In the eighth video of this year’s top 10 competition, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy embarks on an expedition with the National Science Foundation-funded research program Geotraces in an endeavor to study trace elements in the world’s oceans.
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As the Arctic region continues to open up to development, the data gathered onboard Healy, as well as the Coast Guard’s ability to maintain access and presence in the Arctic, will become ever more essential to understanding how this part of the world works, and how to most responsibly exercise stewardship over the region.
Fifty scientists joined the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy during the cutter’s most recent mission, including several world-renowned researchers in the fields of oceanography, chemistry, and biology. Considering the science party onboard, the rich waters below, and the sea birds punctuating the skies above, one would be hard pressed to find a more ideal location for an oceanography course.
On Sept. 6, three Coast Guard Cutter Healy crewmembers walked down the ship’s brow onto a large ice floe at the North Pole. Twenty-two of their shipmates followed. The Arctic wind was howling, bringing the temperature down to a biting negative seven degrees. In spite of the environment, these three stood proudly in their service dress bravos as their shipmates pinned anchors to their collars, bestowing upon them the title of indoctrinated chief petty officer.
As we conclude our Week in the Life 2015 series, we feature images from a press conference in Miami, geotracing in the Arctic, security of high-capacity passenger vessels in Honolulu and a successful rescue in Savannah, Georgia.
Continuing on their journey to study the geochemistry of the world’s ocean, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy became the first U.S. surface vessel to reach the North Pole unaccompanied.
With one of the most gender-diverse crews in the Coast Guard, Healy is a showcase of strong, inspiring and high-performing women outgunning expectations and old stereotypes. Healy is a testament that when a talented and diverse crew comes together, nothing, not even 10 feet of solid ice, can stand in their way.
“The U.S. is an Arctic nation. The Coast Guard has provided presence and access to the Arctic region since the 1860s – the time of Capt. Mike Healy. This ship, which carries his name, continues that proud tradition. This summer we will demonstrate how we continue to provide access to the furthest regions of the globe.”