ARA Almirante Irizar Returns from 2022 Antarctic Campaign

On May 9th, the icebreaker ARA “Almirante Irízar”, commanded by Captain Carlos Claudio Musso Soler, arrived at the Buenos Aires Naval Station, after completing the activities planned for the 2021/22 Summer Antarctic Campaign. The Argentine Navy unit was received by the Antarctic Joint Commander, Brigadier General Edgar Calandín, and naval authorities. The 118th Antarctic Campaign was carried out with surface,…

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Polar Star Reaches Southernmost Navigable Waters on Earth

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) reached the southernmost navigable waters on the planet Feb. 17 while underway in the Bay of Whales, Antarctica. Polar Star reached a position of 78 degrees, 44 minutes, 1.32 seconds south latitude at 12:55 p.m. New Zealand time, holding a distance of approximately 500 yards from the edge of the Ross Ice…

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Military Sealift Command Supports Operation Deep Freeze

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 resupply the remote scientific outpost. The crew of Peary are working with Seabees from Navy Cargo Handling Battalion ONE (NCHB -1) to offload their fuel cargo, at the newly constructed ice-pier, ensuring all safety precautions are…

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First refueling 2022, at the Antarctic Naval Base “Arturo Prat”

Antarctica. On January 4, as part of the Antarctic work, ATF “GALVARINO” carried out refueling tasks at the Antarctic Naval Base “Arturo Prat”, taking advantage of the unbeatable weather conditions. The task lasted approximately three and a half hours, allowing optimization of the logistics levels of the Base, in order to be able to face the winter period in good…

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L’Astrolabe Delivers Supplies in Antarctica

On November 11, L’Astrolabe set sail from the port of Hobart, Tasmania, to supply the Dumont d’Urville polar station in Antarctica. Charles Giusti, Prefect of French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) and Jérôme Chappellaz, Director of the French Polar Institute, were on board during the deployment of the polar patrol boat. The crossing of pack 1 took place in 24…

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Polar Star’s 25th Deployment for Operation Deep Freeze

The United States’ only heavy icebreaker departed its homeport in Seattle November 13th with a crew of 159 U.S. Coast Guard men and women and is heading toward Antarctica. This year marks Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star’s 25th journey to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze, an annual joint military mission to resupply the United States Antarctic stations in…

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L’Astrolabe Completes Last Seasonal Antarctic Resupply

March 19, 2021 (Google Translation) – The polar patrol vessel L’Astrolabe has been carrying out a logistics support mission in Antarctica (MSLA) since October 2020. Five rotations between Hobart, in Tasmania and the French scientific station of Dumont d’Urville (DDU), in Terre Adélie are planned every year to supply the station and carry out personnel changes. This season a 6th…

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JMSDF 62nd Antarctic Research Expedition Cooperation

(Google Translation) From Friday, November 6, 2nd year of Reiwa to Monday, February 22nd, 3rd year of Reiwa, the Maritime Self-Defense Force will carry out the 62nd Antarctic Research Expedition by the icebreaker Shirase. Crew Captain of the icebreaker Shirase 1st class Kaisa Shusaku Takeuchi Approximately 180 crew members Outline of cooperation The 62nd Antarctic Research Expedition will provide the…

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2021 Hespérides Antarctic Deployment Cancelled

January 13, 2021 (Google Translation) – The Ministry of Science and Innovation has decided to cancel the participation of BIO Hespérides in the Spanish Antarctic campaign to avoid any risk of spreading the virus among the personnel participating in the campaign and its possible introduction into the Antarctic Treaty area. This decision has been made after 35 positives of COVID-19…

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