Media Advisory: Coast Guard icebreaker deploying for Arctic deployment

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Media Advisory  

July 23, 2018
U.S. Coast Guard 13th District

Contact: Coast Guard 13th District Public Affairs Office
Office: (206) 220-7237
After Hours: (209) 220-7237
13th District online newsroom

Media Advisory: Coast Guard icebreaker deploying for Arctic deployment

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WHO: Coast Guard Cutter Healy commanding officer and crewmembers

WHAT: The crew aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy are departing Seattle to begin their annual Arctic west summer deployment. Members from the media will have the opportunity to tour the cutter, interview the commanding officer and depart from the pier aboard the cutter. Cutter personnel will transport media back to the pier in a small boat after a short transit away from port.

WHEN: 11 a.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Pier 36, 1519 Alaskan Way S, Seattle, WA 98134

Editor’s Note: Media interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP by 4 p.m. Monday to the Coast Guard Public Affairs office at (206) 220-7237


SEATTLE – Coast Guard Cutter Healy is scheduled to depart Tuesday from its homeport in Seattle for a four-month deployment to the Arctic Ocean to carry out multiple scientific research missions.

Healy will provide presence and access to the Arctic while conducting three major science research missions. In partnership with the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Office of Naval Research, scientists will conduct physical and biological oceanographic research in the Arctic Ocean.

Healy’s first mission is a NOAA-sponsored mission to increase understanding of biological processes along Alaska’s Continental Shelf. This mission is comprised of three mission subsets: Distributed Biological Observatory; Northern Chukchi Integrated Study; and the Ecosystems and Fisheries-Oceanography Coordinated Investigations.

The second mission of Healy’s Arctic deployment is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and is focused on understanding how upper level ocean stratification and sea ice in the Beaufort Sea is responding to inflow and surface forcing changes. The Stratified Ocean Dynamics of the Arctic project aims to increase understanding by deploying subsurface moorings and specialized on-ice instruments to observe the fluctuations across an annual cycle.

Healy’s final mission is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and will examine the effects of the Pacific water inflow into the Arctic and its associated boundary current on the ecosystem. This study is part of a multi-year endeavor that combines shipboard measurements taken in the spring and fall, with measurements from a subsea mooring deployed in the center of the boundary current.

Currently under the command of Capt. Greg Tlapa, Healy is the nation’s premiere high-latitude research vessel and is one of the only U.S. military surface vessels that deploys to and is capable of operating in the ice-covered waters of the Arctic. 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. 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.