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12 Days on Polar Star

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is currently headed to Antarctica for its annual mission, Operation Deep Freeze.  During Antarctic deployments, the cutter’s primary mission is to break a channel through the sea ice to ensure that resupply ships can reach the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Research Station in the Ross Sea. Resupply ships use the channel to bring food, fuel,

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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.

Heading south for winter: 26 people rescued trapped in Antarctic ice

The 157 crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departed the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Station Feb. 9, 2015 after successfully completing the surface vessel portion of Operation Deep Freeze 2015, which provided military logistical support to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program…

Headed south for the winter: Icebreaking 101

Cutter Polar Star breaking ice

Simple physics explains the process of icebreaking: two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time. The 150-person crew of Polar Star uses that principle to open the channel for cargo and fuel ships to deliver vital supplies to the scientists and support personnel at McMurdo Station as part of Operation Deep Freeze.

Heading south for the winter: Engineers keep a venerable cutter underway

Without them, the ship goes nowhere. The 93 members of the engineering department aboard Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star are responsible for the propulsion, steering, electrical, sewage, ventilation, firefighting and damage control systems on board the heavy icebreaker supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program through Operation Deep Freeze 2015.

Headed south for the winter: Coast Guard Cutter begins journey to Antarctica

Polar Star

More than 150 Coast Guard men and women embarked on a journey that would take them to the bottom of the world Nov. 30, 2014; bound for a place only a small fraction of the world’s population will ever see. The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star from Seattle is on an expedition to Antarctica in support of the United States Antarctic Program, which is managed by the National Science Foundation.

Shipmate of the Week – EM1 Matthew Payne

EM1

After having gone through an extensive three year, $90 million dollar reactivation, Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is fully operational and currently deployed to McMurdo, Antarctica, for Operation Deep Freeze 2014. Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Payne, an electrician’s mate, contributed greatly to Polar Star’s reactivation. Payne began his tour while the ship was in dry-dock and extended for a year to be a part of the cutter’s first Deep Freeze mission in seven years.