Bombing the Arctic: US Navy War Games in Gulf of Alaska Threaten One of World’s Most Pristine Areas

US Navy War games have started in the Gulf of Alaska.  They involve bombing in the artic, all activities producing an enormous negative environmental effect on the marine animal life and the waters of the gulf.

The bombing operations in the Gulf of Alaska have gone on now for thirty years.  The war games is year will last a total of twelve days. The operation stated yesterday.

But this is the largest operation so far in the gulf.  It involves navy Destroyers, thousands of sailors, soldiers, Marines, coastguardsmen, and hundreds of aircraft.

The operation will entail the detonation of tens of thousands of pounds of toxic munitions, as well as the use of active sonar in fisheries.

The Gulf of Alaska is one of the most pristine places left on Earth; the region includes critical habitat for all wild Alaskan salmon species and 377 other species of marine life.

The story in reported by Amy Goodman of Democracy NewGoodman and her co-host Aaron Mate in the interview with Dahr Jamail of Truthout, who has just published this item.

Asked whether he believed the exercise as given the large exposure to the press as it has, Jamail said that the US wants to expand its oil drilling operation into the Gulf of Alaska, and these war games would probably do the trick.

Goodman and Mate’s report follows.

Ron Larsen

 

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