Nation’s only heavy icebreaker departs for Antarctic military operations

The United States’ only heavy icebreaker departed Honolulu Friday bound for Antarctica as part of the U.S. military operation to resupply the U.S. Antarctic Program. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star will establish a channel through 15 miles of ice in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, sometimes up to 10 feet in thickness, to resupply the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations. “Operation Deep Freeze, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed, civilian USAP, is unlike any other U.S. military operation,” said Capt. Michael…

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ARC 20 de Julio crew training for the IV Antarctic Expedition

Google Translation The crew of the ship ARC “20 de Julio” carried out Pre-Antarctic training course in the Bridge Simulator of the Naval Academy of Cadets “Almirante Padilla”, on December 5 and 6 of the current year. For the first time exercises of this type were carried out in the Bridge Simulator of the Center for Research, Development and Innovation for Maritime Activities, of the Naval School, necessary exercises for the IV Antarctic Expedition, which will begin on December 15th. Previously the training course was taught in Chile, today thanks…

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New icebreaker name revealed

The Environment Minister, the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, revealed the name of Australia’s new icebreaker vessel September 29th; the RSV Nuyina (noy-yee-nah). The name was selected as part of the Turnbull Government’s national “Name our Icebreaker” competition, which attracted nearly 800 entries from primary and secondary students across Australia. Nuyina means ‘Southern Lights’ in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines. The name was selected by twelve students from St Virgil’s College in Hobart, Tasmania, and Secret Harbour Primary School near Perth in West Australia. “Using the name nuyina for…

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ARC 20 de Julio Ends 2017 Expedition to Antarctica

Google Translation Today, March 1, at 5 pm, and after 75 days of navigation, the 96 crew members who were aboard the ARC 20 de Julio as part of the III Scientific Expedition of Colombia to Antarctica “Almirante Padilla”, which will be framed in the history of Colombia and the Colombian Antarctic Program. During a military ceremony presided by Mr. Admiral Leonardo Santamaría Gaitán, Commander of the National Navy, this group of men and women will be welcomed at the dock of the Naval Base ARC “Bolivar”, of the city…

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Wyatt Earp continuing mission

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp passing an iceberg in Antarctica. February 11, 2017 – The Royal Australian Navy’s Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp is currently conducting surveying operations based out of Davis, one of Australia’s Antarctic Stations. The vessel is conducting biological, oceanographic and meteorological experiments and observations as part of Operation SOUTHERN DISCOVERY. Wyatt Earp is fitted with equipment such as multi-beam echo sounders, sediment grabs, sub-bottom profilers and underwater cameras. The work the vessel completes whilst in Antarctica will directly contribute to safe navigation around Australian Stations, particularly to aid some of the…

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