Polar Star Sets World Record With Voyage to Antarctica

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star has set a new world record as they reached the southernmost navigable region on earth. At 12:55 p.m., New Zealand time, the nearly 400-foot icebreaker reached a position of 78 degrees, 44 minutes, 1.32 seconds south latitude off Antarctica’s coast, approximately 500 yards from the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf. This distance surpassed the…

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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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Maintaining the USCG Polar Fleet: The Role of Maintenance

Every Coast Guard member stationed on a cutter knows the challenge of completing multiple maintenance projects simultaneously to get their cutter back underway. But for two of the Coast Guard’s polar ice breaking cutters – the Healy and the Polar Star – each in-port period is more than just the average dockside or dry-dock availability. The operational schedule these cutters…

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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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USCGC Polar Star Home from Arctic Waters

February 20, 2021 – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) returned to its homeport in Seattle Saturday following a months-long Arctic deployment to defend the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region, develop future Arctic sailors, and gather high-latitude scientific data. The 45-year-old heavy icebreaker’s crew spent a majority of the patrol operating in the Bering and Chukchi…

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USCGC Polar Star Deploys to Arctic Waters

December 4, 2020 – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) departed Friday for a months-long deployment to the Arctic to protect the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region. The 44-year-old heavy icebreaker will project power and support national security objectives throughout Alaskan waters and into the Arctic, including along the Maritime Boundary Line between the United States…

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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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