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Despite breakdowns and missed pay, Polar Star reaches Antarctica

by MarEx 26 Jan 2019 00:10 PST
The Polar Star under way, 2018 © USCG

The 150 crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived Thursday in Antarctica, fulfilling their yearly mission to resupply America's main outpost on the continent.

The 42-year-old ship is the United States only operational heavy icebreaker, and the crew - which has not been paid since December - is making their sixth deployment in as many years to support the resupply of McMurdo Station.

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