Nation’s only heavy icebreaker returns home following 105-day Antarctic trip

Nation's only heavy icebreaker returns home following 105-day Antarctic trip
The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a 399-foot Heavy Icebreaker pull into Coast Guard Base Seattle, March 11, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross. SEATTLE — The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returned Monday to their homeport of Seattle following a 105-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze. Operation...

United States’ lone heavy icebreaker begins Antarctic deployment

United States’ lone heavy icebreaker begins Antarctic deployment
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arriving in Honolulu. U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle. HONOLULU — The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived Tuesday in Pearl Harbor to make final preparations before sailing to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2019. The 42-year-old Coast Guard cutter is the United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker. The crew...

Cutter Healy returns home following 129-day Arctic deployment

Cutter Healy returns home following 129-day Arctic deployment
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20), a polar-class ice breaker, transits Southeast Alaskan waters Nov. 24, 2018. The Healy is one of two ice breakers in U.S. service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Kellen Browne. SEATTLE – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy returned home Friday to their homeport in Seattle following a four-month deployment in the Arctic. In addition to providing presence...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns home after six months in dry dock

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns home after six months in dry dock
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star steams across Elliot Bay. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener) SEATTLE — Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived home to Seattle Wednesday following a six-month maintenance period at Mare Island Dry Dock in Vallejo, California. The 42-year-old icebreaker received extensive repairs and upgrades to engineering and electronic...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns from Operation Deep Freeze

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns from Operation Deep Freeze
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 Star, returned home Friday to Seattle after supporting Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica, the U.S....

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...