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U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area
MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard icebreaker returns home to Seattle after 124-day Arctic deployment
Who: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB 20) commanding officer and crew
What: Returning to Seattle following four-month Arctic deployment
When: Friday, 4 p.m.
Where: Coast Guard Base Seattle, 1519 Alaskan Way S, Seattle, WA 98134
SEATTLE — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB 20) is scheduled to return home to Seattle, Friday, following a historic 17,000-mile, 124-day deployment in the high Arctic latitudes that included a transit to the North Pole.
The crew’s efforts demonstrated interoperability in the Polar Region, supported U.S. security objectives, and projected an ice-capable presence in Arctic waters and the Gulf of Alaska.
Commissioned in 2000, Healy is a 420-foot medium icebreaker and a uniquely capable oceanographic research platform. Healy’s crew traversed the ice-packed Arctic Ocean to the top of the world, reaching the geographic North Pole on Sept. 30, 2022. This was only the second time a U.S. vessel had reached 90 degrees north unaccompanied.
Media are encouraged to contact Coast Guard public affairs at 206-251-3237 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an escort at Base Seattle to attend the ship’s arrival. Healy’s Commanding Officer, Capt. Kenneth Boda, will be available for an interview following their arrival.