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The Today File

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March 21, 2014 at 6:14 AM

Icebreaker Polar Star returns to Seattle today from Antarctic

The Associated Press

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard says the icebreaker Polar Star is returning to Seattle Friday after a 108-day deployment to help resupply McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

The vessel broke a 12-mile lane of ice up to 10-feet thick, clearing the way for a tanker and cargo ship.

In January, the Polar Star also was dispatched to help two vessels stuck in sea ice, but they broke free on their own.

The 399-foot Polar Star has a crew of 140. The 38-year-old-ship underwent an overhaul that allowed a U.S. icebreaker to support the Antarctic resupply effort for the first time in six years.

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