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 […]


Alex Haley crewmembers perform at a community event in Adak.

Ramping Up Community Service

Story by Ensign Kristin Euchler Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crewmembers have always been supportive of the communities they visit, and their recent port call in Adak, Alaska has been no different. Crewmembers gathered to construct a railing for a […]


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 […]


Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy retrieve the glider unit of a Wave Glider Unmanned Surface Vehicle from the ocean during an oil in ice exercise in the Arctic Aug. 21, 2014. The Wave Glider's glider unit can propel the device thousands of miles through the ocean using wave motion as its only power source. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center deploys Unmanned Surface Vehicle during Arctic exercise

AT SEA – In order to expand its presence and understanding of the Arctic, the Coast Guard and its partners evaluated the capabilities of a variety of technologies during the Coast Guard Research and Development Center’s journey aboard the Coast […]


The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR transits Cold Bay, Monday, May 28, 2012, in The Gulf of Alaska. The SPAR is a 225-foot buoy tender stationed in Kodiak, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Justin Hergert.

CGC SPAR supports “Kids Don’t Float”

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR took time from servicing aids to navigation Tuesday to visit the isolated community of Ouzinkie, Alaska, on the south side of Spruce Island just north of Kodiak to support the “Kids Don’t Float” campaign.


Alex Balsley, a program manager with the Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Conn., reads an ice radar display while underway in the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy Aug. 17, 2014. The Coast Guard is evaluating the system as part of its Arctic Strategy to test and refine the capabilities of Arctic resource requirements. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center tests Ice Radar Navigation System during Arctic deployment

ALASKA – With its ever-changing ice conditions, the Arctic can be a difficult area to navigate. Seasonal and other shifts in the amount of ice passing through the region require sensitive equipment for vessels to transit safely and, as part […]


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 […]


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Alaska’s Coast Guard reservists: Worth their weight in gold

Living in Alaska takes grit. The sprawling state, though full of adventure, leaves something to be desired in the way of creature comforts. Unless you are visiting one of the few-and-far-between municipalities, there is no fast food, no coffee shops and don’t even ask how much a gallon of milk costs.


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 […]


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