Slideshow | Polar Star

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Petty Officer Brian Carr greets Juneau residents at the start of a tour of the USCGC Polar Star on Saturday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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American flags fly as locals tour the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star at the AJ Dock in Juneau on Saturday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Commanding Officer George Pellissier is on his third tour aboard the USCGC Polar Star and has made a career of working on icebreakers. The Polar Star is returning from the Arctic after undergoing a month-and-a-half long ice trial. The ship has been laid up since 2006. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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The reinforced hull of the USCGC Polar Star has broken ice up to 24-feet thick. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Executive Officer Kenneth Boda served as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC Polar Sea from 1997 to1999 before returning to the ship as second in command last May. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Crewmen spend time on the stern of the USCGC Polar Star as the Carnival Miracle cruise ship pulls out of the Juneau harbor on Saturday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Juneau residents tour the USCGC Polar Star on Saturday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Carol Haube holds up her niece, Sarah Haube, 9, to see out the bridge window of the USCGC Polar Star during a tour on Saturday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Juneau residents board the USCGC Polar Star for a tour on Saturday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Douglas Island provides a backdrop to Juneau residents as they tour the flight deck of the USCGC Polar Star on Saturday. The icebreaker stopped in Juneau before returning to Seattle after an ice trial in the Arctic. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Executive Officer Kenneth Boda displays an admiral's flag that will be flown when 17th District Commander Rear Admiral Thomas P. Ostebo comes aboard the USCGC Polar Sea on Saturday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Juneau residents tour the USCGC Polar Star on Saturday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Juneau residents tour the USCGC Polar Star on Saturday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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