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USCGC Healy Ice Breaker (WAGB-20)

Model is hand-crafted from hard wood with planks on frame construction and then painted as the color of the real ship. Our model is fully assembled and ready for display. The model is included a base and a brass nameplate.

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Specifications

Packing Volume

TK0074P

82L x 16W x 36H (cm)

32.28L x 6.29W x  11.17H (inch)

0.12 m = 4.23 ft

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HISTORY

USCGC Healy (WAGB-20) is a United States Coast Guard research icebreaker commissioned in 1999. She is classified as a medium icebreaker by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Construction

Healy was constructed by Avondale Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana and named in honor of United States Revenue Cutter Service Captain Michael A. Healy. Her keel was laid on 16 September 1996. A spectacular launch followed on 15 November 1997, where 20 people were injured when a larger than expected wave of muddy water and debris created by the vessel's launch hit a viewing stand. Delivered to the US Coast Guard and placed "In Commission, Special" on 10 November 1999, Healy joined the icebreakers USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) and USCGC Polar Sea (WAGB-11) in their homeport of Seattle, Washington. The ship departed New Orleans on 26 January 2000, performing sea trials off of San Juan, Puerto Rico and in Baffin Bay between Canada and Greenland. She arrived in Seattle on 9 August 2000 after transiting the famed Northwest Passage and was placed "In Commission, Active" on 21 August 2000.

Capabilities

Designed to conduct a wide range of research activities, Healy provides more than 4,200 square feet (390 m2) of scientific laboratory space, numerous electronic sensor systems, oceanographic winches, and accommodations for up to 50 scientists. Healy is also designed to break 4.5 ft (1.4 m) of ice continuously at 3 knots (5.6 km/h; 3.5 mph) and can operate in temperatures as low as −50 F (−46 C). The science community provided input on lab layouts and science capabilities during design and construction of the ship.

As a coast guard cutter, Healy is also a platform for supporting other potential missions in the polar regions, including logistics, search and rescue, ship escort, environmental protection, and enforcement of laws and treaties.

Operations

In August and September 2010, the ship assisted the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Natural Resources Canada, Geological Survey of Canada, in conducting bathymetric and geophysical surveys in the Beaufort Sea and eastern Arctic Ocean. In 2011, she was in the middle of a seven-month science cruise in the Arctic Ocean conducting scientific operations. Due to the other US icebreakers being either in repair (Polar Star) or in the process of being decommissioned (Polar Sea), Healy is as of 2013 the only active large icebreaker in the Coast Guard's fleet. The Commanding Officer (CO) is Captain John Reeves. Captain Reeves assumed command of Healy in May, 2013.

In January 2012, Healy escorted the Russian-flagged freighter Renda through the pack ice to deliver an emergency supply of fuel to Nome, Alaska. Such a winter delivery had never been attempted before because the ice floes are 1 to 5 feet (0.30 to 1.52 m) thick during the winter season.

A group of researchers from the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory tested their "Submarine Team Behaviors Tool" with the Healy crew in September 2013 as they evaluated technology for the recovery of "simulated oil trapped in or under ice at the polar ice edge".

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