A den of polar bears curiously approach the bow section of the US Navy (USN) LOS ANGELS CLASS: Attack Submarine USS HONOLULU (SSN 718) after the ship surfaced in the Arctic Circle, 280-miles from the North Pole. SSN 718 is collecting scientific data and water samples for US and Canadian Universities as part of an agreement with the Arctic Submarine Laboratory (ASL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)