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Friday, September 11, 2015

U.S. Coast Guard cutter, Healy’s first solo voyage to the North Pole

USCGC HEALY (WAGB-20)It is a proud moment for Americans as the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, creates history by reaching the North Pole without the usual company of submarines. The US Coast Guard reported that this voyage has made it the very first American ship to have reached the North Pole solo.

As per the press release, “From a hundred feet over the icy reach, LTJG Trip Fernandes and ENS Nicki Morin carefully guided the ship toward the goal. With a cheer, the bridge erupted in applause at 7:47am on September 5th, as HEALY became the first unaccompanied United States surface vessel to reach the North Pole.”

It sailed out of the Dutch Harbor, Alaska on August 9 as part of an international investigation into the geochemistry of the world’s oceans known as GEOTRACES.

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