Russia, China Offer Challenges in the Arctic

America's top naval commander in Europe looks at the geostrategic challenges of the warming High North.

As the United States celebrated Independence Day last week, the ballistic missile submarine USS Alaska arrived for a port visit to Faslane, Scotland — home to a Royal Navy submarine base strategically situated near a gateway to the Arctic Ocean. This rare visit by an SSBN upholds our nation's special relationship with the United Kingdom and our ironclad commitment to NATO and our partners in the North Atlantic. It particularly underscores our Navy's presence in the Arctic, where warming seas are creating new geostrategic challenges. 

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