Surfaces at the North Pole
Angeles-class fast-attack submarine USS Honolulu
surfaced in an open water area approximately 280 miles from
the North Pole in October 2003. While conducting otherwise
classified operations in the Arctic, Honolulu collected
scientific data and water samples for U.S. and Canadian universities
as part of an agreement with the Artic Submarine Laboratory
(ASL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). Commanded
by CDR Charles Harris, Honolulu is the 24th Los
Angeles-class submarine, to visit the North Pole region.
Honolulu is assigned to COMSUBPAC, Submarine Squadron
3, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Pictured right, three polar bears
approach Honolulu’s starboard bow. Sighted
by a lookout from the sail of the submarine, the bears investigated
the boat for almost two hours before leaving.