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U.S. Navy could close Arctic submarine ice camp after cracks appear

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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is mulling whether to dismantle or relocate an ice camp used to support submarine exercises off the Alaskan coast after cracks appeared in the ice, sources familiar with the process said on Monday.

This is the first time since 2011 that the U.S. Navy has built a temporary base camp on the ice far north of Prudhoe Bay to support submarine exercises in the region, although it did carry out a similar exercise in 2012 without a camp.

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