Coast Guard Cutter POLAR SEA (WAGB 11) is one of the world's most
powerful, conventionally propelled icebreakers.
POLAR SEA was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction
Company in Seattle. Homeported in Seattle since
being commissioned in 1977, POLAR SEA has operated around the
globe. POLAR SEA is designed to perform science, icebreaking, and
all Coast Guard missions in both polar regions. With a
reinforced hull and up to 75,000 horsepower, POLAR SEA can break up
to 21 feet of ice, or 6 feet of ice at a continuous speed of 3
knots. POLAR SEA can carry two HH-65 CG Helicopters for science and
logistics support. Berthing is available for approximately 150
crewmembers, and as many as thirty-five scientists and technicians.
POLAR SEA is equipped as a scientific platform
with five internal laboratories and space for an additional seven
portable laboratories on deck. Computers onboard have the
capability to process real-time satellite images to aid in ice
navigation, science planning, and weather forecasting.
POLAR SEA is also a unique platform used to support the Coast
Guard's other missions in the polar regions. The ship's icebreaking
capabilities allow her to perform logistics, search and rescue, ship
escort, environmental protection, and enforcement of laws and
treaties in places most ships cannot reach.
POLAR SEA STATUS
POLAR SEA is in inactive commission in Seattle, Washington.