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Nation's largest icebreaker makes port call in Ketchikan


October 13, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - The nation's largest icebreaker, the 420-foot Coast Guard cutter Healy, arrived in Ketchikan, Saturday for a brief port call before continuing on to her homeport of Seattle. The Healy's arrival in Ketchikan comes at the conclusion of the cutter's Arctic West Summer 2008 mission.

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The 420-foot Coast Guard cutter Healy, at dock in downtown Ketchikan.
Photograph by Lisa Thompson

The Healy crew spent the past four months in the Bering Sea and Arctic Ocean studying the ecosystem and the Extended Continental Shelf. The Healy crew departed Ketchikan Monday and is scheduled to arrive in Seattle, Wednesday. The Healy was not available for public tours while in Ketchikan.

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Coast Guard cutter Healy docked in Ketchikan.
Photograph by Lisa Thompson

The Healy, which was commissioned in 2000, is the nation's newest and largest of the nation's three polar icebreakers. The cutter has a permanent crew of 80; her primary mission is scientific support. In addition, the Healy is capable of other missions such as logistics, search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and the enforcement of laws and treaties in the Polar Regions.


On the Web:

Coast Guard cutter Healy: 2008 USCG Polar Icebreaker Cruise Report

Coast Guard cutter Healy: Arctive West Summer (AWS)


Source of News:

United States Coast Guard


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