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Practice makes perfect for Air Station Kodiak rescue crews

The Coast Guard’s motto Semper Paratus means “always ready” and to be always ready, means to be proficient in craft, leadership and initiative. Members of Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak pride themselves on maintaining their proficiency in all aspects of […]


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Celebrating the Coast Guard’s 224th birthday on the Last Frontier

This week we celebrate the nation’s oldest continuous armed maritime service: the U.S. Coast Guard. On Jan. 4, 1790, the Second Congress of the United States, meeting in the City of New York put forward an act, “to provide more […]


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In the remotest of remote places

In the middle of the Bering Strait, where natives create rawhide ropes from bearded seals, airtight buoys from seal skin and harpoons using Baleen whale, rests Little Diomede Island. Less than three miles from the Russian border, this small, remote […]


Coast Guard icebreaker rescues man aboard sailboat trapped in Arctic ice

Stuck in the Arctic ice

The 24 hours of sunlight, enormous marine mammals and vast emptiness create an environment unlike any in the world. It’s no surprise, then, that the melting ice is enticing adventure seekers to experience the untouched frontier. As vessel traffic increases, […]


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Coast Guard Cutter Hickory conducts overhaul on main propulsion engine

By Ens. David Parker As part of an in-port maintenance period this week, the Homer based Coast Guard Cutter Hickory conducted a top end overhaul of the port-side main propulsion engine for the first time since the cutter was commissioned […]


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Lighting the Passage for 60 Years

If 60 years of sea duty is a long time, then 60 years of performing aids to navigation maintenance in Southeast Alaska qualifies as an eternity. Imagine working with wind whipping down the straits and narrows, with snow blowing so […]


Alaska's Coast Guard Auxiliary, volunteer lifesavers of The Last Frontier

Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates 75th anniversary

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a volunteer organization made up of more than 30,000 men and women across the U.S. with more than 420 members volunteering in the state of Alaska. Today, the Coast […]


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Coast Guard promotes safety among gold dredge operators

Alaska is well known for its wealth of resources. Fish, lumber and oil are only a few of the valuable commodities that have driven people to brave the challenging environment of the Last Frontier, but there is another hard sought […]


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The Coast Guard Cutter Maple returns to Sitka, Alaska

The Coast Guard Cutter Maple, a 225-foot buoy tender, returned to its home port in Sitka DATE after a three-month dry dock period in Seattle.The Maple crew began its multimillion-dollar overhaul for 109 vital projects on March 11 and concluded […]


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The Continuity of Command

There’s a lot of patriotic music. Flapping flags. A marching color guard. An honor platoon in the corner. More shiny pairs of shoes and sharp uniforms than you could count. A Coast Guard change of command, like many military ceremonies, […]


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