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June 2, 2010

Dear Family and Friends,

The Arctic West Summer Cruise 2010 has begun! Departing Seattle for a 5 month deployment, HEALY and its crew set sail for Honolulu, Hawaii as its first port of call. Prior to departure, we wished fair winds and following seas to some shipmates, as well as welcomed aboard many new faces, including nineteen cadets from the Coast Guard Academy. As we shoved off, crewmembers were sad to be leaving family and friends for five months, but at the same time we were excited to be seeing a new port and even more excited that the port of call was Honolulu. Waving goodbye to family and friends, we began our transit out into the Puget Sound.

Members of HEALY’s tiedown crew secure a helicopter from AIRSTA Barbers Point to the flight deck.
Members of HEALY’s tiedown crew secure a helicopter from AIRSTA Barbers Point to the flight deck.

Later that same evening, we conducted flight operations with Air Station Astoria. It was a successful evening, and we enjoyed meeting the pilots and learning about their aircraft. After flight ops were secured, Healy made its way into the Pacific Ocean to begin its transit to sunny Honolulu.

While underway, we encountered some rougher seas. We saw 16 foot swells and 30 knot winds at the most. The ship rolled a little bit, but it wasn’t too bad. We also had two general emergency situations, but thanks to the quick response of the Engineering Watchstanders, including DC1 Imgarten, ET2 Harbinksy, MK3 Bogdanoff, and FN Miozzi, as well as the hard work of the entire crew, we dealt with them quickly and efficiently.

FN Brittney Coates discusses engineering on HEALY during public tours.
FN Brittney Coates discusses engineering on HEALY during public tours.

As we got closer to Hawaii, the warm weather put a smile on everyone’s face. We conducted flight operations with Air Station Barbers Point, and then everyone enjoyed great week in sunny Hawaii, surfing, swimming, and attending a morale-sponsored luau. We opened HEALY to the public for tours, and over two hundred people came by to learn about the ship and the crew. We said goodbye to more shipmates in Honolulu, including LTJG Myatt, BOSN2 Rose, BM2 Dunning, DC2 Redd, ET2 Harbinksy, and SN Stewart, and we welcomed aboard ETCM Lippmann, MSTC Stewart, MST1 Brittle, and BM2 Logan. Additionally, MK3 Gavaldon was advanced to MK2, and BOSN2 Placido was promoted to BOSN3.

We stayed off the coast of Hawaii for a few days, calibrating some of our science gear, and the crew took advantage of the warm weather and the (somewhat spotty) cell phone reception to put in a few last phone calls to family and friends. But it’s summer now, and on HEALY, summer means ice, so we’ve just begun our transit north to start in earnest icebreaking and science.

Until next time,

ENS Emily Kehrt
Public Affairs Officer

Cadet 1/c Courtney Elder
Assistant Public Affairs Officer

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