Coast Guard personnel take a group photo with a seven-person Chinese working group after discussing Operation North Pacific Guard.

Coast Guard hosts seven-person Chinese working group in support of Operation North Pacific Guard

In support of the Unitied Nations resolution to prevent the use of large scale drift net fishing on the high seas, in 1993, the U.S. Coast Guard signed a bilateral memorandum of understanding with the (now) China Coast Guard to […]


Members of the Canadian Coast Guard deliver medical supplies to a temporary medical treatment facility set up as part of Arctic Chinook in Kotzebue, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning.

Arctic Chinook 2016

There are “uncharted waters,” and there are uncharted waters up through the Northwest Passage. At the intersection of geography and interests, the Arctic represents a light flashing yellow to increased levels of human activity. A danger foreseen is half-avoided, goes […]


An optical phenomenon known as a sun dog or halo, which is produced by light interacting with suspended ice crystals in the atmosphere, appears off Coast Guard Cutter Healy’s port bow at the North Pole Sept. 5, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

At True North’s End

As Healy’s crew and science party now turn their gaze southward, they can sail proudly knowing each did their part to successfully push their cutter to the furthest regions of the Arctic. While much science remains to be conducted on the return route to Dutch Harbor, an historic milestone was reached by these 145 souls, and the memory of a formidable goal achieved will be carried with them for all time, wherever they may go.


The crews of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and Republic of Korea vessel Sam-Bong conduct a search in the Bering Sea near Chukotka, Russia, Dec. 13, 2014. The Sam-Bong relieved the Alex Haley crew in the search for missing crewmembers from the sunken fishing vessel 501 Oryong. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dale Arnould.

International search in the Bering

In a community effort between the Coast Guard, Russian SAR Mission Coordinator, international good Samaritans, South Korean government and the U.S. Air Force, a 4,576 square mile search was conducted for the 60 crewmembers of the capsized South Korean fishing vessel 501 Oryong in the Bering Sea off the coast of the Chukotka in northeast Russia.


The 441-foot Russian freight vessel Simushir adrift after losing propulsion along the coastline of the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, with 11 personnel aboard and an estimated 168,000 gallons of fuel. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Adrift in Canadian waters

With Alaskan waters bordering Canada in both the north and south, it’s no surprise that the U.S. and Canadian coast guards work hand-in-hand, training together annually to respond to maritime emergencies. Unpredictable Arctic weather presents complex challenges, and both countries occasionally rely on one another to provide a helping hand.


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 […]


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Know Your 17th District: Enforcement

The state of Alaska is a hotbed of maritime commerce. From the staggeringly large fishing industry to the vital export of petroleum to the growing tourism business, people all around the world rely on and enjoy the bounty that the […]


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Coast Guardsman spears world record in Kodiak

On the morning of the Aug. 24, Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Joca, the engineering and maintenance branch chief at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, and his friend set out to enjoy a day full of recreational spear-fishing. Joca, a relative newcomer to […]


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Coast Guard, NOAA partner to update decades-old chart data

By Ensign Paul Milliken and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg The Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are partnering in new ways to benefit mariners in safe navigation. In a mission unique to the Coast Guard fleet, […]


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Science Mission: Behind the Scenes

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst Most Coast Guardsmen will tell you that running a Coast Guard cutter is a full time job. Engines and generators need constant attention, hungry mouths need to be fed, the […]


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