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US Paratroopers Conduct Large-Scale Exercise in Alaska

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US army’s paratroopers conducted a large-scale airborne operation in Alaska.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Almost 200 US army’s paratroopers conducted a large-scale airborne operation during an exercise in Alaska, according to US Department of Defense press release.

“US Army Alaska paratroopers conducted the largest US airborne operation north of the Arctic Circle in over a decade,” the release issued on Thursday read.

The jump, hailed Spartan Pegasus, was aimed at honing US paratroopers’ skills in conducting Arctic airborne and mobility operations, according to the release.

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“Approximately 180 paratroopers, two support vehicles and two arctic sustainment packages parachuted from two Alaska National Guard C-130 and two C-17 aircraft during the exercise,” the release said.

Spartan Pegasus provided a unique opportunity for US Army Alaska to practice extreme cold weather mobility, high-altitude survival, mobility and mountain warfare, according to the Department of Defense.

The Arctic region, with ice loss enabling further natural resources exploration and opening new shipping routes, has become the subject of international attention and disputes.

The five Arctic coastal states, namely the United States, Russia, Canada, Norway, and Denmark are limited to their exclusive economic zones of 200 nautical miles.

On Wednesday, Russia’s Defense Minister did not rule out the possibility of protecting Russian national interests in the Arctic with military means as the region becomes the focus of attention from various countries, including those that do not have direct access to the Arctic Circle.


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