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October 10, 2011

MST3 Adams directs the crane operator as MST1 Brittle ensures the safety of deck operations during the first two hydrographic mooring recoveries of the mission.
MST3 Adams directs the crane operator as MST1 Brittle ensures the safety of deck operations during the first two hydrographic mooring recoveries of the mission.

What a great start! Last weekend we embarked thirty-one scientists and technicians representing ten education and research institutions in preparation for our third of four science missions. The focus of this mission is to service moorings and carry out hydrographic measurements for the yearly assessment of the western Arctic Boundary Current which flows from the Barrow Canyon to the continental slope of the Beaufort Sea.

The three types of moorings that we will be servicing are: passive acoustic, chemical, and physical moorings. Passive acoustic moorings measure marine mammal calls. Chemical moorings quantify air to sea gas exchange, and physical moorings measure water properties and circulation in the Barrow Canyon. Thus far we have successfully recovered three, and deployed two hydrographic moorings. Bravo Zulu to the watch standers, scientists, crewmembers in the small boat and out on deck for demonstrating exceptional teamwork, and for the successful mooring evolutions that we completed thus far.

Until Next Time,
ENS Holly McNair
Public Affairs Officer

HEALY's Small boat crew (BM1 Caddell, BM2 McCann, BM2 Hirtzel, BM2 Kay, MK2 Jones, and SNBM Jozwik) approach the hydrographic mooring to attach a messenger line used to carefully haul in the buoy prior to being lifted out of the water on the aft deck for servicing and data retrieval. (Photographs taken by SN Matthew Rupp)
HEALY's Small boat crew (BM1 Caddell, BM2 McCann, BM2 Hirtzel, BM2 Kay, MK2 Jones, and SNBM Jozwik) approach the hydrographic mooring to attach a messenger line used to carefully haul in the buoy prior to being lifted out of the water on the aft deck for servicing and data retrieval. (Photo by SN Rupp)
HEALY's Small boat crew (BM1 Caddell, BM2 McCann, BM2 Hirtzel, BM2 Kay, MK2 Jones, and SNBM Jozwik) return from recovering a hydrographic mooring (Photo by SN Rupp)
HEALY's Small boat crew (BM1 Caddell, BM2 McCann, BM2 Hirtzel, BM2 Kay, MK2 Jones, and SNBM Jozwik) returns from recovering a hydrographic mooring (Photo by SN Rupp)
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