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International Arctic Buoy Program
Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Woods, from the Office of Naval Research, reserve component, and Ignatius Rigor from the University of Washington prepare an Air-Deployable Expendable Ice Buoy for deployment in the high Arctic Ocean near the North Pole from a Royal Danish Air Force C-130 aircraft as part of the International Arctic Buoy Program, Sept. 7, 2017. The deployment team, led by the ONR, included personnel from the National Ice Center, Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the University of Washington. IABP is a conglomeration of global participants that maintain a network of drifting buoys in the Arctic Ocean that provide meteorological and oceanographic data for real-time operational requirements and research purposes. Navy photo by John F. Williams