After a long and cold trip, the Coast Guard Cutter Healy moored in San Diego over the weekend, but it’s scheduled to deploy again later this summer to one of earth’s coldest regions: the Arctic.
After completing a six-month maintenance period following a five-month Arctic deployment in 2017, the cutter stopped in San Diego Saturday and opened for public tours Sunday. Coast Guard crewmembers answered visitor questions about Healy and offered details about the planned operations during the upcoming Arctic trek.
According to the Coast Guard, “Healy will provide presence and access in the Arctic to conduct three major research missions. In partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Office of Naval Research, [the crew will] conduct physical and biological research in the Arctic Ocean.”
Currently under the command of Capt. Greg Tlapa, “Healy is the nation’s premiere high-latitude research vessel and is one of the only two U.S. military surface vessels that deploys to and is capable of operating in the ice covered waters of the Arctic,” according to the Coast Guard.
“In addition to science operations, Healy and the crew are capable of conducting a range of Coast Guard operations such as search and rescue, ship escorts, environmental protection and the enforcement of laws and treaties in the Polar Regions,” the Coast Guard continued. “Healy provides access and presence throughout the Arctic region to protect U.S. maritime borders and to safeguard the maritime economy.”
Homeported in Seattle, Healy is the largest ship in the U.S. Coast Guard at 420-feet long with a displacement of over 16,000 tons and a permanent crew of 87.
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