“MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker to return home after four-month Arctic deployment” –PACAREA

Editors’ Note: Click on images to download high resolution version

Media Advisory

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 uscgd13@gmail.com 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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s