US Coast Guard released images of the Cutter Polar Star, that caught fire in the ship's incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. First female commanding officer of an aircraft carrier will helm USS Lincoln. Israeli submarine transits Suez Canal in show of force against Iran. A leak also sprang from the shaft that drives one of the ship’s screws. Don't miss the top Navy stories, delivered each afternoon. “Unfortunately, there have been a number of engineering casualties and other problems in recent years. "This casualty," Fagan added in reference to the Healy fire, "means that the United States is limited in icebreaking capability until the Healy can be repaired and it highlights the nation's critical need for Polar Security Cutters. “Polar Star is poised to head into the cold, dark Arctic winter to carry out a historic mission,” said Capt. Although the Coast Guard also maintains a medium breaker, Healy, for North Pole patrols, the United States has no self-rescue capabilities for Antarctic ice. "I commend the crew of the Healy for their quick actions to safely combat the fire," said Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, USCG Pacific Area commander. Funding for MQ-9 Reaper drone back in federal budget. Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The future USS Daniel Inouye completed builder's trials after spending four days at sea off the coast of Maine last week, the Navy announced. “Our continued presence will enable us to reinforce positive opportunities and mitigate negative consequences today and tomorrow.”. The Polar Star will detect and deter illegal fishing by foreign vessels in the U.S. The Seattle-based Polar Star has several important duties in the Arctic, including sending a strong message to Russia and conducting unique research. State Department approves $128.1M aircraft sale to Kazakhstan. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The icebreaker USCGC Healy had an engine room electrical fire last week while off the coast of … Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard, NATO intercepted hundreds of Russian planes over Europe in 2020, alliance says. … A slightly younger sister, Polar Sea, got knocked out of service in 2010, when pistons in five of the six main diesel engines welded to their sleeves. However this year’s resupply mission is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re talking about a 43-year-old ship,” said Coast Guard spokesman Senior Chief Public Affairs Specialist Nyx Cangemi. ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Every year, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star leaves its homeport in Seattle, Washington and heads to McMurdo Station, Antarctica to lead Operation Deep Freeze and break miles of ice up to 21 feet thick. “The crew of the Polar Star did an outstanding job — their expert response and determination ensured the safety of everyone aboard.”. While the crew contained the fire damage to the incinerator housing, the water used to cool the nearby exhaust pipe flowed into several electrical systems and the insulation. Three aviation-grade gas turbine engines provide USCGC POLAR STAR with up to 75,000 horsepower, making her the most powerful ship in the US Coast Guard. Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The State Department approved a possible $128.1 million deal this week to sell three King Air Scorpion aircraft to Kazakhstan, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency. Officials vowed to have the repairs completed before next year’s 11,200-mile journey to the bottom of the world. The Polar Star arrived after completing an 18-mile trip through the ice to McMurdo Sound, where 400 containers will be offloaded from the supply ship Ocean Giant. Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The Defense Department's $67 million in aid to bases vulnerable to weather issues and climate change lacks a method to gauge success, a report said. While en route to the Arctic for a historic winter deployment, the Polar Star command and crew were notified they are the 2020 Hopley Yeaton Cutter Large Cutter Excellence Award winner! The Polar Star, commissioned in 1976, is the U.S. military's only working icebreaker. Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Capt. New in 2021 Things: Curbside pickup coming to more commissaries. Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The icebreaker USCGC Healy had an engine room electrical fire last week while off the coast of Alaska and headed to Seattle, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The crew of the Coast Guard’s last heavy icebreaker battled a nighttime Feb. 10 blaze for almost two hours before it was extinguished, officials announced Thursday. On February 10, 2019, a fire also occurred on the Polar Star on its way to Antarctica. So this year, the ship will be heading to the opposite end of the world – the Arctic Ocean. On Feb. 14, President Donald J. Trump signed a bill that earmarked $655 million for the design and construction of a new icebreaker, plus $20 million for materials necessary to start on a second vessel. Copyright © 2020 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Russia currently operates four nuclear-powered icebreakers -- one, the Taymyr, built in 1987, suffers frequent radiation leaks-- and is expected to build five more, in addition to numerous conventionally-powered ice-capable ships. Dec. 24 (UPI) -- USS John McCain conducted what the Navy is describing as a "freedom of navigation operation" near the Con Dao Islands in the South China Sea Thursday. Dec. 23 (UPI) -- L3Harris Technologies was selected for final design and production of the Next Generation Jammer Low Band aerial jamming program, the Naval Air Systems Command said. Они используют разные принципы работы, что позволяет эффективнее определять местоположение в высоких широтах. New in 2021: Will you be getting orders to an Arctic base? A new ammunition round in the works at the Army, the Pentagon adjusts to work-from-home requirements, and a look at the biggest military and defense stories from 2020 - all on Defense News Weekly for Dec. 27, 2020. Exclusive Economic Zone and conduct Arctic training essential for developing future icebreaker operators. A hyperbaric chamber loaned to the Coasties by the U.S. Navy allowed them to make the emergency repairs and inspect the hull at sea. Information The current position of CG POLAR STAR is at North America West Coast (coordinates 48.94825 N / 126.68645 W) reported 16 days ago by AIS. This is a short video showcasing many of the things I did or saw during USCGC Polar Star's annual trip to Antarctica. New melting hotspot found in East Antarctica, U.S., Canada, France, Denmark prepare for Arctic military exercise, China delivers first domestic polar ice breaker Xuelong 2. After the attempts of four fire extinguishers failed, the fire crew was trying to extinguish fire for two hours. Just last year, a fire broke out aboard the USCG’s other icebreaker “Polar Start” while on the way to Antarctica, which required lengthy repairs to the electrical systems. USS John McCain navigates through South China Sea. – in 2004-2005 (ODF 2005), the Russian icebreaker Krasin was assisting USCGC Polar Star while USCGC Polar Sea had to remain at the dry dock – in 2005-2006 (ODF 2006), Krasin attempted break-in alone but threw a blade which couldn’t be replaced; USCGC Polar Star was hastily deployed from Seattle (and afterwards placed in caretaker status) Commissioned in 1976, the ship was built by Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company of Seattle, Washington along with sister ship, USCGC Polar Sea. Historia [ editar ] The fire erupted in the Polar Star’s garbage incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. - The Briefing 10.22.20, Nimitz providing operational and close-air support by Somali coast as US troops are relocated, New in 2021: Navy physical fitness assessments will start up again. The United States’ only medium icebreaker USCGC Healy has suffered a fire and propulsion failure while en route to the Arctic. “While we focus our efforts on creating a peaceful and collaborative environment in the Arctic, we’re also responding to the impacts of increased competition in this strategically important region,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz in a prepared statement. Just last year a fire erupted aboard the USCG’s other icebreaker, the Polar Star, en route to Antarctica requiring lengthy repairs of the electrical systems. On Jan. 30, the icebreaker escorted the container ship Ocean Giant, toting 500 containers loaded with 10 million pounds of supplies, to McMurdo Station. Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group began its scheduled deployment this week after completing a sustainment exercise, the Navy announced. Another nation, maybe a rival such as Russia, would have to rescue the Coast Guard crew. The cutter refueled and 11 days later, the incinerator room burst into flames. Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Over 400 interceptions of unknown aircraft in NATO airspace, nearly all responses to Russian military planes, occurred in 2020, NATO said on Monday. In early 2017, it was marked by the Coast Guard as a “parts donor” — which means crews began cannibalizing it to keep the Polar Star running. After parts arrived during a port call in Wellington, New Zealand, the crew fixed the electrical wires and the evaporator system but they couldn’t resume icebreaking operations until scuba divers braved the frigid water to fix a seal around the shaft. But Coast Guard officials say that they need six new Polar Security Cutters to patrol the Arctic and Antarctic regions. Также имеются все GAO: Defense Dept. “Mare Island Dry Dock in Vallejo, CA is performing the 2020 sustainment dry dock for CGC POLAR STAR. Commissioned in 1976, the Polar Star is 13 years past its intended service life. “It’s always a serious matter whenever a shipboard fire breaks out at sea, and it’s even more concerning when that ship is in one of the most remote places on Earth,” said Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Pacific Area, in a written statement emailed to Navy Times. After sailing from its Seattle homeport on Nov. 27, the Polar Star began crunching a channel through 17 miles of ice measured at 6- to 10-feet thick to McMurdo Station, the main logistics hub for U.S. personnel in Antarctica, including researchers at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station and remote field camps. The Feb. 10 fire was not the first engineering casualty faced by the Polar Star crew this deployment. Future USS Inouye completes builder's trials after 4 days at sea. Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The $3.2 trillion spending package approved this week by Congress includes $286 million for MQ-9 Reaper drones -- weapons previously slated for elimination. Bill Woitrya, the cutter’s commanding officer. Icebreaker USCGC Healy (WABG-20) is now steaming to Washington state to repair damage to the main propulsion system and all Coast Guard Arctic operations have been cancelled. There is one small catch. The Healy is the only Coast Guard icebreaker dedicated to Arctic research, with 4,200 square feet of available for laboratory space, oceanographic winches and accommodations for up to 50 scientists. A fire has hobbled the Coast Guard's only medium icebreaker, cancelling the 420-foot ship's scheduled summer deployment to the Arctic and sending it … While breaking ice, all power in the ship cut off and the crew had to spend nine hours shutting down the power plant and rebooting the electrical system to mend that, officials added. USS Theodore Roosevelt strike group leaves for deployment. Prine came to Navy Times after stints at the San Diego Union-Tribune and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The cutter is expected to be delivered by 2024, with an option for two more to be built. ", Cangemi told Navy Times that the only problem for the crew is that they can’t burn their trash on their way home from a port call in New Zealand. CGC POLAR STAR entered the shipyard on April 13, 2020 and left Mare Island Dry Dock on August 5, 2020. After the fire, the 42 foot-long Healy returned to Seattle, its home port, for inspection and repairs, the Coast Guard said. A second vessel, the USCGC Healy, suffered a fire in August, forcing the … Details for the ship Cgc Polar Star , IMO 7367471, Other Ship, Position Bering Sea with current real time AIS position and ship photos by vesseltracker.com. The Coast Guard's other ship with icebreaking capability, the 44 year-old USCGC Polar Star, had a fire in 2019 as it traveled to Antarctica. Two of the cutter’s evaporators that make drinking water failed. The US Coast Guard’s only long-range icebreaker, the Polar Star, would typically head to the Antarctic to help with the resupply of the McMurdo Station. Each year, POLAR STAR travels to McMurdo Station, Antarctica to lead Operation Deep Freeze and break miles of ice up to 21 feet thick. A White House memorandum in June on polar security called for "a ready, capable and available fleet of polar security icebreakers that is operationally tested and fully deployable by Fiscal Year 2029.". Explore this website to learn more. There were no injuries aboard the 21 year-old ship, but its diesel-powered starboard propulsion motor and shaft were damaged. Cgc Polar Star - Other Ship, IMO 7367471, MMSI 367255000, Callsign NBTM, Flag United States of America - vesseltracker.com For other uses, see Polar star (disambiguation). The Healy's crew completed three science missions, conducting physical and biological research in the Arctic Ocean with the National Science Foundation, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Office of Naval Research. While sailing to Antarctica, the crew fixed one of the electrical systems that began to smoke, damaging a switchboard. “Age and the importance of the mission, Operation Deep Freeze, mean that the Polar Star spends much of its time away from McMurdo Station getting repaired. https://www.navytimes.com © 2020 Sightline Media Group. CCTV footage shows RV explosion in downtown Nashville, House to vote Monday on increasing stimulus payments to $2,000, Actress Lori Loughlin freed after serving prison time for college admissions scam, Ice-T gets the boot in 'Masked Dancer' premiere, New COVID-19 cases, deaths in U.S. fall to lowest levels in weeks, This week in the National Football League. The vessel CG POLAR STAR (IMO: 7367471, MMSI 367255000) is a Icebreaker built in 1976 (44 years old) and currently sailing under the flag of USA. The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but a Coast Guard report on Tuesday said the incident occurred on Aug. 18, and the fire was extinguished after the burning motor was disconnected from the drivetrain. At the time Fagan said: “It’s always a serious matter whenever a shipboard fire breaks out at sea, and it’s even more concerning when that ship is in one of the most remote places on Earth.” One of two operational Coast Guard icebreaking cutters, the Healy completed a 26-day patrol of the Bering Strait, which separates Russia from Alaska, days before the incident occurred. USCGC Polar Star crew assist with Christchurch fire efforts, February 16-17, 2017 Crew members of the US Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star assisted the New Zealand Defence Force and the New Zealand Police throughout the night in providing assistance as needed in cordoned areas affected by the Christchurch fire. He praised the “time and the dedication they show to keep that ship going.”. In order to receive programming from the Yukon TV app, customers must have GCI internet.“They are automatically going to be raising the price of cable TV by $74,” Anchorage resident Michael Media in category "USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10)" The following 49 files are in this category, out of 49 total. As the U.S. Coast Guard moves towards building a replacement for the aging heavy icebreaker Polar Star, the service is deciding whether to reactivate her sister ship, the Polar Sea, to … L3Harris to build Next Generation jammers in $496 million contract. When the Polar Star isn’t at sea for Operation Deep Freeze, it’s in dry dock, undergoing repairs. Moscow boasts a fleet of at least 40 icebreakers and plans to add even larger vessels to the frozen flotilla. USCGC Polar Star обычно участвует в операции Deep Freeze, ежегодной миссии по пополнению запасов на станцию Мак-Мердо в Антарктиде в поддержку Национального научного фонда. A Coast Guard icebreaker is cutting short a research mission to the Arctic after suffering a fire while underway on Aug. 18, the Coast Guard announced on Tuesday. Amy Bauernschmidt will assume command of USS Abraham Lincoln, making her the first female commanding officer of an aircraft carrier, the Navy announced this week. El USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) es el primero de los dos rompehielos de la clase Polar Star de la Guardia Costera de Estados Unidos. ", The incident comes as the Coast Guard considers adding armed, nuclear-powered icebreakers to its aging fleet. Dec. 23 (UPI) -- An Israeli submarine transited the Suez Canal and is in the Red Sea, poised for possible action against Iran, the Israeli television station KAN 11 reported. Sign up for the Navy Times Daily News Roundup to receive the top Navy stories every afternoon. The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star fought a Feb. 10 fire that broke out in the cutter's incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. By giving us your email, you are opting in to the Navy Times Daily News Roundup. No one was injured and the cause of the blaze remains under investigation but the fire was another mechanical woe stacked atop an aging breaker that’s annually tasked to perform its part in Operation Deep Freeze, a mission by the Air Force, Navy, Army and National Guard to support the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic operations. USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) несет четыре современные системы навигации. While enroute to Antarctica, one of the ship’s electrical systems began to smoke, causing damage to wiring in an electrical switchboard, and one of the ship’s two evaporators used to make drinkable water failed. China is constructing one nuclear-powered icebreaker as well. His awards include the Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting on the military, a first prize from Investigative Reporters & Editors and the Combat Infantryman Badge. The Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, the nation’s sole heavy icebreaker, is making its way north for the ship’s first winter Arctic deployment since 1982. The mooring footage is from Hawaii. However, additional contracted maintenance and repairs will continue during the ship’s transit and in-port period in Seattle, WA. needs to better track climate change protections. He served in the Marine Corps and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. On Aug. 15, the ship embarked 11 scientists at Seward, Alaska, to conduct since-cancelled Arctic Ocean science operations. Icebreaker Healy returns to Seattle homeport, $655 million for the design and construction of a new icebreaker, The Biggest Military and Defense Stories of 2020 - Defense News Weekly, 12.27.20, A fatal parachute accident, new squad weapons, and jetpack assault teams? Leaking USCGC Polar Star arrives at Antarctica January 18, 2019, by navaltoday The US Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker Polar Star arrived Thursday in Antarctica along with a resupply vessel during operation Deep Freeze – a joint military service mission to resupply US interests in … The icebreaker USCGC Healy, pictured in 2019 during Arctic Ocean training exercises, suffered a fire disabling one engine and cancelling a scientific mission, the Coast Guard reported. If the crew couldn’t repair the ship, it might’ve become an international embarrassment. USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) is a United States Coast Guard heavy icebreaker. The … The Navy awarded a $746 million contract to VT Halter Marine, a Pascagoula, Miss., shipbuilder, in 2019 for a new heavy polar icebreaker, called a Polar Security Cutter. USCGC Polar Star - the U.S. Coast Guard's only heavy icebreaker U.S. Coast Guard Russia has long seen the waters off their northern coast as … New in 2021: When will sailors get the COVID vaccine?