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USCGC Healy is the largest and most advanced ship to enter the Coast Guard’s fleet. The 429-ft-long, 16,000-ton icebreaker allows the Coast Guard to reach areas in the arctic circle most boats would never manage.
The ship boasts 4,000 sq ft of laboratory space and scientific equipment inside. 51 scientists are on board the ship at all times to facilitate their research.
In 2020, Healy’s starboard main propulsion motor caught on fire while deployed to the Arctic. To be repaired, the ship had to be taken to a dry dock in Vallejo, California.
Fortunately, the Coast Guard had a spare 100-ton motor in its storage for 23 years. However, they had to travel 6,200 miles in two months to deliver the replacement.
The crew had to remove a section of her hull, taking a total of six weeks to complete. After the repairs, she and her crew came back to the Arctic region to conduct vital scientific research.