Dear Friends and Family,
This past week the MST’s and our two Coring Experts from the U.S. Geological Survey successfully completed two Piston Coring Evolutions. The Piston is a long tube with a weight on the topside of the device, used to collect samples of the seafloor. This process requires the ship to be stationary for several hours while the MST’s and Coring Technicians lower the piston to the sea floor. Once the tube is approximately 17 feet from the bottom, the coring apparatus is released to free fall and penetrate the seafloor. The first coring operation was in 2900 meters of Arctic water, and the second in 3700 meters of Arctic water.
On Thursday, the MST’s conducted another deep-cast of the Conductivity-Temperature-Depth (CTD) sensor. The cast was in approximately 3300 meters of water and everyone was given a second chance to decorate a styrofoam cup to be lowered with the CTD.
A special congratulation was given to DCC Mitchell Pulatie for being awarded his fourth Good Conduct Award and we also gave a Bravo Zulu to SN John Jozwik for passing the BM3 and Deck Watch Officer exams on the first take!
On Saturday, 25 souls; scientists and new Coast Guard crewmembers, were inducted into the Realm of the Polar Bear upon completing an Arctic Circle Initiation Ceremony. That evening, the Science Party prepared a morale dinner of assorted Pizza’s from scratch, followed by a large turn out for bingo on the mess deck, and the movie, Alice in Wonderland showed in the Hangar.
We are a few days away from Barrow, AK to transfer the science party and gear. More updates to follow as we prepare for and begin the final mission of the summer.
ENS Holly McNair
Assistant Public Affairs Officer