Coast Guard Cutter Healy Returns From Bering Sea Mission

COAST GUARD ISLAND, ALAMEDA, Calif. – The 420-foot Coast Guard cutter Healy returned to its homeport of Seattle today after a three-month deployment to the Bering Sea in support of two scientific missions.

In April and May, scientists conducted a Bering Sea ecosystem study in which they looked at the entire ecosystem in the central and southern Bering Sea. Healy crewmembers took samples from 216 locations between Unimak Pass and St. Lawrence Island, Alaska.

In May and June, scientists led a study called “Climate Driven Changes in Impacts of Benthic Predators in the Northern Bering Sea” that investigated the ecosystem of the sea floor in the northern Bering Sea. Crewmembers took samples from 172 locations between St. Matthew Island and the Diomede Islands.

During the deployment, crewmembers conducted nearly 10,000 miles of sea floor mapping with the Healy’s SONAR.

The Healy is the Nation’s largest and most technically advanced icebreaker.

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