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Press Release | July 17, 2023

Media Availability: Coast Guard icebreaker scheduled to visit Seward, open for public tours

D17 Public Affairs

Seward, Alaska   –  

Editor's note: Members of the media who would like to attend need to RSVP by contacting the Coast Guard public affairs division aboard the Healy at (808)-675-1524.

WHO: Coast Guard Cutter Healy commanding officer Capt. Michele Schallip and crew.

WHAT: Coast Guard Cutter Healy commanding officer Capt. Michele Schallip and crew members will be available to discuss the cutter’s icebreaking capabilities and the upcoming missions conducting oceanographic research in the Arctic Ocean in partnership with the National Science Foundation and the Office of Naval Research.

WHEN: Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. – Dive operations commence, media invited; Tuesday at 11 a.m. – Schallip available for interviews, media invited; Thursday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Public Tours.

WHERE: Seward Cruise Ship Terminal, Seward, AK 99664

*Closed-toed shoes are required. All children must be accompanied by an adult and no pets are allowed aboard the cutter. SEWARD, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Healy is scheduled to moor, Monday, in Seward at the commencement of the cutter’s five-month 2023 Arctic deployment.

Healy will be open for public tours, Thursday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Coast Guard crew members will be available to answer questions about Healy and their scheduled operations during deployment.

Healy will conduct two major Arctic research missions, which includes providing a unique platform for a team of U.S. Coast Guard and Navy divers to train in ice-covered waters. Using it’s specialized polar capabilities, at a time of rapid transformation in the Arctic Ocean, Healy is at the forefront of establishing a flexible and mobile force between maritime services.

Recently taken under the command of Schallip, scientific research support is the foundation of Healy’s design. Constructed with invaluable input from the scientific community, the cutter possesses 4,200 square feet of laboratory space, an array of electronic sensor systems, and accommodations for up to 50 scientists. Since its inception, Healy remains the premier U.S. vessel for scientific exploration in the pack ice of the Arctic Ocean basin. In addition to science operations, Healy and crew are playing a key role in building maritime domain awareness around Arctic nations, committed to maintaining freedom of movement and economic prosperity in the region. As the $1.9 billion Polar Security Cutter program brings the U.S. ice-breaking fleet into the modern era, Healy continues to pioneer operations in the high latitudes. Homeported in Seattle, Healy is the largest ship in the U.S. Coast Guard at 420-feet long with a displacement of over 16,000 tons and a crew of 80.