Dear Friends and Family,
As of Saturday evening, we parted ways with Louis and proceeded towards Barrow for our last passenger transfer of the season. We had one final passing which allowed both crews a chance to wave goodbye and say farewell before going our separate ways. Now our southerly course brings us to open water and a chance to knock off some of the ice that has accumulated on the ship.
Before our separation, Louis moored alongside us while we were hove to in the ice. This allowed the crews to enjoy dinner together. Each boat’s cooking staff went all out creating an assortment of lobster, shrimp, scallops, steak and ribs. The desserts were exceptional with a couple different types of cheesecake, chocolate brownies, and cake. Those that had not been able to see the other vessel were given the opportunity to walk around and explore.
We had one last flight ops so that the captain of the Louis, CAPT Rothwell, CCG, and some other officers could come over for lunch. In addition, we still had a couple of crew members over on Louis. Kelly Brumley and Steve Roberts spent part of the phase on Louis to help with the science party. We also had a Canadian observer on Healy. CAPT Stewart of the Canadian Coast Guard spent the phase observing our work and giving us advice with respect to ice escorting. Before he left, we were able to present him with the Arctic Service Medal for spending over 21 consecutive days above 66°N.
Congratulations to ENS Myatt for qualifying as EOW and BM3 Kimmel and SN Gray for qualifying as JOOD.
Until Next Week,
Public Affairs Officer