This cruise planning manual provides information on the operational capabilities of USCGC HEALY (WAGB 20), and guidance on various policies, regulations, procedures, safety issues, and shipboard precautions. The intent is to assist the chief scientist and members of the scientific party in preparing for and successfully accomplishing the scientific mission, while maintaining a harmonious and productive relationship with support personnel and the ship’s crew.

USCGC HEALY (WAGB-20), the United States newest polar capable icebreaker, was commissioned as a U. S. Coast Guard cutter on August 21, 2000. The vessel was designed and built by Litton-Avondale Industries, Inc. and named after Captain Michael A. Healy of the U.S. Revenue Marine. HEALY’s primary mission is to function as a world class high latitude research platform with emphasis on Arctic science. The ship is capable of employment in icebreaking operations during any season in the Arctic and Antarctic. The ship’s systems have been designed with sufficient redundancy and robustness to meet national contingencies in the Polar Regions, including intentional wintering over. Other mission capabilities include escort for logistical re-supply of polar land facilities, search and rescue in Polar Regions, and marine environmental protection response.

Planned deployments are expected to be multi-disciplinary, in support of a wide range of science and engineering projects including, but not limited to: marine geology; physical, chemical and biological oceanography; and meteorology. Science working spaces and labs were designed to facilitate the latest approaches and techniques for conducting state of the art oceanographic research.

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of various rooms within the Healy

Life at Sea

Learn about the Healy's services and policies, shipboard emergency protocols, lab safety and more

Specs & Layouts

Learn about the Healy's layout, general and machinery specs

Healy Personnel

Who is on board now and who has sailed as USCG personnel on Healy in the past.


See in-port contact information, iridium & inmarsat and the Healy's Marine Science Coordinator's contact information