Coast Guard Cutter Healy returns from Arctic after scientific mission

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the nation’s largest icebreaker, is scheduled to arrive here to Pier 36 at Integrated Support Command Wednesday at 9 a.m., after completing a four-month scientific mission to the Arctic.

With up to 50 embarked scientists, the Healy’s crew studied ecosystems in the Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean and the Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). The Healy will undergo necessary maintenance in Seattle before the cutter gets underway for next year’s mission.

“The cruise greatly improved our understanding of the Arctic Ocean sea floor morphology and geology north of the Chukchi Cap, and will provide valuable data and insight for the delineation of the limits of the U.S. ECS,” said Chief Scientist Dr. Larry Mayer.

The Healy, which was commissioned in 2000, is the nation’s newest and largest of three polar icebreakers. The cutter is 420-feet long and has extensive scientific capabilities. The cutter has a permanent crew of 80 and is capable of other missions such as search and rescue, ship escort in polar ice, environmental protection, and the enforcement of laws and treaties in the polar regions.

For more information about the Healy’s scientific missions visit these websites:

If you have any problems viewing this article, please report it here.