Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns from Operation Deep Freeze

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns from Operation Deep Freeze
googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0'); }); Friends and family members wait for the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star while the vessel is moored at Base Seattle, March 16, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi. SEATTLE — The crew aboard the United States’ only heavy icebreaker, Coast Guard Cutter Polar...

Despite flooding, engine failure, U.S. icebreaker completes Antarctica operation

Despite flooding, engine failure, U.S. icebreaker completes Antarctica operation
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. McMURDO STATION, Antarctica – The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star completed their mission Tuesday in support of National Science Foundation (NSF) after cutting a resupply channel through 15 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross...

Nation’s only heavy icebreaker departs for Antarctic military operations

Nation’s only heavy icebreaker departs for Antarctic military operations
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, with 75,000 horsepower and its 13,500-ton weight, is guided by its crew to break through Antarctic ice en route to the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Jan. 16, 2017. The ship, which was designed more than 40 years ago, remains the world’s most powerful non-nuclear icebreaker. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley HONOLULU...

Seattle-based Coast Guard Polar icebreaker returns home following Antarctic mission

Seattle-based Coast Guard Polar icebreaker returns home following Antarctic mission
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a 399-foot heavy icebreaker, is escorted by the crew of the Westrac II, a 73-foot towing vessel, as they moor to Pier 66 in Seattle, March 17, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross. SEATTLE — Families and friends welcomed home the crew of the Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, following a 107-day deployment...

Coast Guard Polar icebreaker to return home following Antarctic mission

Coast Guard Polar icebreaker to return home following Antarctic mission
SEATTLE — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is returning home Friday from an expedition to Antarctica where they supported Operation Deep Freeze 2017, the U.S. military’s component of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. Polar Star’s crew facilitated the annual resupply and refueling of two research stations, McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole, by escorting...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star operates near two seals off the shore of Antarctica, Jan. 16, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station Tuesday after cutting a resupply channel through more than 60 miles of Antarctic ice...

Coast Guard Cutter Healy reaches North Pole during historic expedition

Coast Guard Cutter Healy reaches North Pole during historic expedition
The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Geotraces science team have their portrait taken at the North Pole Sept. 7, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall) ARCTIC OCEAN — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, homeported in Seattle, arrived at the North Pole Sept. 5, 2015, becoming the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied. This is also only the fourth...

Coast Guard icebreaker rescues man aboard sailboat trapped in Arctic ice

Coast Guard icebreaker rescues man aboard sailboat trapped in Arctic ice
JUNEAU, Alaska — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a polar icebreaker, rescued a man aboard a sailboat trapped in Arctic ice approximately 40 miles northeast of Barrow, Saturday. The crew of the Healy broke a 12 mile path through the Arctic ice with the sailboat, Altan Girl, in tow and led it to open water. The Healy crew conducted a safety inspection of the mariner’s vessel to ensure...

Coast Guard Cutter Healy returns home after 117 days underway

Coast Guard Cutter Healy returns home after 117 days underway
SEATTLE – The Coast Guard Cutter Healy moored in Seattle Tuesday afternoon after completing 117 days underway for operations in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, Beaufort Sea, and Arctic Ocean. During that time, Healy’ crew of 88 successfully conducted three science missions and one Coast Guard mission to further the nation’s scientific knowledge of the Arctic. The first science mission was a multidisciplinary...