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 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 aircrew, forward deployed to Deadhorse, Alaska, performs maintenance on an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter at the Deadhorse Aviation Center. The aircrew was deployed to the Deadhorse forward operating location in support of Arctic Shield 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert

USCG aircrews from across the US travel to Alaska to assist with Arctic Shield 2015

Spanning more than 4-million square miles along the Alaskan coastline, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak serves as a guardian to Alaskan mariners. With missions ranging from search and rescue to law enforcement, air station crews keep a busy schedule throughout the year. But, as ice in the Arctic recedes, another mission becomes important for the Coast Guard.

As part of Operation Arctic Shield, Air Station Kodiak deployed helicopters and personnel to a forward operating location in Deadhorse. In order to support both their primary missions and Arctic mission, the air station requested additional personnel from Coast Guard units across the United States.


Family members wave as the Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island departs Homer, Alaska, for the last time, June 10, 2015. The cutter is transiting to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, to be decommissioned. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Aleksander Kay

Roanoke Island rendezvous with retirement

The Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island shrinks toward the horizon as family members gather on the pier to wave goodbye to the crew and cutter. After 23 years of excellent service, the Roanoke Island is making its final departure from Homer, Alaska.

June 10, 2015, the 110-foot cutter began the journey that marked the end of its Coast Guard career. The island-class patrol boat will travel to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, where it is scheduled to be decommissioned.


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A fresh start in 2015

Anyone who has sailed Alaskan waters can attest that the Last Frontier is not for the faint of heart. It takes a strong crew and a sturdy ship to brave the wind and waves of the 49th state, and the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur is eager for the challenge.


Chris Thompson, an Unmanned Aircraft System operator for AeroVironment, directs a Puma All Environment UAS into a net mounted to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy during an exercise in the Arctic Aug. 23, 2014. Researchers from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, based in the New London, Conn., and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration deployed the UAS to test its capabilities in the Arctic. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center, NOAA test Unmanned Aircraft System during Arctic exercise

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – Soaring high above the shifting ice and frigid waters of the Arctic Ocean, a silent sentinel patrolled the skies above the Coast Guard Cutter Healy during its journey to the Arctic this summer. […]


Researchers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy prepare to deploy an Aerostat system during an exercise in the Arctic Aug. 16, 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center, based in New London, Conn., used the Aerostat to track a simulated spill during the exercise. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center tests Aerostat system during Arctic exercise

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – Situational awareness is an important factor of any response. The ability to monitor assets during dangerous operations or track the movements of a target can greatly influence the success of a mission. Knowing […]


Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Healy and researchers from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center spray a vegetable-based dye into the water to simulate an oil spill during an exercise in Arctic waters Aug. 18, 2014. Multiple unmanned systems were used to track the movements of the simulated spill during the exercise. Coast Guard photo by Jason Story.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center studies movement of oil in ice during Arctic simulation

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – As stewards of U.S. marine resources, the Coast Guard has a vested interest in the condition and protection of Alaska’s Arctic waters. That interest has led scientists working with the Coast Guard and […]


A Gavia Scientific Autonomous Underwater Vehicle dries on the deck of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy after recovery from a simulated oil in ice exercise in the Arctic Aug. 20, 2014. The AUV is outfitted with sonar and radar sensors which allow responders to locate oil trapped beneath or within the ice. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard deploys Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for Arctic science mission

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – Scientists from the Coast Guard Research and Development Center and their colleagues traveled to the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy this year to evaluate a wide variety of technologies for use […]


Barry Hurst, an instructor from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., and 1st Class Cadet Gabriel Patterson, prepare to test a submersible remotely operated vehicle aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy in Seward, Alaska, Aug. 7, 2014. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center, based in New London, Conn., conducted an analysis of three ROVs during their exercise aboard the Healy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center conducts analysis of Remotely Operated Vehicles during Arctic mission

AT SEA – Being a multi-mission agency with a diverse range of responsibilities, the Coast Guard relies on a wide variety of technologies to do its job. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center evaluated the capabilities of many new […]


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