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Arctic Cruise 2012: Facts about the USCGC Healy


The Coast Guard Cutter Healy is United States' newest and most technologically advanced polar icebreaker.

Healy is designed to conduct a wide range of research activities, providing more than 4,200 square feet of scientific laboratory space, numerous electronic sensor systems, oceanographic winches, and accommodations for up to 50 scientists. Healy is designed to break 4 feet of ice continuously at three knots and can operate in temperatures as low as -50 degrees F.

As a Coast Guard cutter, Healy is also a capable platform for supporting other potential missions in the polar regions, including logistics, search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and enforcement of laws and treaties.

Length, Overall 420'0" (128 meters)
Beam, Maximum 82'0" (25 meters)
Draft, Full Load29'3" (8.9 meters)
Fuel Capacity1,220,915 GAL (4,621,000 liters)
Cruising Speed12 knots @ 105 RPM
Max Speed17 knots @ 147 RPM
Icebreaking Capability4.5 ft @ 3 knots (continuous)
8 ft (2.44 m) Backing and Ramming
Science Labs Main, Bio-Chemical, Electronics, Meteorological, Photography
Accommodations 19 Officer, 12 CPO, 54 Enlisted, 35 Scientists, 15 Surge, 2 Visitors
Science Wet Lab 390 sq ft
Main Science Lab 1233 sq ft
Bio/Chem Analysis Lab 310 sq ft

Excerpts taken from the U.S. Coast Guard Healy Web site.

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