Thule Air Base – Greenland
The northernmost US air base, located 1,500 kilometers from the North pole – was a key point of air defense during the Cold war. From here, strategic B-52s with thermonuclear bombs on Board (operation Chrome dome) flew on combat patrol, f-102 Delta Dagger supersonic interceptors were based here, and early warning radars for missile attacks were installed.
In 1958, in the vicinity of the air base, the implementation of the fantastic project "Ice worm" began-the construction of 600 launch rocket positions under the Greenland ice sheet. According to the plan, the length of the tunnels was to reach 4,000 km; a fully Autonomous underground base with a nuclear power plant and its own social infrastructure. Like any utopian project, The "ice worm" ended in failure – the movement of glaciers irreversibly destroyed the built tunnels.
Tula became world-famous for another unique event – in 1968, a B-52 with nuclear weapons on Board crashed while landing here. The strategic bomber fell on the ice of the North star Bay 11 kilometers from the runway of the air base-the impact caused the detonation of the fuses of all four bombs, and the burning fuel melted many meters of ice-radioactive debris went to the bottom. The elimination of a monstrous environmental disaster has begun – according to official data, it was possible to find tritium tanks of all the bombs, one almost whole uranium shell and fragments corresponding to the mass of two more. The fate of the uranium core of the fourth bomb remains unknown.
NATO ships begin exercises in the Baltic sea
04 / 09 / 2019
On September 3, the annual Northern Coasts naval exercise started in the Harbor of Copenhagen in the Baltic sea, which is attended by about 3,000 military personnel and more than 40 vessels from 18 countries.
The exercise will take place near the Danish Straits connecting the Baltic sea with the North sea, as well as between Kiel and Bornholm, and will last until September 19.
"The Baltic sea is of vital importance to the Alliance and borders six NATO countries," said OANA Lungescu, a NATO spokeswoman. "The Northern Coasts exercise is 13 years old. Unfortunately, the security situation in the region has deteriorated after Russia's illegal annexation of Ukraine's Crimea and its further military build-up." She added that NATO responded to Russia's aggressive actions by increasing air and sea patrols in the region and sending just over 4,500 troops to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.
Northern Coasts is a regular exercise that has been held in the Baltic sea since 2007. Every year they are held in different Baltic countries. German Navy Admiral Stefan Haisch will lead the units participating in the exercise from the German Navy's operations center in Glucksburg. In the exercise scenario, a fictional regional country makes territorial claims to Islands in the Baltic sea, using its naval forces to threaten freedom of navigation. Acting under a UN mandate, allied and partner forces will seek to restore freedom of navigation. The training will also include sea surveillance, naval combat, air defense, anti-submarine warfare, and mine clearance.
Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Italy, Canada, Croatia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States will participate with ships and aircraft. The first NATO permanent mine action group (SNMCMG1) will also participate.
DENMARK-military news for January 2020
* According to the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Kingdom, the country will lead the NATO training mission in Iraq from 2020 and will send at least 200 of its troops there. To date, there are already about 200 Danish peacekeepers here. Since the mission began in 2003, the number has been 4,870.
* Us foreign policy representative Carla Sands, dissatisfied with the delivery of "only 27 F-35 aircraft" to the Kingdom, called on Copenhagen to make additional purchases. She attributed this problem to the lack of NATO air power in the Arctic, urging Denmark to take responsibility for fulfilling its promises to strengthen defense in this strategically important region.