CGC Healy Mission Update for 3 Sep 2017
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LT O’brien instructs SA Baker-Rodriguez and BM3 Shoopman on proper firefighting techniques during emergency response drills.
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EM1 Espinosa’s concentration could not be broken while working on his masterpiece during the Paint Night.
Chukchi Sea, Sept. 3, 2017 —
Welcome back readers to this week’s blog! HEALY is in the Arctic nearing the midpoint of her second science mission. AWS 1702 is a study that focuses on data collection in biological hotspots in the Chukchi Sea. For the past week, HEALY has been working around the clock deploying gear to collect data from the water column and the ocean floor at science stations.
In order to collect the variety of data, HEALY’s crew deploys several pieces of equipment. The most common deployment is a CTD cast. These casts drop a 24-bottle rosette over the side and down to just above the ocean floor. On the way back to the surface, it opens each bottle at a different depth to collect water samples throughout the entire water column. Along the way, it also records conductivity (to determine salinity), temperature, and depth. Other types of gear deployed from HEALY include Bongo nets, which collect zooplankton and other marine life, and Van Veen grabs, and Haps cores which both collect sediment and water samples from the ocean floor.
In between science stations and HEALY’s busy schedule, the morale department has been active in keeping spirits high! ENS Jennifer Haley, the morale officer onboard, organized a Paint Night in the helicopter hangar where she led a flamingo painting tutorial for many crewmembers. Some crewmembers decided to create their own master-pieces and brought their own canvas to life! Landscapes, marine life, and abstract pieces filled the hangar with color.
Making the most of her time at sea, HEALY set the training environment to conduct drills to evaluate response to simulated inport emergencies. These drills served as valuable training for new crewmembers learning proper responses and for damage control qualified crewmembers to refine their responses to emergencies onboard HEALY.
Stay tuned for another update on HEALY’s Arctic West Summer 2017 mission next week!
ENS Samuel Wood
USCGC HEALY (WAGB 20)
Public Affairs Officer
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