USCGC Polar Star Departs for Operation Deep Freeze 2020

November 26, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) departed Tuesday commencing their annual deployment to Antarctica where the cutter and crew will support Operation Deep Freeze 2020, a joint military service mission to resupply U.S. interests in Antarctica. “We set out today on an important mission, saying goodbye to the friends and families who have supported…

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Coast Guard Cutter Healy gets underway for months-long Arctic patrol

July 24, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) departed for a months-long deployment to the Arctic Ocean on Monday. The cutter will support multiple science missions, as well as Operation Arctic Shield, the service’s annual operation to execute U.S. Coast Guard missions, enhance maritime domain awareness, strengthen partnerships, and build preparedness, prevention, and response capabilities across the Arctic domain.…

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MV Ocean Giant Offloads Operations Deep Freeze 2019 Materian at Port Hueneme

March 13, 2019 – Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant has successfully completed Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) cargo offload operations in Port Hueneme, Calif. The operation was part of MSC’s annual resupply mission in support of the Joint Task Force Support for Antarctica mission to the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. A team from MSC, including Navy Reservists from…

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MV Ocean Giant Completes Support of U.S. Antarctic Program

February 11, 2019 – Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant has successfully completed cargo operations at the ice-pier at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The operation was part of MSC’s annual resupply mission in support of Operation Deep Freeze, the Joint Task Force Support for Antarctica mission to the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. Ocean Giant, whose…

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MV Ocean Giant Arrives in Antarctica in Support of U.S. Antarctic Program

February 1, 2019 – Military Sealift Command-chartered container ship MV Ocean Giant arrived safely at the ice-pier at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station, Antarctica, and is currently conducting cargo offloads. The operation is part of MSC’s annual resupply mission in support of Operation Deep Freeze, the Joint Task Force Support for Antarctica mission to the NSF-managed U.S. Antarctic Program.…

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Operation Deep Freeze Underway

January 7, 2019 – The Military Sealift Command (MSC) charter ship MV Ocean Giant is en route to Antarctica after recent cargo operations in Port Hueneme in support of the annual Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) resupply mission. Beginning in late December, a team from MSC including Navy Reservists from MSC’s Expeditionary Port Unit (EPU) 114 coordinated all aspects of the…

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Military Sealift Gets Operation Deep Freeze Underway On Time

December 28, 2018 – Cargo operations are underway in Port Hueneme, Calif., where supplies and equipment are being loaded onto the Military Sealift Command charter ship MV Ocean Giant in preparation for delivery to the remote Antarctica outpost of McMurdo Station, in support of the annual resupply mission; Operation Deep Freeze 2019. Since Dec. 26, a team from MSC including…

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Polar Star Home After Six Months in Drydock

October 18, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived home Wednesday to Seattle following a six-month maintenance period at Mare Island Dry Dock in Vallejo, California. The 42-year-old icebreaker received extensive repairs and upgrades to engineering and electronic systems while completing the dry dock availability at Mare Island for the second time in as many years. “We successfully accomplished…

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MSC Operation Deep Freeze 2018 Fuel Delivery Ops Begin at McMurdo Station With Arrival of M/T Maersk Peary

Military Sealift Command chartered ship MT Maersk Peary has arrived at McMurdo Station, Antarctica and is currently offloading nearly 6 million gallons of diesel and jet fuel in support of the Operation Deep Freeze 2018 resupply mission. The scene was the proverbial ships passing in the night as Peary passed by the outgoing MSC chartered ship MV Ocean Giant, who…

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Military Sealift Command’s Expeditionary Port Unit 114 Gets Operation Deep Freeze 2018 Underway On Time

The purpose of ODF is to provide logistical support to the U.S. Antarctic Program via Department of Defense assets. MSC has supported ODF since McMurdo Station was established in 1955, providing supplies and fuel to scientists operating from the remote base. While the rest of the country shivers in a late December arctic blast, in Port Hueneme, Calif., where temperatures…

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