Facts about the Coast Guard’s newest icebreakers

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The Coast Guard icebreaker Healy finished clearing a path to Nome, Alaska for a Russian fuel tanker this week, but their trip is far from the only wild adventure these special ships have undertaken.

"While significant engineering goes into designing an icebreaker, breaking ice is based on two simple principles: (1) a sledgehammer is better than a butter knife and (2) two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time," wrote the Coast Guard head of Cutter Forces Lt. Cmdr. Kristen Serumgard.

An article in The Atlantic lists seven things readers should know about the Coast Guard cutter Healy and other ships of its ilk.