U.S. Icebreaker Deploys to McMurdo, Antarctica

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Two tugboats escort Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a 399-foot Polar Class Icebreaker homeported in Seattle, through Elliott Bay after the cutter got underway from Coast Guard Base Seattle, Dec. 3, 2013. CGC Polar Star's crew departed for Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze for the first time since 2006, following a three-year overhaul to the cutter and test period. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Tyson)

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departed Coast Guard Base Seattle for Antarctica, Tuesday, in support of Operation Deep Freeze for the first time since 2006 with the task of resupplying the National Science Foundation Scientific Research Station in McMurdo.

For more than 50 years, Coast Guard icebreaker crews have deployed to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze. They will assist by creating a navigable shipping lane through the layers of ice in McMurdo Sound. Approximately eight million gallons of U.S. fuel will be sent to McMurdo residents through the channel and be delivered to Winter Quarters Bay. This fuel allows the Station to remain manned and ready during the freezing winter months.

This past summer, CGC Polar Star conducted sea trials in the Arctic to test all of the ship’s equipment and train the crew prior to embarking to Antarctica this winter. During the summer trip, CGC Polar Star spent weeks in the Beaufort Sea north of Barrow, Alaska, testing propulsion machinery, conducting emergency drills, and qualifying crewmembers in individual watchstations.

In preparation for CGC Polar Star’s Deep Freeze Deployment, the crew overhauled many pieces of equipment from the bridge to the engine room and successfully completed a number of assessments to achieve their fully reactivated status.

Polar Star is a 399-foot Polar Class Icebreaker with a 140-person crew, homeported in Seattle. The cutter is recently out of a three-year, $90 million overhaul, which is part of the Coast Guard’s plan to reactivate the heavy icebreaker.

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  • Family members and friends of crewmembers assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a 399-foot Polar Class Icebreaker homeported in Seattle, wave from the pier as they watch the cutter get underway from Coast Guard Base Seattle, Dec. 3, 2013. The cutter's crew departed for Antartica to resupply the National Science Foundation Scientific Research Station in McMurdo in support of Operation Deep Freeze. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katleyn Tyson)

    Family members and friends of crewmembers assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a 399-foot Polar Class Icebreaker homeported in Seattle, wave from the pier as they watch the cutter get underway from Coast Guard Base Seattle, Dec. 3, 2013. The cutter's crew departed for Antartica to resupply the National Science Foundation Scientific Research Station in McMurdo in support of Operation Deep Freeze. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katleyn Tyson)

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