Hello friends and family!
Since I last wrote we have launched into doing science. We have done roughly 1-3 science stations a day. Each station usually consists of a CTD (conductivity, temperature and depth measuring piece of equipment used to take samples of the water at different depths), a couple of different types of optic packages (essentially measures light quality and quantity at different depths), Van Veen grabs, and multi haps cores (both take a sample of the ocean bottom to analyze the content and life in the sediment). On one science station we collected over 300 clams for research!
In addition to science stations, we have been conducting multiple flight operations each day. This is to support the walrus and spectacled eiders survey. The walrus survey involves tagging walruses and taking fecal samples for studying their movements and living habits. The spectacled eider survey is a study to understand more about the threatened bird and their habitat. The helicopter flights also assist in giving us a better understanding of the ice coverage. On top of both of these, we have been putting people on the ice for ice coring and sediment sampling. It has been a very busy trip already.
Quarters on Friday March 13 commended LT Appleberry, ENS Schendorf for qualifying Helicopter Control Officer, and ENS Dolton and CWO Rose for qualifying as Landing Signal Officers. We showed appreciation for and acknowledged temporary members of the crew, BM1 Segura and BM2 Skaife, for qualifying as Bridge Watchstanders.
The Chiefs Mess cooked a great morale dinner on Saturday night. After dinner, bingo and the movie “Wanted” was played on the messdeck.
On Tuesday March 17 at quarters BM1 Huneycutt was recognized for qualifying as deck supervisor, rescue/swimmer tender, crane operator and rigger. We also recognized SN Dowd for qualifying as Bridge Watchstander.
On Friday March 20, we held quarters once again and took a group photo of both the crew and scientists onboard for this cruise.
Following the picture, the film crew from ABC (Clayton Sandell and Bill Blakemore) filmed CAPT Sommer leading the crew in a resounding “Good Morning America!” which we hope will be aired on ABC. Other members of the media that joined us this past week include Erika Engelhaupt from Environmental Science and Technology Journal, Elizabeth Arnold from National Public Radio. When we hear of anything HEALY related getting published or airing on the radio or television, we will let you know.