The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy took over the Coast Guard’s Instagram this week while exploring the Arctic Ocean. Here’s a look at some of the shots:
This week the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy takes over the #uscg Instagram account. The cutter and crew recently completed a historic mission to the North Pole early September 2015, becoming the first U.S. surface vessel to reach the pole. The cutter is named for Capt. Michael Healy, an officer in the U.S. Revenue Marine, and commanding officer of the cutter Bear, sailed the waters of Alaska at the end of the 19th century.
What do you expect to run into while traversing Arctic waters? #uscg Healy crosses paths with a polar bear Aug. 23, 2015, while underway in the Arctic Ocean. Polar bears spend most of their lives roaming Arctic ice floes in search of food. Healy crewmembers have spotted polar bears on three separate occasions during the current cruise. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.
Time for some ice training#uscg Cutter Healy crewmembers conduct ice rescue training Sept. 4, 2015, while underway in the Arctic Ocean. Qualified crewmembers stand ice rescue watch any time scientists or others are working on the ice. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall. #icerescue #historicarcticmission #semperparatus #burrthatscold #northpole A photo posted by U.S. Coast Guard (@uscg) on
#uscg Cutter Healy uses spotlights while navigating through ice Sept. 20, 2015. The lights allow the helmsman to see pressure ridges and other obstacles, aiding in the completion of a safe night passage through the Arctic Ocean. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall. #northpole #historicnorthpolemission #icebreaking #safenavigation
#uscg Scientists aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy stop to collect “dirty ice” samples Sept. 8, 2015 while underway in the Arctic Ocean. “Dirty ice” contains sediments that can aid in the study of ice movement in the Arctic region. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall. #northpole #scienceiscool #dirtyice #historicnorthpolemission A photo posted by U.S. Coast Guard (@uscg) on