Cutter crew to host Juneau open house

The crew of the Seattle-based Coast Guard cutter Healy is holding a public open house this week in Alaska’s capital city.

The free event in Juneau is scheduled for Thursday and Friday afternoons.

The Coast Guard says Healy crew members will be on hand to discuss the 420-foot ice-breaker and its most recent excursion in the Arctic Ocean.

According to the Coast Guard, the Healy’s main mission is scientific research support and it can accommodate as many as 50 scientists.

The vessel also can be used in other missions. It was used last winter to escort a Russian tanker to the western Alaska town of Nome to make an emergency delivery after a fuel barge failed to arrive before the Bering Sea freeze-up.

The cutter was commissioned in 2000.

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