Innovation from a life at sea

From machinery technicians to boatswain’s mates, all have an equally important role in aids to navigation work. Known among mariners as ATON, it’s an integral part of living and working on a Coast Guard buoy tender in Alaska that consists […]


Women empowering women – a top down perspective

by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean Sudden shifts in climate, unforgiving seas, and snowcaps everywhere. Life in Alaska requires a different breed of person to adapt and truly thrive in its wilderness and waters, both of which are as […]


Coast Guard closes seasonal Cold Bay, Alaska forward operating location

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrews closed its seasonal forward operating location in Cold Bay, Alaska, March 15, in response to the ending of the winter fishery season. Ten helicopter aircrews saved 18 lives while it was opened Oct. 2017 […]


Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro completes 34-day Bering Sea patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro and crew returned to homeport in Kodiak, Alaska, March 18, after a 34-day patrol in the Bering Sea.   The cutter and crew conducted a multitude of missions including living marine resources, maritime safety, […]


Cutter Alex Haley makes way to homeport in Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard, Arctic Wind crew emphasize safety, training

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Charly Hengen Alaska’s unpredictable weather and notoriously rough seas can be unforgiving. This resonates loudly for two crewmembers aboard the fishing vessel Arctic Wind who narrowly escaped death on January 22, 2018.   The […]


Coast Guard charges owner of derelict fishing vessel Alaska Patriot

The Coast Guard has initiated a Class I Civil Penalty against the owner of the vessels Alaska Patriot and Alaska Pioneer after the Alaska Patriot was left adrift and derelict approximately 172 miles south of Dutch Harbor, Alaska, in December 2017.


Coast Guard, State of Alaska celebrate 150 years of shared history

As Alaska celebrates its 150th birthday October 18, the Coast Guard is pleased to share in the festivities. Since the state’s purchase from Russia by the United States in 1867, the Coast Guard has maintained a constant presence in The Last Frontier, a shared history as complex as the service’s many missions.


The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple follows the crew of Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker Terry Fox through the icy waters of Franklin Strait, in Nunavut Canada, August 11, 2017. The Canadian Coast Guard assisted Maple's crew by breaking and helping navigate through ice during several days of Maple's 2017 Northwest Passage transit. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Allies in the Arctic

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Maple arrived to Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday, after a journey of more than 7,000 miles through the Arctic from Sitka, Alaska.

Cutter Maple spent 27 days above the Arctic Circle, first navigating Alaskan waters then through the Arctic to the Atlantic Ocean. Coincidently, the summer of 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Coast Guard’s first Northwest Passage expedition that departed Seattle, Washington, July 1, 1957.


Coast Guard brings oil spill response assurance to North Slope residents

In an era where most of the United States has easy access to information at the click of a button, Alaska remains unique. Vast distances between communities combined with a lack of technological infrastructure makes getting information to rural communities a challenge.


Afloat on a frigid frontier

As the Arctic-summer wind whipped rain-soaked faces on the buoy deck of Coast Guard Cutter Maple July 23, 2017, crew members silently contemplated the significance of their roles as a large yellow ball burst to the ocean’s surface off the port bow.


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