During Operation Polar Dagger, a SEAL team collaborated with the conventional fleet in the Arctic to emphasize their potential role in future conflicts. This exercise took place in the Bering Sea off Alaska, where the SEALs defended vital infrastructure alongside the amphibious transport dock, John P. Murtha. This operation highlights the increasing significance of the Arctic region and efforts by the Navy to integrate SEALs into conventional fleet activities after years of autonomous operations.
- Operation Polar Dagger was conducted in the Bering Sea near Alaska, where East Coast-based SEALs teamed up with the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha to defend key regional infrastructure.
- SEALs navigated from the Murtha’s well deck, using combatant craft assault boats to reach Shemya Island in the Aleutian archipelago, followed by a patrol and a helicopter exit.
- The exercise showcased the SEALs’ capacity to work alongside the conventional fleet in harsh Arctic conditions, distant from their typical operations in places like Iraq or Afghanistan.
- The operation also involved MH-60M Black Hawk helicopters from the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, which transported the SEALs during their mission.
- The Navy has been making efforts in recent years to reintegrate the SEALs into the conventional fleet’s activities, evidenced by their participation in exercises like COMPTUEX in 2021.