In this video released by the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Cutter Healy prepares to depart its homeport in Seattle for a three-month Arctic West 2009 deployment, March 4, 2009. The deployment supports the ongoing Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST). BEST is a multi-year project sponsored by the National Science Foundation that studies the ecological processes of sea ice as it retreats through the Bering Sea. Captain Frederick Sommer, Commanding Officer for the Healy and Seaman Deirdre Gray give insight to the scientific missions conducted while underway. (U.S. Coast Guard video/Petty Officer Third Class Tara Molle)
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