Dear Friends and Family,
We have completed our third science mission of the summer! Bravo Zulu to the crew and scientists who worked diligently to ensure the safe completion of our most recent mission. Over the past three weeks we traveled more than five thousand nautical miles from the Beaufort Sea north of Barrow to M’Clure Strait at the entrance of the Canadian Archipelago servicing hydrographic moorings, conducting sub-bottom profiling, and conductivity-temperature-density operations. We conducted more than one-hundred and sixty conductivity-temperature-depth casts, recovered and serviced six hydrographic moorings, and re-deployed five hydrographic moorings and several drift buoys. Last week we congratulated MK2 Jones on a significant professional achievement, he received his permanent U.S. Coast Guard Cutterman designation after competing five years of sea service. Today, on the eve of Halloween, we held a morale pumpkin carving extravaganza. Each division carved a pumpkin in preparation for tomorrow’s costume and pumpkin design contest, which will be followed by underway trick-or-treating and casting votes for the best carved pumpkins. After a short logistics port call in Dutch Harbor we are en route Seward, AK, for a mid-patrol break and mobilization of the final mission this year. The focus of our final mission will be to study the behavior of copepods during the Arctic winter and how they behave and survive under the ice.