ARCTIC OCEAN (NNS) -- Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2007, a joint U.S. Navy/Royal Navy training event on and under the Arctic ice turned Hollywood when Stargate SG-1 cast members headed north to film aboard USS Alexandria (SSN 757) after the nuclear-powered attack submarine punched through the polar ice pack March 28.
ICEX played the perfect part in the film "Stargate: Continuum," serving as the backdrop for the movie as the 360-foot, 7,100-ton submarine surfaced from the frigid depths through the ice launching the conning tower under a giant "X," right on cue.
"That was unbelievable," said Stargate star Amanda Tapping, who plays U.S. Air Force Col. Samantha Carter. "They hit that 'X' better than any actor I've ever seen."
After the sub's debut, the movie's stars climbed out of the cold and aboard the improved Los Angeles-class vessel to film additional scenes. Electronics Technician 2nd Class Courtney D. Miler, a longtime Stargate fan, played an extra.
"It's a good way for us to get a little recognition because this boat does work hard," he said.
The boat surfaced in a spot surrounded by
alien-looking ridges in the blinding white snowscape.
When not on the Alexandria, the Stargate entourage filmed at and around an ICEX camp built on a mile-long ice floe adrift in the Beaufort Sea.
Even though her character, Col. Carter, has trekked through space and time, Tapping said living on the icescape left her awestruck.
"It was just so different," she said." It's just the thought of being out here in the middle of the Arctic sitting on a block of ice with 40 other people."
The genesis of the Stargate trek to the Arctic began two years ago when Barry L. Campbell, head of operations at the San Diego-based U.S. Navy Arctic Submarine Laboratory, presented the idea to Executive Producer N. John Smith at a Stargate convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.
"I really didn't think it would come off, especially at this scale, and I think they're getting something unique," said Campbell, who has a speaking role in the film.
Smith, who visited the Arctic set for a day, said working with the Navy and the filming locale were absolutely phenomenal. He described it as "a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the crew," and added that it is "much more than we could have ever dreamed of."
Filming will resume in May in British Columbia, Canada.
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