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US Antarctic Program: Polar Star to Assist Trapped Ships, Will Carry Out Channel-Breaking Mission


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The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is responding to a request from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to assist the Russian-flagged Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese-flagged Xue Long, which are ice-bound in Antarctic waters about 850 nautical miles (978 statute miles) from McMurdo Station.