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This Is What A Canadian Aircraft Carrier Looks Like (PHOTOS)

10/15/2014 03:15 EDT | Updated 10/15/2014 09:59 EDT

So what if the USA has 10 nuclear-powered submarines that look more like cities than ships. Canada has some pretty impressive "aircraft carriers" of its own.

Who needs a floating city when you have floating ice?

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The photo (captured by Capt. Ray Connelly) shows two Canadian helicopters hovering just above an iceberg in a fjord in Nunavut and has racked up nearly one million views in just one day on Reddit.

The headline -- "Two helicopters from Canada's 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron take off from a Canadian aircraft carrier." -- might have had something to do with it.

While the choppers didn't actually land on the iceberg, they did do something every bit as impressive.

The two CH-146 Griffon aircraft just took part in Operation Nevus, a mission that saw the two choppers from the 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in St-Hubert, Quebec transport equipment needed to maintain communications between Ellesmere Island and the rest of Canada. It's a roughly 4,000 kilometre journey.

This is the first year the choppers made the trip up north on their own. In previous years they were carried aboard CC-177 Globemaster aircraft.

Pretty cool.

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