Danish Navy’s Long Range Reconnaissance Sirius Dog Sled Patrol

first published on March 17, 2020 by

The Danish Navy’s Sirius Dog Sled Patrol is a long-range reconnaissance unit that remains ever vigilant in the Arctic and eastern Greenland.

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Locally known as Slædepatruljen Sirius, the unit was initially formed in 1941 to keep German troops from occupying Greenland. They continue to patrol the region today to maintain Danish sovereignty and authority over the area.

The missions consist of 12 different two-man teams with about a dozen sled dogs for each team. Each team may patrol for up to four months alone before being relieved. The patrols are resupplied by air drops.

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Some of the teams patrol throughout December and January, meaning they will not see the sun for 30 days straight. During that time, winter storms are at their worst. These elite troops must be both mentally strong and physically fit.


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