Newly Renovated Icebreaker Undergoing Trials

The country's only heavy icebreaker is undergoing several weeks of ice trials in the Arctic after a multi-year renovation.

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by Associated Press

UNALASKA- The country's only heavy icebreaker is undergoing several weeks of ice trials in the Arctic after a multi-year renovation.

The trials are aimed at ensuring the revamped USCGC Polar Star is working properly. The trials also will provide an opportunity for inexperienced crew members to get trained and qualified.

 
The 399-foot vessel underwent a four-year, $90 million renovation. Ensign Paul Garcia says engines and gas turbines were replaced. Also new are the cranes, navigation equipment and systems for lowering anchors and small boats.
 
There's a newly equipped gym and movie theater, too, to help with crew morale on voyages that can last up to six months.