Coast Guard Cutter Healy: Mission Update Aug. 26, 2013

Arctic Service

Representatives from each department receiving their first Arctic Service Medals. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Rebecca Follmer.

We check in with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot Seattle-based polar icebreaker, as they continue their Arctic West Summer 2013 deployment. Republished with permission from Ensign Rebecca Follmer, a member of the ship’s operations department and public affairs officer aboard Healy.

Hello friends and family!

Welcome back to the Healy blog. We have continued coring operations and mapping of the ocean floor. But as always, there is more to our story behind the scenes. Take a look!

This week the Weather Channel began broadcast of a documentary called “Breaking Ice”. The series follows Healy during last year’s deployment and shows Germany’s icebreaker RV Polarstern, which is tasked with the critical mission to resupply Germany’s Antarctic research station. The series premiered on August 17th. For friends and family members of crew members aboard last year, tune in and watch your loved ones in action. Family and friends of newly reported crew members can gain some perspective of life aboard Healy.

CO XO go ashore

Capt. John Reeves, commanding officer, (right) and Cmdr. Gregory Stanclik, executive officer, (left) enjoying their time on the ice. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Rebecca Follmer.

Friday, Aug. 23, marked 21 days above the Arctic Circle for the crew. Spending so much time in the Arctic earned the crew and embarked science party the Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal. Congratulations to everyone who earned their first Arctic Service Medal. Welcome back for those who have served in the Arctic before!

Saturday the crew and science party worked together to make a few adjustments to the science schedule. You may be asking yourself why am I mentioning such a mundane detail, but it’s worth it to continue reading. The schedule change is important because it allowed us to travel north to find some thicker sea ice for ice liberty! And sure enough, on Saturday afternoon we found an ice floe big and stable enough. The crew and science party enjoyed an afternoon on the ice. Amazing!

Ice Liberty science party

The 13-02 science party and crew on the ice liberty. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Shannon Riley.

In addition to making time in the schedule to hold ice liberty, the science party also hosted the morale meal this week. The theme was a pizza party and it was delicious. My personal favorite was the pesto pizza, and those chocolate cookies with fudge icing. Yum! Thank you science party for an amazing day!

As many of you were likely warned by your loved ones aboard, we have transited further north and east through the week. During our travels, we have made a startling discovery of a place that few, if any, of us aboard have ever seen. Sit down for this one…we are approaching the edge of the internet. Actually, as I write this the internet signal is very weak, so I will now send greetings from beyond the cyber realm!

And here are a few more ice liberty pictures because I couldn’t narrow down which ones to use. Enjoy!

Going Ashore

Healy resting next to the ice floe. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Thomas Lowry.



The mustache bearing crew members showing their mustache pride. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Master Chief Petty Officer Timothy Sullivan.

Thank you for reading and for your continued support of the ship and our crew. To read past updates please see earlier blogposts on the Coast Guard Alaska Blog or visit our webpage.

Very respectfully,

Ensign Rebecca Follmer
Public Affairs Officer

Ex Arctic Scientia
“From the Arctic, Knowledge”

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