Dear Family and Friends,
Dutch Harbor, AK, was a very familiar port for much of the crew, but that didn’t stop everyone from having a good time. After a long day of loading 420 thousand gallons of fuel onto HEALY, the crew scattered to the Alaskan Ship Supply Store, as well as to Amelia’s and the UniSea – well-known restaurants. After a good meal, we huddled around a bonfire on the beach, sharing jokes, drinks, and s’mores.
Again, we said goodbye to a few shipmates this port call. LCDR Petrusa, HSCM Beasley, MSTC Rieg, ETC Berringer, MK1 Rudibaugh, and 1/c Cadets Harwood and Carpenter left us for new adventures, and we welcomed aboard LCDR King, ENS Weston, ENS McNair, ENS Hohnstadt, ENS Steckle, HSCS Apolito, and nearly 50 scientists from NASA and other organizations who will be sailing with us until we arrive in Seward in mid-July.
Although the town of Dutch Harbor is small, the crew stayed busy, whether they were hiking Mt. Ballyhoo or singing karaoke. Calls home were frequent, although they tended to be made with a phone card instead of a cell phone, given our remote location. BOSN Placido’s wetting down for his promotion from CWO2 to CWO3 brought the crew back to the UniSea on Sunday night for an evening of pizza and horeshoes. The Morale Committee on the ship had planned a softball game for Monday night; unfortunately, it was cancelled due to the unavailability of the field. Morale still provided pizza for the crew on Monday though, giving our hard-working Food Services division some well-earned time off.
Monday was a regular work day for HEALY, with a focus on onloading gear for the science mission and securing for sea. On Tuesday morning, HEALY got underway for our first science mission of the year. After completing the required man overboard and abandon ship drills, ME3 Roy, with some assistance from BM2 Logan, trained the new people onboard on the proper procedure for donning a survival suit.
We conducted a test science station on Wednesday afternoon, ensuring that all the science gear was ready to go for the mission. We commenced gathering actual data on Thursday, and we’ve been conducting science stations steadily since then.
We crossed into the Arctic Circle on Friday evening, entering the realm of the Blue-Nosed Polar Bears. Stay tuned for updates as we continue our journey north.
ENS Emily Kehrt
Public Affairs Officer
1/c Cadet Courtney Elder
Assistant Public Affairs Officer