February 19, 2016 - Highlights of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star and its crew's efforts in deployment to the Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2016 ... ending with a time-lapse of the Polar Star transiting through sea ice shortly after crossing the Antarctic Circle, and then breaking ice in Antarctica. The Seattle-based cutter played a pivotal role by breaking a channel for supply vessels to reach the National Science Foundation's McMurdo Station.
Operation DEEP FREEZE (ODF) is a joint service, on-going Defense Support to Civilian Authorities (DSCA) activity in support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), lead agency for the United States Antarctic Program. Operation DEEP FREEZE is unlike any other U.S. military operation. It is one of the military's most difficult peacetime missions due to the harsh Antarctic environment. The U.S. military is uniquely equipped and trained to operate in such an austere environment and has therefore provided support to the USAP since 1955.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst Video edited by USA Patriotism!