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In the remotest of remote places

In the middle of the Bering Strait, where natives create rawhide ropes from bearded seals, airtight buoys from seal skin and harpoons using Baleen whale, rests Little Diomede Island. Less than three miles from the Russian border, this small, remote […]


Coast Guard icebreaker rescues man aboard sailboat trapped in Arctic ice

Stuck in the Arctic ice

The 24 hours of sunlight, enormous marine mammals and vast emptiness create an environment unlike any in the world. It’s no surprise, then, that the melting ice is enticing adventure seekers to experience the untouched frontier. As vessel traffic increases, […]


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Coast Guard Cutter Hickory conducts overhaul on main propulsion engine

By Ens. David Parker As part of an in-port maintenance period this week, the Homer based Coast Guard Cutter Hickory conducted a top end overhaul of the port-side main propulsion engine for the first time since the cutter was commissioned […]


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Lighting the Passage for 60 Years

If 60 years of sea duty is a long time, then 60 years of performing aids to navigation maintenance in Southeast Alaska qualifies as an eternity. Imagine working with wind whipping down the straits and narrows, with snow blowing so […]


Alaska's Coast Guard Auxiliary, volunteer lifesavers of The Last Frontier

Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates 75th anniversary

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer organization made up of more than 30,000 men and women across the U.S. with more than 420 members volunteering in the state of Alaska. Today, the Coast […]


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Coast Guard promotes safety among gold dredge operators

Alaska is well known for its wealth of resources. Fish, lumber and oil are only a few of the valuable commodities that have driven people to brave the challenging environment of the Last Frontier, but there is another hard sought […]


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The Coast Guard Cutter Maple returns to Sitka, Alaska

The Coast Guard Cutter Maple, a 225-foot buoy tender, returned to its home port in Sitka DATE after a three-month dry dock period in Seattle.The Maple crew began its multimillion-dollar overhaul for 109 vital projects on March 11 and concluded […]


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The Continuity of Command

There’s a lot of patriotic music. Flapping flags. A marching color guard. An honor platoon in the corner. More shiny pairs of shoes and sharp uniforms than you could count. A Coast Guard change of command, like many military ceremonies, […]


The Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau and China coast guard vessel 2102 steam alongside each other during the transfer of the fishing vessel Yin Yuan in the North Pacific Ocean June 3, 2014. The Morgenthau crew was patrolling in support of Operation North Pacific Guard, the Coast Guard's component of a multi-lateral fisheries law enforcement operation designed to detect and deter illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau.

Operation North Pacific Guard

Churning beneath the tumultuous surface of the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska is the life-blood of a multi-billion-dollar industry. The scaly, slimy and sometimes spiny natural resource plays a major part in feeding people all over the world, and […]


Mike Folkerts, a Coast Guard 17th District boating safety expert, disembarks a personal watercraft during a safety class at Auke Lake in Juneau, Alaska, June 1, 2014. Folkerts offered a Coast Guard perspective on the training for Juneau residents, which was hosted by the City of Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst.

Little boat, big water

What do you picture when you think about maritime traffic in Alaska? Is it crab fishermen on the Bering Sea? Or maybe cruise ships navigating the islands of Southeast Alaska? Oil tankers leaving Price William Sound? Whatever it is, it […]


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