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Trump interested in buying Greenland: Here are Details about U.S. Air Force Air Base in Greenland

Trump interested in buying Greenland: Here are Details about U.S. Air Force Air Base in Greenland

President Donald Trump has discussed the prospect of purchasing Greenland, the world’s largest island, on multiple occasions, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal.

The Journal, citing people familiar with the deliberations, said Trump has “repeatedly expressed interest” in buying Greenland with “varying degrees of seriousness.”

 

Greenland,  is an autonomous territory of the Kingdom of Denmark, is between the North Atlantic aThule Air Base is 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle and midway between New York and Moscow. The base is home to the 12th Space Warning Squadron, which detects ICBMs headed toward North America with its Ballistic Missile Early Warning System.
nd Arctic oceans and has a population of roughly 56,000. Its government has authority over local matters, while Denmark handles issues related to foreign policy.

The US has bought territory from other countries in the past, including Alaska from Russia in 1867.

Here are Details about U.S. Air Force Air Base in Greenland

The northern most United States Air Force Base. Image Credits: wikimapia.org

The US has operated Thule Air Base in Greenland’s high Arctic since the 1950s. Thule Air Base is 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle and midway between New York and Moscow. Construction was completed in 1953.

Thule’s population is about 600 military and civilian personnel — 400 Danes, 50 Greenlanders, 3 Canadians, and 140 Americans.

The base is home to the 12th Space Warning Squadron, which detects ICBMs headed toward North America with its Ballistic Missile Early Warning System.

Thule is locked in by ice nine months each year. A Canadian Icebreaker ship comes in during the summer to clear a path for cargo ships from the US, Canada, and Denmark to replenish the base’s supply of fuel, construction supplies, cargo, and food.

In the summer months, Thule sees 24 hours of sunlight. Flowers like poppies bloom, and cotton and moss grow. Birds like peregrine falcons fly in, and mosquitos proliferate — to the extent that locals refer to them as the “Greenlandic Air Force.”

Temperatures at Thule have reached up to 68 Fahrenheit in the summer months; but during the winter, they can fall below -30, with winds up to 100 knots.

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