Coast Guard Arctic Mission Promotes Partnerships, Climate Research

Department of Defense | Oct. 5, 2021

By DoD News

A wide view of a Coast Guard cutter navigating across a large expanse of water.

The Coast Guard cutter Healy and its crew are on a multipurpose mission taking them through the Arctic as they circumnavigate North America via the Northwest Passage and the Panama Canal. Coast Guard officials say the deployment aims to strengthen regional partnerships and support scientific exploration to increase understanding of the changing Arctic environment.

The Healy's crew supported a team of international scientists conducting research aboard the cutter by deploying equipment in Baffin Bay and off the coast of Greenland. 

Icebergs poke out of dark blue water.
Icebergs loom ahead of the Coast Guard cutter Healy as the crew navigates near Umanak Fjord, Greenland, Sept. 24, 2021.
Two people are silhouetted against a window looking out on the ocean and clouds.
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard cutter Healy observe Baffin Island from the bridge while conducting scientific operations in Baffin Bay, Sept. 16, 2021.
Two Coast Guardsmen hold a large device above the ocean.
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard cutter Healy prepare to deploy a Conductivity, Temperature, and Depth instrument near Umanak Fjord, Greenland, Sept. 24, 2021.
A navigational tool lies across a large map.
A plot line shows the Coast Guard cutter Healy’s course as the crew navigates the cutter near Umanak Fjord, Greenland, Sept. 24. 2021.
Coast Guardsmen stand in a small boat above the ocean.
Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard cutter Healy repair a damaged radio antenna on one of Healy’s three cutter small boats while operating in the vicinity of Umanak Fjord, Greenland, Sept. 24, 2021.

The Healy has 85 permanent crewmembers who maintain and operate the 420-foot medium icebreaker. 

A Coast Guard cutter navigates through the water.
The Coast Guard cutter Healy navigates near Baffin Island, Canada, while supporting an international team of scientists aboard who are conducting scientific research missions throughout area, Sept. 16, 2021.