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June 8, 2010

Dear Family and Friends,

We’ve left Hawaii behind, and we’re heading north towards cooler water. Last week, 22 new crewmembers and 7 cadets attended Damage Control College, learning actions and information that will allow them to respond to any number of shipboard emergencies. The Damage Control Division put in a lot of hard work to prepare for and run this very successfully program, and crewmembers who are already Basic Damage Control qualified stepped up to stand extra watches while so many people attended DC College.

HEALY crewmembers participate in HEALY’s swim call, 250 miles north of Hawaii.
HEALY crewmembers participate in HEALY’s swim call, 250 miles north of Hawaii.

On Thursday, we had a swim call, a pretty unusual event for a Polar Icebreaker. With the air temperature at a balmy 85 degrees and the water temperature not far behind at 78 degrees, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. About half of the crew and half of the science party currently onboard showed up with swimsuits, inner tubes, and goggles to plunge off the side of the ship into the three mile deep bright blue water almost 250 nautical miles north of Hawaii. Many other crewmembers volunteered for positions to help make this event a great success, from standing by as a rescue swimmer to counting the number of people in the water and ensuring everyone stayed safe.

LCDR St. Pierre fills up a plate for BM1 Glenzer during Saturday night’s morale dinner.
LCDR St. Pierre fills up a plate for BM1 Glenzer during Saturday night’s morale dinner.

This weekend, the Officers volunteered to cook the first Saturday Morale Dinner. Drawing from some of the entries in last summer’s chili cook-off, they made CDR Reeves’ green chili and BM2 Merten’s vegetarian chili, as well as some pound cake to finish it off. And in HEALY tradition, much of the crew gathered for Bingo on the messdeck and watched the movie North Shore, in honor of our recent Hawaii visit, in the hangar.

At Quarters on Friday, many crewmembers received qualification letters, a clear indication of the hard work of the crew. EM1 Ladd qualified as Inport and Underway Engineer of the Watch; EM3 Logan qualified as Technician of the Watch; ENS Sinks qualified as Landing Signals Officer; ENS Custer, Cadet 1/c Elder, and Cadet 1/c Stark qualified as Bridge Watchstander and Junior Officer of the Deck; SA Helfrich and SA Hildebrand qualified as Bridge Watchstander; FS1 Carter qualified as Inport Officer of the Deck; ET1 Climacosa, MK3 Bogdanoff, and FN McCoskey qualified as Inport Watchstander; and ET2 Gainey qualified as Technician of the Watch.

EM1 Ladd receives his qualifications for Inport and Underway Engineer of the Watch.
EM1 Ladd receives his qualifications for Inport and Underway Engineer of the Watch.

I’ll keep you posted as we continue our journey north. We’ll arrive in Dutch Harbor, AK, in a little over a week, and the crew is looking forward to a little liberty before we mobilize for the first science mission of the summer, HLY1001, working with researchers from NASA and Stanford University.

Until next time,

ENS Emily Kehrt
Public Affairs Officer

1/c Cadet Courtney Elder
Assistant Public Affairs Officer

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