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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy made port in Juneau on Thursday for the first time in two years. Healy is the Coast Guard's largest active icebreaker at 420-foot-long by 82-foot-wide.
USCGC Healy makes port in Juneau 110712 NEWS 1 The Bookworm Sez The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy made port in Juneau on Thursday for the first time in two years. Healy is the Coast Guard's largest active icebreaker at 420-foot-long by 82-foot-wide.

Photo By Sarah Day / Capital City Weekly

An unidentified boy peers out of the USCGC Healy's bridge binoculars on Friday, Nov. 2 in Juneau.


Photo By Sarah Day / Capital City Weekly

Corey Smith, MK2 Machinery Technician with the support team for the USCGC Healy points to a boat on deck during a tour on Friday, Nov. 2 in Juneau.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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USCGC Healy makes port in Juneau

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy made port in Juneau on Thursday for the first time in two years. Healy is the Coast Guard's largest active icebreaker at 420-foot-long by 82-foot-wide.

Healy was commissioned in 1999. Crew members gave public tours on Thursday and Friday afternoon.

Here are some tidbits shared by Corey Smith, MK2 Machinery Technician with the support team for Healy:

• There are three boats onboard the Healy, two 25-foot-long boats and one 34-foot-long boat.

• The ship can stow two helicopters in an onboard garage.

• Scientists use the vessel and pull up water samples, star fish, and other items.

• The loft tower (the black tower on the cover photo) is where they drive the ship from when its breaking through ice. It is 100-feet above the water line.

• The bridge is 18-foot across the ship.

• The Healy can break about 15 feet of ice, breaking it at about 3-knots, or 5 miles per hour.

• The ship has four engines. Each puts out 10,000 horse power, for a maximum output of 30,000hp. The fourth is a back-up.

• The Healy can hold 1.2 million gallons of diesel fuel.

• It can carry 130-140 people - 70-80 Coast Guard crew and 30-50 scientists.

• The Healy has two 14,000 gallon water tanks via an evaporator system, using about 10,000 gallons of water per day comfortably.


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