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Royal Blue Nose (Realm of the Arctic)


Royal Blue Nose (Realm of the Arctic)

Crossing of the Arctic Circle (66-32 North latitude). Also known as the "Northern Domain of the Polar Bear" or "Blue Nose."

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Comment by Robert T Semos on December 20, 2016 at 4:50pm

Crossed the Arctic Circle on 9/20/1960 while on board the USS Abbot DD629

Comment by Ron Olesen on May 12, 2016 at 3:05pm

Crossed into the Arctic circle as an RM with Commander Landing Ship Squadron 7, embarked in the USS Chittenden County, LST 561.  We had rounded Point Barrow and were waiting to rendezvous with 7 commercial ships and got frozen in.  An USCG and Navy icebreaker came in to get us out.  As we proceeded to replenish th DEWLine sites, we took a piece of polar ice down the port side which ripped a hole 18" wide and 22 feet long thru the fuel tanks.  The USS Grapple put a diver in the water (brrrrrrr) and examined the damage.  We finished the mission with no problems.  We were told to continue on thru the Nortwest passage, but Commodore W.L. Kitch said he had been away from his family long enough (he was a hot s*** submarine officer during WWII) and we returned to Long Beach. 

Second replenishment in 1957 was uneventful except for the crew trading .22 rifle bullets, potatoes, sweaters, etal for eskimo furs.  If you know the fact that they use urine to cure the furs, you will know why this was not a good idea.

Comment by Frank Nadeau on December 21, 2012 at 3:23pm

Crossed the Circle on the USS Macon CA132  during a NATO op in '60. 

Comment by Richard Michael Carpino on November 30, 2012 at 2:09am

Received my Blue Nose while serving on the USS Chemung AO-30 on September 1st 1962

Comment by Bruce H. "Skip" May on June 18, 2012 at 11:19am

Got my Blue Nose while serving at Andoya, Norway in March, 1989, on one of the coldest days of the year, along with 30 other sailors and discovered that "ditch swimming" with a sardine in my mouth was as "interesting" as it gets. Great experience and treasure my Blue Nose Certificate.

Comment by James F Wallace on May 11, 2012 at 7:57pm

I crossed in March 1971 on the USS Will Rogers (SSBN 659), the last of the original boomers.

Comment by Walter Ramsey on March 27, 2012 at 12:14am

I was a member of the Ships Company of the USS Newport News CA-148 on a NATO Operation Teamwork Cruise. We sailed through the Iceland Faeroe Gap to the Norwegian Sea, at the Arctic Circle in October 1964.

Comment by Angel C Villarini on January 31, 2012 at 3:10am

I crossed on August 29th 1986 and once again on September 13th 1987 onboard the USS Mount Whitney LCC-20.

Comment by Joseph John Olander on January 13, 2012 at 5:09pm

Anyone looking for "BLUE NOSE" patches- you can order them at - they have two styles of patches # P006 and P050. FYI- they are hard to get. They run $7.00 each.

Comment by Joseph John Olander on January 13, 2012 at 4:21pm

I crossed on September 20, 1960 aboard the Destroyer USS ROOKS DD-804. ASW was the mission.


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