The Americans have an icebreaker on fire.

By | August 31, 2020
The Americans have an icebreaker on fire.

There was a fire on the American icebreaker WAGB-20 Healy. Flames broke out in the engine room. Despite the fact that the situation was handled in less than half an hour and no one was injured, the damage was strong enough to cancel the mission and return the icebreaker to the port.

Healy was supposed to patrol the Bering Strait as part of Operation Arctic Shield, but only reached the town of Seward in southern Alaska.

To understand how serious this has happened, we inform those who do not know that the largest American icebreaker (of the two available to the U.S., hahaha). Now the U.S. has only one icebreaker of almost half a century of age (by the way, it also recently had a fire – last year), which, according to experts, virtually deprives the country of access to the Arctic.

In 2015, the Healy icebreaker became the first American ship to reach the North Pole unaccompanied.
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PS. There was a fire on the American icebreaker WAGB-20 Healy. Flames broke out in the engine room. Despite the fact that the situation was handled in less than half an hour and no one was injured, the damage was strong enough to cancel the mission and return the icebreaker to the port. Healy was supposed to patrol the Bering Strait as part of Operation Arctic Shield, but only reached the town of Seward in southern Alaska.

The U.S.’s penultimate remaining Coast Guard icebreaker broke down due to a fire. Thus, as The Washington Times notes with reference to the statement of American officials, Washington’s influence in the Arctic region is weakened, because, despite the fact that the fire was extinguished quickly, the ship still went for repairs, curtailing its Arctic mission.

The incident occurred on August 18 near Alaska. The Healy Coast Guard icebreaker was damaged by a fire from one of the main engines. Shortly before that, the vessel had completed patrols of the area as part of Operation Arctic Shield and was on its way to the Arctic “for national security and scientific operations.” After the incident, the plans of the icebreaker had to be changed – it was sent to the port of Seattle for inspection and repair.

“I thank the Healy team for their lightning-fast actions to safely extinguish the fire. This incident, however, means that the U.S. icebreaker capacity will be limited until Healy is repaired, and this clearly indicates that the country desperately needs polar ice-cutting vessels capable of providing security,” said Vice Admiral Linda Fagan, head of the Pacific Coast Guard.

“The expedition had to be postponed until we had the technical capacity to carry it out, the ship returned to Seattle. Probably until the end of the year. But it depends on how badly it is damaged,” a U.S. Pacific Coast Guard spokesman told REN TV.

The U.S. currently has one active icebreaker called Polar Star. The U.S. Navy also includes another icebreaker, which has not been used for several years. In Russia, the icebreaker fleet, for comparison, has 40 ships, which gives Moscow the opportunity to exert its influence in the Arctic.

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