The US Navy is considering whether to deploy submarine-hunting P-8 Poseidon aircraft to a Cold War-era base in Alaska in an effort to keep a closer eye on Chinese and Russian movements in the Arctic.
The Russian friends are warming up five airstrips and 10,000 Spetsnaz troops in the Arctic for territorial search and rescue security missions.
Previously, Navy officials estimated some $1.3 billion would be needed to reopen the Adak base, but Spencer told lawmakers that the Navy could get away with spending less to get the base up and running.
The airstrip on the island of Adak, a remote island hundreds of miles from the Alaskan coast on the Aleutian island chain, is in “great shape.” In order to make the airfield usable for the US Navy.
The Arctic region is estimated to hold 15% of the world’s remaining oil and as much as 30% of global natural gas deposits.
Since August, the second operational fleet of the US Navy is being created. Its main task will be to expand US military presence in the Arctic.
Sputnik / ABC Flash Point Oil News 2018.