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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Coast Guard cutter Healy heads out on Arctic expedition

USCGC Healy (WAGB-20)U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Jason Hamilton, of Bainbridge Island, will lead a crew of 150 on an unprecedented expedition to study the Arctic Ocean.

About 50 of those aboard will be scientists who will be collecting data on the Arctic Ocean, said Hamilton, who has been with the Coast Guard for 26 years and captain of the Healy for two weeks.

What makes Hamilton's first expedition with the Healy unlike any other Arctic study is the international partnership to create a baseline for the area's biogeochemical cycles — the cycles of chemical elements and compounds in the ecosystem. The study is part of the U.S. Geotraces project, an international study of the marine biogeochemical cycles.

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