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 Cutter SPAR conducts winter patrol

During a recent winter patrol, the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crew stayed busy. We’d like to take you on their recent voyage around Kodiak Island. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crewmembers conducted a burial at sea near Kodiak, Alaska. Petty Officer 1st […]


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 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.


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.


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.


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