5 FEBRUARY, 2019 - M/V So...fea DECK LOG - WEATHER DAY TWO
This is the sixth year for "operation Deep freeze" that the Polar Star has headed into the mid-winter ice down South.
The Russian Navy has over 40 icebreakers and just ordered 8 more, the US has none even on the drawing boards. If the Polar Star should ever break down in the Antarctic, there is no other heavy icebreaker to come to its aid. The US Coast Guard only has the medium icebreaker, the USCGC Healy WAGB 20 (the first United States vessel to ever reach the North Pole on the water), which is only rated as a ten feet of ice cutter ship. The Healy is based out of Seattle and stationed in the Arctic while the Polar Star operates in the Antarctic. In case of catastrophic failure to either vessel, neither could any mutual assistance within a reasonable time-frame.