Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Healy and researchers from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center spray a vegetable-based dye into the water to simulate an oil spill during an exercise in Arctic waters Aug. 18, 2014. Multiple unmanned systems were used to track the movements of the simulated spill during the exercise. Coast Guard photo by Jason Story.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center studies movement of oil in ice during Arctic simulation

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – As stewards of U.S. marine resources, the Coast Guard has a vested interest in the condition and protection of Alaska’s Arctic waters. That interest has led scientists working with the Coast Guard and […]


A Gavia Scientific Autonomous Underwater Vehicle dries on the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy after recovery from a simulated oil in ice exercise in the Arctic Aug. 20, 2014. The AUV is outfitted with sonar and radar sensors which allow responders to locate oil trapped beneath or within the ice. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard deploys Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Arctic science mission

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – Scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center and their colleagues traveled to the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy this year to evaluate a wide variety of technologies for use […]


Barry Hurst, an instructor from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., and 1st Class Cadet Gabriel Patterson, prepare to test a submersible remotely operated vehicle aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in Seward, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center, based in New London, Conn., conducted an analysis of three ROVs during their exercise aboard the Healy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center conducts analysis of Remotely Operated Vehicles during Arctic mission

AT SEA – Being a multi-mission agency with a diverse range of responsibilities, the Coast Guard relies on a wide variety of technologies to do its job. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center evaluated the capabilities of many new […]


Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy retrieve the glider unit of a Wave Glider Unmanned Surface Vehicle from the ocean during an oil in ice exercise in the Arctic Aug. 21, 2014. The Wave Glider's glider unit can propel the device thousands of miles through the ocean using wave motion as its only power source. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center deploys Unmanned Surface Vehicle during Arctic exercise

AT SEA – In order to expand its presence and understanding of the Arctic, the Coast Guard and its partners evaluated the capabilities of a variety of technologies during the Coast Guard Research and Development Center’s journey aboard the Coast […]


Alex Balsley, a program manager with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Conn., reads an ice radar display while underway in the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy Aug. 17, 2014. The Coast Guard is evaluating the system as part of its Arctic Strategy to test and refine the capabilities of Arctic resource requirements. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center tests Ice Radar Navigation System during Arctic deployment

ALASKA – With its ever-changing ice conditions, the Arctic can be a difficult area to navigate. Seasonal and other shifts in the amount of ice passing through the region require sensitive equipment for vessels to transit safely and, as part […]


Lt. Cmdr. Royce James and Dr. Rich Paolino, both physics professors at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., prepare equipment for testing aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy's Arctic Survey Boat near Nome, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2014. The ASB will be equipped with a range of technologies intended to improve its effectiveness in the Arctic as part of the Arctic Craft Project during Arctic Shield 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jason Story.

Coast Guard Arctic Craft Project looks to older technologies to tackle new challenges in Arctic

ALASKA – As defenders of U.S. marine resources and protectors of lives on the water, the Coast Guard must be always ready for action wherever the nation’s soil meets the sea. That includes the frigid water along the shores of […]


Amy Sun, an advanced program lead for Lockheed-Martin, adjusts a UHF antenna aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy while underway near Alaska Aug. 10, 2014. Sun works with narrowband military satellite systems and is aboard the Healy to test the capabilities of the Mobile User Objective System in the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Shawn Eggert.

Next generation satellite communications system to see testing aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy during Arctic Shield 2014

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – From studying the effects of solar activity to improve radio transmissions to enhancing the capabilities of Automated Identification Systems, the importance of having a reliable communications infrastructure in the Arctic has not been […]


Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mike Turner, Arctic navigation lead for the Coast Guard Research and Development Center based in New London, Conn., explains the use of Automated Identification System software while underway aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy near Alaska Aug. 11, 2014. The Coast Guard and Marine Exchange of Alaska have teamed up to test the capabilities of existing electronic Maritime Safety Information infrastructure in the Arctic as part of Arctic Shield 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard, Marine Exchange of Alaska partner to build next generation of Arctic navigation and safety information system

NOME, Alaska – Between the rough seas, weather and ice the Arctic Ocean can be a dangerous place for navigation. Mariners who plied its waters in the past had little to rely on but radio traffic and a keen eye […]


Coast Guard Lt. Mike Grochowski conducts high frequency noise floor measurements with a spectrum analyzer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy near Alaska Aug. 9, 2014. Grochowski and other members from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, based in New London, Conn., are traveling aboard the Healy to study technologies in the Arctic as part of Arctic Shield 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Bill Jankowski.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center tests Arctic communications modeling aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy

One of the unique challenges of operating in the Arctic is staying in touch. With enormous distances involved in traveling to high latitudes and the sparse population, communications is a challenge. Traditional radio circuits such as Very High Frequency and Ultra High Frequency require that the communicants be within radio line of sight with each other, which is why transmitters are frequently placed on radio towers, allowing VHF and UHF communications up to tens of miles.


Coast Guard Capt. Greg Stanclik, executive officer, Coast Guard Cutter Healy, looks out from the bridge of the Healy as it leaves the port of Seward, Alaska, Aug. 8, 2014. The crew and passengers of the Healy, a 420-foot icebreaker homeported in Seattle, and will travel to the Arctic Circle to conduct research as part of Alaska Shield 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Cutter Healy travels new waters of discovery

SEWARD, Alaska – The name “Healy” carries a lot of history in Alaska and the Arctic. It was Capt. Michael “Roaring Mike” Healy who spent 20 years as judge, doctor and policeman to Alaskan natives as a member of the […]


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