Arctic Submarine project:

The USS Hawkbill (SSN 666) surfaced at the North Pole during the SCICEX cruise in 1998 (and again in 1999). This picture was taken during the 1998 surfacing. The sailors in the foreground are playing chess. Behind them Jay Ardai (LDEO) and Lt. Val Schmidt (of the Hawkbill) are monitoring the status of a winch that has lowered a small sampling device to the seafloor. The Hawkbill is in the background. Notice the large block of ice on the foredeck. When the boat surfaced through the ice, this block of ice remained on deck.