Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro practice smallboat pursuit training in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, March 18, 2016.  Crewmembers from the CGC Stratton assisted with the training.  U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard smallboat crews train for hot pursuit in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Small boat pursuit training allows the coxswain and crew members of a small boat to work together in a close quarters situation with another boat at high speeds where extreme precision and teamwork are crucial. This simulates a vessel that is not following a lawful order to stop and trains the crew members in tactics to pursue and stop the vessel. Smallboat crews from the Munro spent time in the classroom before taking their smallboats in the water around Dutch Harbor to gain valuable hands-on experience.


A boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR climbs aboard the cutter during a maritime law enforcement patrol near Kodiak, Alaska, July 6, 2013.  The SPAR is a 225-foot ocean going buoy tender homeported in Kodiak that conducts multiple missions including law enforcement, search and rescue and aids to navigation.  U.S. Coast Guard photo provided by USCGC SPAR.

Coast Guard, Alaska Wildlife Troopers team up to enforce maritime law near Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard law enforcement teams are trained in federal fisheries laws and inspect vessels to ensure compliance with fishing seasons, permit requirements, gear and catch restrictions, and landing quotas. While conducting this important maritime law enforcement mission in Chiniak and Marmot Bays near Kodiak, a boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR recently discovered a pair of lingcod peeking out from under a tarp on the back deck of a vessel the team was inspecting.


Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, boarding team members attempt to break up a brawl during a law enforcment academy training scenario at Sector Anchorage April 17, 2015.  The annual law enforcement academy gives members the chance to brush up on their skills before the summer boating season.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

School’s in session for Coast Guard Sector Anchorage law enforcement academy

Warm weather and only slightly less freezing waters are sure signs that summer has once again returned to Alaska and for the Coast Guard that usually means business is about to pick up. The return of the midnight sun means the return of recreational boaters and the potential for trouble which is why Coast Guard members from Sector Anchorage met April 13-17 to hone the skills they’ll need to safely conduct boarding operations throughout the busy season.


Coast Guard Lt. Aaron Renschler from the Sector Anchorage, Alaska, enforcement division dons a protective mask during domestic egress training at Sector Anchorage Sept. 9, 2014. Personnel in the class learned how to properly and quickly use safety equipment in the event of a hazardous material threat. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert)

Preparing for dangerous cargo

As enforcers of America’s maritime laws, Coast Guard boarding teams are typically associated with images of drug and migrant interdiction, monitoring fisheries and boating safety. However, as defenders of U.S. ports and harbors, Coast Guard members must also be prepared to respond to more dire threats to the nation’s security.


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 […]


Lt. Cmdr. Royce James and Dr. Rich Paolino, both physics professors at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., prepare equipment for testing aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy's Arctic Survey Boat near Nome, Alaska, Aug. 12, 2014. The ASB will be equipped with a range of technologies intended to improve its effectiveness in the Arctic as part of the Arctic Craft Project during Arctic Shield 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Jason Story.

Coast Guard Arctic Craft Project looks to older technologies to tackle new challenges in Arctic

ALASKA – As defenders of U.S. marine resources and protectors of lives on the water, the Coast Guard must be always ready for action wherever the nation’s soil meets the sea. That includes the frigid water along the shores of […]


Amy Sun, an advanced program lead for Lockheed-Martin, adjusts a UHF antenna aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy while underway near Alaska Aug. 10, 2014. Sun works with narrowband military satellite systems and is aboard the Healy to test the capabilities of the Mobile User Objective System in the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Shawn Eggert.

Next generation satellite communications system to see testing aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy during Arctic Shield 2014

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – From studying the effects of solar activity to improve radio transmissions to enhancing the capabilities of Automated Identification Systems, the importance of having a reliable communications infrastructure in the Arctic has not been […]


Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Mike Turner, Arctic navigation lead for the Coast Guard Research and Development Center based in New London, Conn., explains the use of Automated Identification System software while underway aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy near Alaska Aug. 11, 2014. The Coast Guard and Marine Exchange of Alaska have teamed up to test the capabilities of existing electronic Maritime Safety Information infrastructure in the Arctic as part of Arctic Shield 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard, Marine Exchange of Alaska partner to build next generation of Arctic navigation and safety information system

NOME, Alaska – Between the rough seas, weather and ice the Arctic Ocean can be a dangerous place for navigation. Mariners who plied its waters in the past had little to rely on but radio traffic and a keen eye […]


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