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Around the Coast Guard: Icebreaker Makes Call at Murmansk

18 November 1970 Baltimore Sun Article, 21 November 1970 Navy Times Article, and 22 November 1970 Baltimore Sun Article

Submitted By LTJG/LT Stephen E. Goldhammer (Arctic East 1969 and Arctic East 1970)

Artic Sailors (Baltimore Sun, 18 November 1970, Staff Writer) - Three bearded junior officers of the Southwind, a Coast Guard icebreaker, strike a rakish pose after returning from the Far North. Left to right, they are: Lt. jg Bob Glynn, communications officer; Lt. (jg) Ken Riordan, navigator, and Lt. (jg) Larry Grant, assistant engineering officer. Neatly trimmed beards at sea or in port are now allowed as part of a top-level plan to abolish much-resented ―chicken‖ rules.

Around the Coast Guard: Icebreaker Makes Call at Murmansk (Navy Times, 21 November 1970, Staff Writer) - The Coast Guard cutter Southwind, an icebreaker, homeported in Baltimore has visited Murmansk. It is believed that this is the first American naval vessel to call at this northern Russian seaport since World War II. Southwind, which sailed for five years under the Soviet flag while on loan to Russia, received a warm welcome from the officials of the Soviet Navy and the city of Murmansk.

Southwind had just completed five weeks of oceanographic research operations in the Barents Sea and a visit to Tromso, Norway. It was during these oceanographic operations that Southwind penetrated into the Arctic ice pack northeast of the Franz Joseph Islands to a latitude of 83 degrees 01 minutes North. This is the most northerly penetration into the Artic Basin by any U.S. icebreaker. Southwind has a crew of 200 officers and men and is commanded by Captain Edward D. Cassidy.


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