Photograph: U.S. Coast Guard
The USCGC Healy is the most important and most superior ship within the Coast Guard’s fleet, able to breaking 4.5 ft of ice at three knots, and it’s geared up with over 4,000 sq. ft of laboratory area. On August 18, throughout an Arctic analysis mission, a hearth broke out and ruined a propulsion motor, forcing the analysis ship to return to Washington State. The Coast Guard breaks down what occurred in its memo:
WNU Editor: That is one huge job simply to take away one massive electrical motor.