Day 35 of our 43 day mission, we approach the conclusion of our Joint Extended Continental Shelf surveying with the CCGS Louis S. St. Laurent. Over the past two weeks we’ve mapped 1100 nautical miles of Arctic Ocean to include the Nautilus Basin, Alpha Ridge, and the extended continental shelf.
Last week a Coast Guard C-130 from AIRSTA Kodiak paid our two ships a visit and airdropped mission-critical parts to a nearby ice floe. HEALY’s ice team recovered the supplies and deployed the third ice drift buoy of this mission.
For more pictures and media on the C-130 airdrop visit the following websites.
Last Saturday the science party prepared a delicious Israeli cuisine of perfectly seasoned kabobs, hand made falafels, and freshly ground hummus. For some, it was their first introduction to Israeli dining and will not be their last! We culminated the evening with our first Casino Night. Scientist and Crew gathered around the roulette, black jack, and texas hold’em tables exchanging chips and skill. FS2 Bondurant quickly arose as the events champion and all who participated had an opportunity to trade their winnings in for raffle ticket prize drawings later in the week.
This past Saturday, the officers prepared the Saturday night morale dinner of handcrafted assorted pizzas and hot wings, followed by the showing of Water for Elephants on the big screen in the Hangar.
With a few days left of joint operations we look forward to rafting alongside the CCGS Louis S. St. Laurent for an end of mission professional exchange and sharing of sea stories with our Canadian counterparts.
Until Next Time,
ENS Holly McNair
Public Affairs Officer
USCGC HEALY (WAGB-20)