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Flying into the future

It’s pivotal that a rescue crew, whether on the water or in the sky, has the full use of their wits and physical power when it matters most. Utilizing an unmanned system that could potentially spot survivors or wreckage from high in the sky could reduce the time rescue crews spend searching, and ultimately reduce the time that victims spend at the mercy of the elements.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould poses in front of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, where he was stationed from 2012 to 2015 in Kodiak, Alaska. Arnould was the assistant public affairs officer and documented the crew and ship's operations.

Leaving a lasting legacy

As you walk through the passageways, mess deck and wardroom of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, you will see nicely framed photos of the cutter, crew, operations and training that look like they came from a recruiting poster or an art gallery – they came from neither. Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould, an operations specialist stationed aboard the Alex Haley from 2012 to 2015 is the man behind the camera in each of the photos.


JUNEAU, Alaska - Petty Officer James Formosa stands ready on the bow of a Coast Guard 47-foot motor life boat to provide cooling water during a boat fire in Thomas Basin, Ketchikan June 27, 2005.. The Coast Guard crew assisted the Ketchikan Fire Department and provided security. USCG photo.

Smoke on the water; Coast Guard reminds boaters of onboard fire safety

Boating plays a vital role in Alaska and, in many instances, a vessel serves as both a means of making a living and a floating home away from home. Like any other home in Alaska, the cabin of a boat can often provide a warm refuge during cold weather, but mariners may become complacent to fire hazards onboard.


Container Feat

Safe to ship

To the casual spectator, there might not appear to be anything wrong with this particular container. These three know better. Their search focuses especially on the load-bearing sections of the giant box. The frames there are made to withstand an incredible amount of weight, so any kind of deterioration can mean a bad day at sea.


The Coast Guard Research and Development Center and partners accomplished the service’s first autonomous net capture of an unmanned aerial system on board Coast Guard Cutter Healy July 9. The Coast Guard is evaluating methods to recover UAS that could be employed on platforms that are not equipped with flight decks. AeroVironment photo provided by John Ferguson.

Coast Guard Research & Development Center Conduct Autonomous Recovery of Unmanned Aircraft System

Coast Guard personnel from the Research and Development Center and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continued their work aboard the icebreaker CGC Healy July 9 with the launch of a Puma unmanned aerial system. UAS are being tested by the Coast Guard for use in a wide range of Arctic missions!


The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks through ice in the Arctic circle, July 14, 2015. This image was taken by an Aerostat, a self-contained, compact platform that can deploy multiple sensor payloads and other devices into the air. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Arctic research underway aboard CGC Healy

Science is officially in full swing aboard the CGC Healy and research operations are now underway. Personnel from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center are aboard the Healy again this summer to test and evaluate technologies for Coast Guard use in the Arctic. This year, the focus of the research is on a significant Coast Guard mission: search and rescue.


The Coast Guard Cutter Farallon rests at a pier in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, June 14, 2015. The stop in Cabo San Lucas was one of eight port calls the crew made on their journey to Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo

USCGC Farallon trades tropical beaches for Arctic breezes

After more than 9,000 miles and 46 days underway, the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Farallon finally arrived at its new homeport in Valdez, Alaska, July 13, 2015.


A Coast Guard Cutter Healy tie-down team moves in to secure an Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, MH-60 Jayhawk to the flight deck southwest of Kodiak Island, July 3, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

From air to sea

Forty-one by 40-feet is the size of the flight deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot polar icebreaker currently deployed to the Arctic. To land a on the cutter, aircrews and deck crews not only have to manage with a ship that moves forward in the water, but also one that moves with the seas.


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Coast Guard initiates Arctic Shield 2015

Since 2007, the Coast Guard has purposefully expanded its reach into the Arctic. Arctic Shield consolidates Coast Guard Arctic missions including a year-round focus on educational outreach and improving community, tribal, local and state government relationships. Arctic Shield 2015, which kicked off in June, consists of comprehensive Coast Guard operations to protect the Arctic maritime community.


ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Coast Guard Capt. Paul Mehler III transfered command of Sector Anchorage to Capt. Paul Albertson during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Wednesday.

Sector Anchorage welcomes new commander

Coast Guard Capt. Paul Mehler III transfered command of Sector Anchorage to Capt. Paul Albertson during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Wednesday.

The ceremony was presided over by Rear Adm. Dan Abel, commander, 17th District, and ended with a retirement ceremony for Mehler who served as sector commander since 2012 and retired with 25 years of service.


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