Stena Polaris Supports USAF Operation Pacer Goose to Greenland
October 14, 2022
At the beginning of August 2022, Stena Polaris participated in US
Air Force’s annual re-supply mission Pacer Goose. The purpose of the
mission is to re-supply the US Thule Air Base in the northwest
corner of Greenland with life-sustaining supplies, i.e. fuels,
building materials, vehicles and other types of heavier supplies.
The operation is carried out every year in July or August, the only
time of year weather conditions permit and when the ice is at its
The Thule Air Base is operated by the US Air Force Space Command.
The base was established in the 1940s and houses around 600 military
Stena Polaris was used for the transport of 230,000 barrels of jet
fuel. The journey from the port in Athens, Greece, through the
Mediterranean, across the Atlantic and up through the Labrador Sea
went well. The weather was good and the sea mostly ice-free. Stena
Polaris was escorted into port by the two icebreakers Des
Groseilliers and Ocean Gladiator.
Stena Polaris is since the beginning of 2022 contracted by Crowley
Government Services Inc. Crowley in turn leases the vessel to the US
Military Sealift Command, who use her for transportation of fuels to
bases around the globe.
The Stena Polaris has been converted to meet requirements posed by
the U.S. Department of Defense. Among other things, the ship has
received equipment for bunkering military ships while at sea. Stena
Polaris sails under the flag of United States and is manned by an