Navy Officer Gets Experience on American Icebreaker to Antarctica

February 22, 2019 – Lieutenant Sophie Going joined the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) for travel and adventure and she has found both, travelling to Antarctica recently on an American icebreaker. Lieutenant Going, 26, from Devonport, will be the navigator on the RNZN’s new ship Aotearoa, which is scheduled to enter service in 2020. That ship will travel to Antarctica every two years, so to help prepare Lieutenant Going joined the crew of the United States Coastguard ship Polar Star to experience its icebreaking operation on the month-long voyage. Aotearoa,…

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Coast Guard’s Only Heavy Icebreaker Arrives in Antarctica

January 17, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived Thursday in Antarctica along with a resupply vessel during Operation Deep Freeze – a joint military service mission to resupply U.S. interests in Antarctica. Homeported in Seattle, the 42-year-old Coast Guard cutter is the United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker, and the crew is making their sixth deployment in as many years to directly support the resupply of McMurdo Station – the United States’ main logistics hub in Antarctica. Operation Deep Freeze is a joint military service mission in…

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United States’ Lone Heavy Icebreaker Begins Antarctic Deployment

December 6, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived December 4th in Pearl Harbor to make final preparations before sailing to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2019. The 42-year-old Coast Guard cutter is the United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker. The crew is scheduled to make their sixth deployment in as many years to directly support the resupply of McMurdo Station – the United States’ main logistics hub on Antarctica. The Polar Star recently completed a six-month drydock period where outdated equipment was upgraded or replaced. The…

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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 an annual dry dock availability valued at over $7.6 million,” stated Lt. Cmdr. Chris Pelar, Polar Star’s engineering officer. “More than 50 work items were completed while in dry dock.…

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Coast Guard Releases Request For Information For Polar Star Service Life Extension Project

The Coast Guard released a request for information (RFI) July 18 to gather market research for the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star service life extension project (SLEP) as part of the In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program (ISVS). The SLEP effort will recapitalize a number of major systems – including machinery control and propulsion power distribution systems – and extend the service life of the cutter by four years. The work will include a six-month long lead time material procurement and detailed design phase, followed by a minimum of three annual repair…

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Fleet Logistics Center Yokosuka Site Sydney Supports USCGC Polar Star and Operation Deep Freeze

Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center (NAVSUP FLC) Yokosuka Site Sydney provided support to U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) during Operation Deep Freeze, which kicked off in December 2017 and culminated in February. Polar Star is an operational icebreaker that supports the National Science Foundation’s research stations in Antarctica by delivering critical supplies and fuel. Operation Deep Freeze is the U.S. military operation that supports research and resupply efforts. NAVSUP FLC Site Sydney has played a role in past Operation Deep Freeze exercises, and had…

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Despite flooding, engine failure, U.S. icebreaker completes Antarctica operation

The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star completed their mission Tuesday in support of National Science Foundation (NSF) after cutting a resupply channel through 15 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea and escorting supply vessels to the continent. The Polar Star sailed from Seattle to assist in the annual delivery of operating supplies and fuel for NSF research stations in Antarctica during Operation Deep Freeze by carving a navigable path through seasonal and multi-year ice sometimes as much as 10-feet thick. Operation Deep Freeze is the…

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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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Seattle-based Coast Guard Polar icebreaker returns home following Antarctic mission

March 16, 2017 – Families and friends welcomed home Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, following a 107-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2017, the U.S. military component of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. “When I talked to the crew of Polar Star as they were off the coast of Antarctica last month, I heard firsthand their successes from this deployment, as well as their distinct challenges as they operated a four-decades-old ship,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. Polar Star’s crew provided a safe channel through more than 70 miles of thick…

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Coast Guard Polar icebreaker to return home following Antarctic mission

March 16, 2017 – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is returning home Friday from an expedition to Antarctica where they supported Operation Deep Freeze 2017, the U.S. military’s component of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. Polar Star’s crew facilitated the annual resupply and refueling of two research stations, McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole, by escorting two cargo vessels through more than 70 miles of thick Antarctic ice. Polar Star required significant repairs in advance of the 107-day deployment, including a major overhaul of the…

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MSC Chartered Ship MT Maersk Perry Conducts Fuel Offload in Support of Operations Deep Freeze 2017

February 3, 2017 – The following blog post is the third in a series highlighting MSC’s role in Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) 2017. 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. Military Sealift Command chartered ship MT Maersk Perry has arrived at McMurdo Station, Antarctica and is currently offloading nearly 6 million gallons of diesel and jet fuel…

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