Dear Friends and Family,
While conducting Joint Research Operations with the Canadian Coast Guard Vessel Louis S. St. Laurent, Vice Admiral Brice-O’Hara flew over in a HC-130, piloted by a crew from AIRSTA Kodiak. During the fly-over, our Commanding Officer, Captain William Rall, spoke with Vice Admiral Brice-O’Hara, and she expressed pride and appreciation for a job-well done on the execution of this mission and all of our work in the Arctic Ocean. More information can be found on the Coast Guard Compass
Saturday Afternoon, we wished the Canadian Icebreaker, Louis S. St. Laurent, fair winds and following seas before we parted ways. The Science Party and some crewmembers observed a small ceremony in honor of the 2010 Extended Continental Shelf Project. Mr. John Childs, the American liaison aboard the Canadian Icebreaker, presented Captain Rall with a recognition memento and congratulated the Captain on the success of the mission, and the third consecutive year of a Joint Arctic Research with the Canadian Icebreaker. Also on Saturday evening, the MST Division prepared a spicy and delicious Cajun dinner for the crew followed by the showing of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, in the hangar.
On Monday we said farewell to the scientists of the second mission, and welcomed aboard 27 new Science Party members and four new crew members; ET2 Macon Cobb, FN Adelynn Drescher, FN Ryan Watkins, and SN Matthew Seely.
On Wednesday, the crew completed Damage Control Olympics! The crew divided into teams of four, using proper Damage Control training and techniques to properly respond to a series of simulated casualties to the ship or personnel. Each group was graded on skills such as communication and team work. The different stations included assisting a shipmate with a fractured arm, to correctly putting on full firefighting gear in 90 seconds or less. Congratulations to SN Dowd, BM3 Kimmel, IT1 Uribarri, and ENS Johnston, for being the 2010 DC Olympic Champions! Everyone felt it was beneficial to refresh important training and have fun while doing it.
We have started off the third mission strong. The scientist’s collected extensive data of the Barrow Canyon Basin through Conductivity-Temperature-Depth sensors, and Bathymetric Multi-beam data. Yesterday, we towed a Vertical Microstructure-Profiler, which measures velocity, current, temperature, salinity, depth, and pressure, and characterizes a profile of the water.
I will keep you informed on the progress of the mission.
ENS Holly McNair
Assistant Public Affairs Officer