Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Coast Guard Cutter Healy, one of two U. S. icebreakers, has completed its second mission as part of its Arctic West Summer 2018 deployment.
The scientific mission to study stratified ocean dynamics in the Arctic for the Office of Naval Research ended Thursday.
The project, led by Dr. Craig Lee of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, Seattle, says understanding these environmental factors may help better predict ice coverage in the region.
Approximately 100 Healy crew members and 30 scientists and engineers departed Dutch Harbor September 14.
Once in the Arctic Circle, the team deployed scientific equipment which will monitor the region for the next year and transmit data back to scientists at the Applied Physics Laboratory.
Lee says the 420 foot icebreaker homeported in Seattle is the only U. S. vessel that could get them this far into the ice, the only choice they had other than chartering a vessel from another country.
The Healy will depart for its next mission in the Arctic this Thursday and return to Seattle November 30.