Mission to Nome complete

Tanker vessel Renda remains offshore as the transfer of 1.3 million gallons of fuel nears completion. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty  Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.

Tanker vessel Renda remains offshore as the transfer of an estimated one million gallons of fuel nears completion. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.

Coast Guard icebreaker Healy and tanker Renda have completed their mission to Nome, Alaska, after the safe delivery of an estimated one million gallons of diesel and 300,000 gallons of gasoline to the iced-in city.

Healy remains offshore as tanker vessel Renda's transfers fuel to Nome. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.

Healy remains offshore as tanker vessel Renda’s transfers fuel to Nome. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.

Two hoses were used to complete the transfer of the much needed fuel across more than 500 yards of ice. Fuel transfer operations began Monday and continued until all the fuel was safely delivered to an on shore fuel tank storage facility.

“I grew up in a small town in Iowa, about half the size of Nome, and I know that it takes the community spirit and community cooperation to get a big job done,” said Capt. Beverly Havlik, commanding officer of Healy. “And working with all the partners that were involved in this mission to bring fuel to Nome – from the Native community, to the state agencies, to the federal agencies and then just a lot of interested volunteers – we got a big job done.”

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy must turn their focus towards freeing the Renda from the ice, where it was purposely frozen during the fuel transfer. Healy will then lead Renda back across more than 360 miles of sea ice to the open waters of the Bering Sea.

Safe travels for Healy and Renda’s crews as they head home and congratulations on a job well done!

If you missed Healy’s mission to Nome, check out Compass’ updates and rediscover their journey.

Fuel is transferred to the city of Nome. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty  Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.

Fuel is transferred to the city of Nome. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler.

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  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/4EJEKO3WOCJUWY3AUD3SQMGGPA brotherscott

    An amazing feat! Congratulations on a job well done- fair winds and following seas on your respective travels home-

  • Doug Mesloh

    Great job!  Our young grandson will graduate from B-186 at Cape May on 1/27/12.  What a future  has in store.

    Doug Mesloh LCDR USNR (RET)

  • Doug Mesloh

    Great job!  Our young grandson will graduate from B-186 at Cape May on 1/27/12.  What a future  has in store.

    Doug Mesloh LCDR USNR (RET)

  • Doug Mesloh

    Great job!  Our young grandson will graduate from B-186 at Cape May on 1/27/12.  What a future  has in store.

    Doug Mesloh LCDR USNR (RET)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ted-Kimbler/100000530203514 Ted Kimbler

    I am sooo proud of our Coast Guard and the hard work of the “Healy”.  My older brother served in the CG and CO of the Yerba Buena station before he retired.  He was always a beacon for the Coast Guard.  Info note, there are more NYPD officers than there are USCG members.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Diane-Jones/711823078 Diane Jones

    My son is on the Healy – so proud of him and all he has done – a job well done

  • Rober Chason (bosn 2) Ret

    Semper Paratus