Dr. Jason Gobat of the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington,, Oct. 3, 2018, about 715 miles north of Barrow, Alaska. Gobat is the lead engineer who designed, built and programmed a series of sea gliders, which are autonomous submarines used to measure water conductivity, temperature, depth, oxygen and other measurements in the Arctic Ocean. Once deployed, the sea gliders are controlled by pilots at the Applied Physics Lab at the University of Washington in Seattle. Approximately 30 scientists are aboard the Healy to study stratified ocean dynamics and how environmental factors affect the water below the ice surface for the Office of Naval Research. The Healy is one of two ice breakers in U.S. service and is the only military ship dedicated to conducting ice research in the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi.

From kitchen timers to autonomous Seagliders™

In September, Dr. Jason Gobat and a team of about 30 engineers and scientists deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy in support of a departmental research initiative for the Office of Naval Research. The project, led by friend and colleague Dr. Craig Lee, attempts to better understand how the Arctic ice, atmosphere and water interact. This team deployed sea gliders to help them measure water conductivity, temperature, depth and oxygen.


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Artist’s sketchbook: Departure

From July 29 to Aug. 15, 2013, Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the Coast Guard’s largest ice breaker and research vessel deployed to the Arctic Ocean under Capt. John Reeves with 44 scientists aboard. Under the aegis of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Healy scientists probed the water column and ocean floor in order to establish a basic understanding of the Chukchi Sea ecosystem.


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Artist’s sketchbook: Bringing ice to an ice breaker

As watchstsanders and scientists alike collaborate aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy to collect vital scientific data, they are joined by artist Bob Selby. This week’s sketchbook takes you inside Healy’s nerve center and even lets you off the polar ice breaker to get core samples and to harvest the ice.


Mr. Reedy

Artist’s sketchbook: Who’s who

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy are currently supporting scientific research in the dynamic waters of the north on their Arctic West Summer 2013 deployment. So far you’ve seen what it takes to get underway, the ship’s routine and even the Board of Lies. For this edition of the sketchbook, we’re sharing the faces behind the mission.


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Artist’s sketchbook: Just below freezing

Last week we shared the first moments aboard Healy, including scientists preparing to board the ship and the crew navigating the ship as Healy pulled out of port. This week the ship is at a science station 335 miles north of the Arctic Circle where the wind chill stands at 19 and the crew is experiencing 20 percent ice coverage.


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Artist’s sketchbook: Welcome aboard

As watchstsanders and scientists alike collaborate to collect vital scientific data, they are joined by artist Bob Selby. Follow along with the crew in our series “Artist’s sketchbook” to glimpse daily life aboard Healy, from scientists and cooks to the bridge and engine room.


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From the Arctic

We last heard about the amazing men and women aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy in January when they raced to re-supply fuel to the ice-encrusted harbor of Nome, Alaska. Not one to rest on their laurels, crewmembers are currently underway once again on a different – but just as important – mission. Healy is currently supporting scientific research in the cold, dynamic waters of the Arctic on their Arctic West Summer 2012 deployment.


Ice-cold science

While many Americans took advantage of the last remnants of summer, crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy, the nation’s largest icebreaker, were exploring the Arctic. Healy was on their second of four missions for their Arctic West Summer-Winter deployment and […]


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CGA develops leaders in the STEM field

March is Women’s History Month. In honor of the many contributions women have made to the history of our service, we bring you the stories of the female leaders of the Coast Guard. This week, we are highlighting female cadets […]


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CGC Healy – Steaming Home

This is a cross-post from a Defense Department’s Armed with Science blog post, “Arctic Voyage Completed: What’s Next for ICESCAPE Researchers?” and is reprinted with permission. It is written by Dr. Kevin Arrigo, a Professor in the Department of Environmental […]


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