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Operation Deep Freeze: Beneath the surface

U.S. Coast Guard divers prepare to go below the surface to inspect Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star for any damages done in the harsh Antarctic conditions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.

Deploying to the most remote continent on Earth requires a ship to be self-sufficient. If an underwater issue arises, it’s necessary to have skilled divers who can inspect the problem and make a report to the command. It’s for this reason the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star embarks a Coast Guard Dive Team for its annual deployment to Antarctica.

Diving in: A new chapter at the top of the world

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Harris, a member of a joint Coast Guard-Navy dive team deployed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy, holds a Coast Guard ensign during a cold water ice dive off a Healy small boat in the Arctic, July 29, 2017. The joint dive team successfully completed the first shipboard Coast Guard dive operations in the Arctic in 11 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Bradbury.

For the first time in 11 years, after the tragic deaths of Lt. Jessica Hill and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Duque, divers returned to the icy Arctic waters in support of the 2017 Coast Guard Research and Development Center Arctic patrol of Coast Guard Cutter Healy.

During the patrol, the team conducted cold water ice dive operations from both the small boat and a dive platform that was lowered from the Healy. A total of 18 dives were performed with a maximum depth of 38 feet and subsurface time of 18 minutes.

Dive decontamination: bringing new ideas to the surface

Capable maritime forces help ensure stability and prosperity around the world, and this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise helped participating nations improve those capabilities. This year’s biennial exercise held in Honolulu, Hawaii, involved 26 nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, an estimated 25,000 personnel and took more than a year to plan. RIMPAC focuses on maritime force capabilities and providing realistic, relevant training that increases a participant nation’s abilities to plan, communicate and conduct complex maritime operations.

Heading south for the winter: The ultimate Polar plunge

Heading south for the winter

Only a small fraction of the world’s population will ever have the opportunity to visit one of the most remote places on earth. Of that small group, an even smaller contingent actually performs their duties below the frozen surface in support of science that has the potential to benefit the entire planet.