Cutter Healy crew invites public to open house in Juneau, Alaska

Coast Guard Alaska NewsKODIAK, Alaska — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy is inviting the public to tour the Coast Guard’s newest and most technologically advanced polar ice breaker during their open house Thursday and Friday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at South Franklin Dock in Juneau.

The tour of the Healy is free to the public. All children must be accompanied by an adult and no pets are allowed aboard the cutter. Coast Guard crewmembers will be standing by to answer questions about the 420-foot icebreaker and their most recent operation in the Arctic Ocean.

As part of their visit to Juneau, the crew of the Healy will also go through their Command Assessment Readiness Training given by the commanding officer. CART assesses the crew’s operational proficiency, formal school training and team training, as well as inspections of material and equipment status. During this time the cutter will be closed to the public.

The Healy was commissioned in 2000 and its primary mission is scientific support. Homeported in Seattle, the cutter has a permanent crew of 80 and can accommodate up to 50 scientists. In addition, the Healy is capable of other missions such as search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and the enforcement of laws and treaties in the Polar Regions.

For more information about the Healy, please visit: http://www.uscg.mil/pacarea/cgchealy.

For more information about the Healy’s Arctic West Summer 2012 missions, please visit:http://www.uscg.mil/pacarea/cgchealy/aws12/.

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