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Maritime Image of the Day: USCG Cutter Polar Star in Action!

PortandTerminal.com, January 5, 2021

BERING SEA — Today’s Maritime Image shows Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) as it navigates heavy seas in the Gulf of Alaska Thursday, December 10, 2020. The photo was taken by Petty Officer First Class Cynthia Oldham.

The Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) arrived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Tuesday, for a logistics stop 30 days into a months-long Arctic deployment to protect the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the polar region.

During the mission’s first leg, Polar Star traversed a historic winter latitude navigating farther north than any U.S. surface ship in history. The Polar Star’s record-breaking winter Arctic latitude, reached on December 25, is 72° 11′ N.

Additionally, the Polar Star crew engaged in various scientific research initiatives, including the deployment of four ice buoys in support of a scientific partnership with the University of Washington and Office of Naval Research. And, in support of National Science Foundation and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Polar Star crew launched multiple sensors to examine Arctic waters, a region from which little scientific data exists.

While moored in Dutch Harbor, for the safety of the cutter’s crew and local citizens, no person will be permitted on or off the Polar Star unless it’s for pre-approved logistical purposes.

Mitigating the risk of potential exposure to COVID19 is paramount for the mission’s continued success – and for the safety of the citizens of Dutch Harbor.

Upon departing Dutch Harbor, the Polar Star crew will again transit north and continue to hone the crew’s icebreaking proficiency, conduct scientific research, and patrol to detect and deter illegal fishing by foreign vessels in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.

The last time the nation’s sole heavy icebreaker visited Dutch Harbor was in July of 2013 during ice trails following the unit’s re-activation.

Captain Bill Woityra, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10), looks out from the cutter’s bridge
Captain Bill Woityra, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10), looks out from the cutter’s bridge Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 while underway in the Bering Strait.  Photographer Petty Officer First Class Cynthia Oldham.
Night sky. Stars. Ice. Life preserver.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Oldham.
USCG Cutter shines lights on ice.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Oldham.

(USCG release)

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