Dear Friends and Family,
After several weeks of preparation and relaxation, HEALY took in her lines and set sail for a 7 month deployment. While saying goodbye to family and friends is never easy, we were eager to begin a new voyage and overcome the challenges that lay ahead. Before we set sail, we were encouraged by the appearance of our Commandant, Admiral Bob Papp. Admiral Papp addressed us and the crews of the POLAR SEA, and POLAR STAR reminding us of the importance of our mission and the unique opportunity we have as Coastguardsmen to have a second family of shipmates while at sea.
MKCS Lewis, SK1 Griffin, BM1 Huneycutt, DC1 Imgarten, DC2 Howard, ME2 Siciak, and FS2 Alley departed before we got underway and MKCS Lewis retired after 22 years of devoted service! We thank them for their devotion to their ship and their shipmates, and wish them fair winds and following seas. HEALY also welcomed aboard several new crewmembers including BMC Whitman, DC1 Orozco, MK1 Wada, FS3 Arndt, EM3 Ennis, SN Nocerini, SN Welding and several (TAD) crewmembers, ENS Woodbridge, ENS Olsen, MKCS Allard, FN McNeace, and 17 cadets from the US Coast Guard Academy.
Members of the operations, engineering, and support departments ensured a safe transit out of Puget Sound into the North Pacific Ocean. From the first fix plotted to the first meal served while underway, the pride, professionalism, and integrity with which the crew conducts themselves has been evident. Several of the cadets earned their qualification as Bridge Watchstander. Congratulations!
The fickle weather of the Northwest soon faded away, and we felt the temperature rise hour by hour as we continued south to Honolulu. Along the way, we conducted small boat operations and flight operations with Air Station Barbers Point.
In Honolulu, we wished LTJG Kehrt, LTJG Custer, F&S2 Johnson, BM3 Kimmel and FN McCoskey good luck as they departed HEALY for their next units. Also, the Coast Guard wished CWO4 Lyons a bittersweet farewell after 31 years of service and BMCM Ryan a bittersweet farewell in his retirement after more than 24 years of outstanding service.
As we embarked 35 scientists eager to being their work, we also said farewell to 15 Cadets en-route and enthusiastic about their next summer assignment.
We'll be thinking of all our friends and family these next few weeks as we begin our first science mission.
Until Next Time,
ENS Holly McNair
Public Affairs Officer