In September, Dr. Jason Gobat and a team of about 30 engineers and scientists deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy in support of a departmental research initiative for the Office of Naval Research. The project, led by friend and colleague Dr. Craig Lee, attempts to better understand how the Arctic ice, atmosphere and water interact. This team deployed sea gliders to help them measure water conductivity, temperature, depth and oxygen.
Think of a popular 21st century TV game show and finish the next sentence: “Who wants to be… a________?!” Now replace the missing word ‘Millionaire’ with the word ‘Engineer’ and you’ll basically find an equivalent level of enthusiasm amongst a small enclave of about 50 inner-city ninth and tenth-grade students from two public high schools in Providence, Rhode Island.
From July 29 to Aug. 15, 2013, Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the Coast Guard’s largest ice breaker and research vessel deployed to the Arctic Ocean under Capt. John Reeves with 44 scientists aboard. Under the aegis of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Healy scientists probed the water column and ocean floor in order to establish a basic understanding of the Chukchi Sea ecosystem.
As watchstsanders and scientists alike collaborate aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy to collect vital scientific data, they are joined by artist Bob Selby. This week’s sketchbook takes you inside Healy’s nerve center and even lets you off the polar ice breaker to get core samples and to harvest the ice.
Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy are currently supporting scientific research in the dynamic waters of the north on their Arctic West Summer 2013 deployment. So far you’ve seen what it takes to get underway, the ship’s routine and even the Board of Lies. For this edition of the sketchbook, we’re sharing the faces behind the mission.
Last week we shared the first moments aboard Healy, including scientists preparing to board the ship and the crew navigating the ship as Healy pulled out of port. This week the ship is at a science station 335 miles north of the Arctic Circle where the wind chill stands at 19 and the crew is experiencing 20 percent ice coverage.
As watchstsanders and scientists alike collaborate to collect vital scientific data, they are joined by artist Bob Selby. Follow along with the crew in our series “Artist’s sketchbook” to glimpse daily life aboard Healy, from scientists and cooks to the bridge and engine room.
We last heard about the amazing men and women aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy in January when they raced to re-supply fuel to the ice-encrusted harbor of Nome, Alaska. Not one to rest on their laurels, crewmembers are currently underway once again on a different – but just as important – mission. Healy is currently supporting scientific research in the cold, dynamic waters of the Arctic on their Arctic West Summer 2012 deployment.
Coast Guard Cutter Healy is 420-feet long and has extensive scientific capabilities. Homeported in Seattle, the cutter has a permanent crew of 80. Photo courtesy of Ensign Holly McNair. While many Americans took advantage of the last remnants of summer, crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the nation’s largest icebreaker, were exploring the Arctic. Healy
March is Women’s History Month . In honor of the many contributions women have made to the history of our service, we bring you the stories of the female leaders of the Coast Guard. This week, we are highlighting female cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy who are using science, technology, engineering and mathematics