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Coast Guard cutter Healy cuts path through ice


The Coast Guard cutter <em>Healy</em> cuts a path through the Antarctic ice

The Coast Guard cutter Healy cuts a path through the Antarctic ice. The Healy is the newest and most technologically advanced U.S. icebreaker.

The Healy is designed to conduct a wide range of research activities, providing more than 4,200 square feet of scientific laboratory space, numerous electronic sensor systems, oceanographic winches and accommodations for up to 50 scientists. It can break 4.5 feet of ice continuously at three knots and can operate in temperatures as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit. The science community provided invaluable input on lab layouts and science capabilities during design and construction of the ship. At a time when scientific interest in the Arctic Ocean basin is intensifying, the Healy substantially enhances U.S. arctic research capabilities.

As a Coast Guard cutter, the Healy is also a capable platform for supporting other potential missions in the polar regions, including logistics, search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection and enforcement of laws and treaties.

Credit: Henry Dick, National Science Foundation

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