Did you know polar bears don’t really like when submarines come to visit them?
Three Polar bears approach the starboard bow of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS Honolulu (SSN 718) while surfaced 280 miles from the North Pole. Sighted by a lookout from the bridge (sail) of the submarine, the bears investigated the boat for almost 2 hours before leaving. Commanded by Cmdr. Charles Harris, USS Honolulu while conducting otherwise classified operations in the Arctic, collected scientific data and water samples for U.S. and Canadian Universities as part of an agreement with the Arctic Submarine Laboratory (ASL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). USS Honolulu is the 24th Los Angeles-class submarine, and the first original design in her class to visit the North Pole region. Honolulu is as assigned to Commander Submarine Pacific, Submarine Squadron Three, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs. (RELEASED)
It’s not the first time a Sub has had a running in with a Polar Bear. On 27 April 2003 the USS Connecticut poked it’s sail and periscope through the ice between Alaska and the North Pole and was approached by a large polar bear, who chewed, pawed, and bit at the periscope for a period of 40 minutes before finally becoming bored and walking off. The damage was reported as minor.
Now I am guessing the bears just thought the submarines were just giant sardine cans filled with many tasty meals. Unfortunately for the bears they were not able to break in and no crew members or bears were injured.