Coast Guard Cutter Healy Returns To Seattle

13th Coast Guard District NewsSEATTLE — Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the nation’s largest and only operational Polar ice breaker moored at Coast Guard Base Seattle, Sunday, at 9 a.m., after completing a 254-day deployment.

The Healy completed four Arctic science missions during the 2011 field season, as well as an 800-mile Bering Sea ice-escort of the Russian-flagged tanker vessel Renda to Nome, Alaska for a winter fuel delivery by sea.

Healy embarked on the first-ever domestic icebreaking operation in Alaska. Icebreaking through 800 miles of Bering Sea ice, Healy escorted the Renda to and from Nome, where it safety offloaded 1.3 million gallons of fuel. Without this delivery, the town of Nome would have run out of its winter fuel reserves by March.

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