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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New Antarctic Mission for L’Astrolabe

November 9, 2020 (Google Translation) – On October 17, 2020, the polar patrol vessel L’Astrolabe set sail from Saint-Paul Bay to begin transit to Hobart in Tasmania, the building’s usual logistical stopover before its operations to the French scientific base of Dumont d’Urville in Terre Adélie . Crew B, in charge of the building for the start of the 2020-2021…

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Polar Star Returns From Antarctic

March 25, 2020 – The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returned Wednesday to their homeport of Seattle following a 123-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze. This mission marks the Polar Star’s 23rd journey to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze, an annual joint military service mission to resupply the United…

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Snow, sea ice and seals – a day out surveying in Antarctica

March 23, 2020 – Royal Australian Navy’s Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit recently conducted survey operations at Davis research station, Antarctica, as part of Operation SOUTHERN DISCOVERY. Each day, the team launched inflatable rigid boats (IRBs) to survey the waters surround Davis for potential landing sites for heavy construction equipment and materials which will be required should the proposed Davis aerodrome…

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MV Ocean Giant Concludes Operation Deep Freeze Retrograde Offload

March 12, 2020 – Military Sealift Command-chartered multi-purpose vessel 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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Navy provides survey support in Antarctica

February 21, 2020 – Nine members of the Maritime Geospatial Warfare Unit recently sailed to Australia’s Davis research station in Antarctica on RSV Aurora Australis to begin survey operations as part of the Davis Aerodrome project. The team will conduct survey operations to identify potential sites to land construction equipment and materials for a proposed all-seasons, paved runway near Davis…

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