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Four Square Meals a Day

The galley crew on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy has four deadlines a day. At 7 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m., and 11 p.m., hungry crew members and scientists show up looking for meals.

The ship stocked up with a year’s worth of dry stores and packed a huge freezer full of meat the last time it was at its home port in Seattle. The last time fresh fruit, vegetables, and dairy came aboard was at the beginning of April in Dutch Harbor, before the ship left on this cruise.

With a careful strategy for using fresh fruit and vegetables and menus that were planned months ago, the galley keeps 122 people fueled for 40 days.

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