Air Dropping Supplies to the Healy

Today there was an air drop for the Healy! The Coast Guard from Kodiak Alaska flew a C-130 plane over the Healy to drop parts to repair broken equipment on board, including a pipe and flange for cooling water for one of the engines, and an antennae coupler associated with helicopter communications.  These parts were critical for the Coast Guard to carry on the Healy’s mission.  As the C-130 plane circled the ship, it dropped/parachuted the packages onto the ice. Unfortunately, one of the parachutes didn’t open and the can holding the supplies was damaged.  Luckily, nothing inside was damaged. Three Coast Guard personnel from the Healy, who are trained in ice deployment, then were lowered down onto the ice via crane using a “Man Basket” and they carefully went to retrieve the packages.

Coast Guard C-130 flying near the Healy.

Coast Guard C-130 flying near the Healy.

C-130 dropping package.

C-130 dropping package onto the ice.

Man lowered onto ice in basket.

Healy crew member being lowered onto the ice to retrieve the air drop packages in the "man basket."

Crew members are lowered onto the ice.

Crew members are lowered onto the ice.

The air drop package are transported on a sled back to the Healy.

The air drop package is transported on a sled back to the Healy.

Healy crew members preparing to place the air drop packages in the "man basket" to be lifted onto the Healy.

Healy crew members preparing to place the air drop packages in the "man basket" to be lifted onto the Healy.

Healy crew members with damaged air drop capsule.

Healy crew members with damaged air drop capsule.

 

 

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