Coast Guard cutter Healy arrives in Kodiak after completing Arctic mission

KODIAK, ALASKA – The nation’s largest icebreaker, the 420-foot Coast Guard cutter Healy, arrived here today for a brief port call before continuing on to their homeport of Seattle. The Healy’s arrival in Kodiak comes at the conclusion of the cutter’s Arctic West Summer 2008 mission.

The Healy crew spent the past four months in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean studying the ecosystem and the Extended Continental Shelf. The Healy crew will depart Kodiak Wednesday and is scheduled to arrive in Ketchikan, Alaska Saturday. The Healy will not be available for public tours.

The Healy, which was commissioned in 2000, is the nation’s newest and largest of the nation’s three polar icebreakers. The cutter has a permanent crew of 80; her primary mission is scientific support. In addition, the Healy is capable of other missions such as logistics, search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and the enforcement of laws and treaties in the Polar Regions.

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