Boater beware: Vessel documentation fraud lurks online

A new scam is targeting boat owners looking to save a little time online, but it’s costing them hundreds of dollars: Websites offering documentation renewal services for a fee.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Harris, a member of a joint Coast Guard-Navy dive team deployed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy, holds a Coast Guard ensign during a cold water ice dive off a Healy small boat in the Arctic, July 29, 2017. The joint dive team successfully completed the first shipboard Coast Guard dive operations in the Arctic in 11 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Bradbury.

Diving in: A new chapter at the top of the world

For the first time in 11 years, after the tragic deaths of Lt. Jessica Hill and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Duque, divers returned to the icy Arctic waters in support of the 2017 Coast Guard Research and Development Center Arctic patrol of Coast Guard Cutter Healy.

During the patrol, the team conducted cold water ice dive operations from both the small boat and a dive platform that was lowered from the Healy. A total of 18 dives were performed with a maximum depth of 38 feet and subsurface time of 18 minutes.


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.


Challenges loom large in Arctic – So do the rewards

Things are a little different in the Arctic. Logistics are a strain. Distances are vast. The weather is always a wildcard.


Cutter Sherman crew and North Slope Borough, Alaska, volunteers swap search and rescue ideas

Story and photos by Chief Petty Officer John Masson 9th District Public Affairs, attached to Operation Arctic Shield People have been disappearing in the Arctic for as long as there have been people in the Arctic. Difficult terrain, unpredictable weather […]


National Safe Boating week is the launch of the 2017 North American Safe Boating Campaign. This yearlong campaign promotes safe and responsible boating and the value of voluntary, consistent life jacket wear by recreational boaters through the national theme, Wear It!

Wind down from National Safe Boating Week; Gear up for summer fun!

As National Safe Boating Week winds down, we are gearing up for summer fun! As the summer months bring in warmer weather, maritime activity on the water increases exponentially. With more boaters on the water, the chance for maritime accidents, or boaters in distress, rises. These accidents can happen at a moment’s notice and the best way to make sure you, your friends and family, have an enjoyable time on the water is through the proactive mindset of boating safety knowledge and preparation.


The Sector Anchorage command center coordinates, directs and monitors operations extending throughout Western Alaska, The North Slope, and the Aleutian Islands through Prince William Sound.

Lifesaving advantages of digital selective calling

It’s as simple as pressing a button. And if an emergency occurs, that might be all you have time for. The distance between someone in distress and their rescuers can be vast in Alaska. They could be hours away. A boater equipped with digital selective calling (DSC) distress signal capabilities just might possess one of the tools that could save their life.


Installing fun for the winter

With just a step outdoors in Homer, Alaska, aka “the end of the road,” hunting, fishing, hiking, skiing and off-road activities provide plenty of good times throughout spring and summer, but come winter, much of Homer’s community will have to find something fun to do indoors.


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 […]


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