Cutter Healy and tanker Renda reach ice-free water

17th Coast Guard District NewsJUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard Cutter Healy and tanker vessel Renda crews reached the ice-free portion of the Bering Sea late Sunday afternoon.

The two vessels are now parting ways as the Healy returns to homeport in Seattle.

“Throughout this historic journey the Coast Guard has benefited from federal, state and local partnerships to deliver the critical fuel supply to the City of Nome,” said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, 17th Coast Guard District commander. “Our number one priority in the last leg of this evolution is to continue ensuring the safety of both crews and the safety of the environment.”

During the delivery of more than 1.3 million gallons of fuel to the city of Nome and subsequent return, the Healy escorted the Renda through about 800 miles of ice-covered Bering Sea. The delivery was necessary due to an early winter storm that prevented a scheduled fuel resupply to the city.

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