HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - By Janelle Guerrero-Miguel
The U.S. Coast Guard's most advanced polar icebreaker is in Honolulu before its four-month Arctic deployment, and the public can tour it this Saturday.
The Seattle-based Cutter Healy arrived Wednesday, making its first stop in the islands since 2011.
Healy, whose primary purpose is to conduct research, can withstand temperatures as low as 50 degrees below zero. It can also break through 4 and a half feet of ice traveling at about 3 mph.
The Healy will be open to the public on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Pier 11.
Children must be accompanied by an adult and pets are not allowed. Crew members will be available to answer any questions about the Healy and upcoming operations.
This summer, the Healy crew will conduct three major missions focusing on the biology, chemistry, geology and physics of the Arctic Ocean and its ecosystems. They will also be performing sonar mapping of the extended continental shelf.
The Coast Guard cutter has a 420-foot long icebreaker and a permanent crew of 87.
In addition, the Healy is capable of other operations, such as, search and rescue, ship escorts, and reinforcing laws in the Polar regions.