US Drops Paratroopers in Alaska’s Arctic Circle. Response to Russian drop?

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by Will Rodriguez 5 Comments

The US dropped 40 paratroopers from the 6th Engineer Battalion in Deadhorse Alaska less than a month after the Russians dropped 350 paratroopers on Kotelny Island in the New Siberian Islands archipelago.  The Russians simulated an airfield seizure.  Russia also dropped 50 paratroopers into Camp Barneo, a drifting research station in trouble because of an early ice flow breakup.

The Army exercise “Spartan Pegasus” was a joint exercise with the Alaska National Guard designed to work relationships and hone arctic warfare skills.  While there the US troops visited a pumping station for orientation.  It was the first ever airborne operation in the Arctic Circle.

In related news the US released the National Strategy for the Arctic Region last year around this time which discussed US plans to respond to opportunities in the arctic region.

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  • YankeePapa

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    …If message… somewhat subdued…as drop in our own back yard… In addition to the larger drop on Siberian island Russian paratroopers were air dropped on drifting ice in the Arctic Ocean at ice station “Barneo” near the North Pole.  
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    …Of course the U.S. drop might be a training exercise intended as a workup for later drop.  If I were the drop commander I’d just as soon work out any bugs dropping on Alaskan mainland rather than on drifting ice… 
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    …Most Americans not aware that units of the 1st Special Service force (mixed unit of Americans and Canadians) ready for combat drop on Kiska if needed… rest of Force took part in amphibious landing.  Turned out that the Japanese evacuated in the fog some time before.  Large drop on Kiska had potential to be “interesting” even without an enemy on the ground…
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    -YP-

  • ArcticWarrior

    Whats old is new again. In 1971 O Company dropped onto the polar cap, which was basically the same response to Soviet activities on th eice in the late ’60’s. Then you had the whole St. Lawrence Island anti-Soviet “combat” surveillance Op. It is long overdue.
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/usarak/6957347319/

  • ArcticWarrior

    Kiska is mostly uneven ground with a volcano and other mountains. It rains – a lot. Has hail and fog. Had it gone off, the jump would have been one of the most infamous DZ’s in US history no matter where it was set up on that island. The Aleutian Campaign is mostly forgotten….
    http://www.adn.com/2010/05/29/1299993/forgotten-battlefield-kiska-one.html

  • YankeePapa

    ArcticWarrior,
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    “… the jump would have been one of the most infamous DZ’s in US history…”
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    …As I said… had the potential to be “interesting…”
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    -YP-

  • ArcticWarrior

    YankeePapa ArcticWarrior Just from looking at the old maps and photos, it looked like the best place was to do it right on top of the Japanese….

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/37/Kiska_Reconnaissance_Photo_-_11_October_1942.jpg/1024px-Kiska_Reconnaissance_Photo_-_11_October_1942.jpg

    I think YP that you should add your touch and do an article and breakdown the Aleutians, it was rough stuff, history forgot about that AO. Because of what happened the ALCAN HAD to be built at all costs……….