Coast Guard cutter sails on science trip

October 6, 2011 

The U.S. Coast Guard said one of its cutters is under way in Alaska waters on its third science mission this year.

The 420-foot Healy is a polar icebreaker based in Seattle.

An agency press release said the crew picked up supplies Sept. 28 in Dutch Harbor and headed north.

A science team will put out hydrographic moorings and recover others placed on earlier missions.

The crew of the Healy worked earlier this year with a Canadian coast guard ship to survey more than 4,600 miles of Arctic seafloor.

-- Associated Press

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