The United States Must Defend Open Seas in the Arctic

Front to back: The U.S. Navy Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter, the Royal Navy Type-23 Duke-class frigate HMS Kent, the U.S. Navy fast-combat support ship USNS Supply, and the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt conduct joint operations in the Arctic Ocean, May 5, 2020. (Royal Navy Photographer Dan Rosenbaum/US Navy/Handout via Reuters)
The U.S. Navy needs more ships to defend its Arctic interests.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast week, the United States Navy sent ships into the Barents Sea for the first time since 2010. The U.S. Naval Forces Europe announced that the exercise was intended “to assert freedom of navigation and demonstrate seamless integration among allies.” This was a good first step. But four ships operating in an ice-free Barents Sea will not reverse the decades of neglect and lack of investment in the types of ships necessary for the United States to protect its interests and those of its allies in the Arctic region. Currently, its lack of investment in icebreakers and other types of

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