Lookouts of The Last Frontier

A rocket can blast to the next galaxy before a mariner catches sight of an island in The Last Frontier. You’re not in space. You’re on an Alaskan patrol.


Unit Spotlight: Marine Safety Unit Valdez

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez, Alaska, is located about 26 miles northeast of Bligh Reef, which is where the supertanker Exxon Valdez ran aground and spilled 11 million gallons of oil in Prince William Sound in 1989.


Coast Guard, State of Alaska celebrate 150 years of shared history

As Alaska celebrates its 150th birthday October 18, the Coast Guard is pleased to share in the festivities. Since the state’s purchase from Russia by the United States in 1867, the Coast Guard has maintained a constant presence in The Last Frontier, a shared history as complex as the service’s many missions.


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 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.


Coast Guard celebrates 227 years of service to the Nation

Coast Guard members from across Alaska share why they joined during this Coast Guard Day. Why did you join the Coast Guard?                                     […]


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 […]


Coast Guard Hero: Bailey T. Barco

Long before the crew of the Bailey Barco made their 7,130-mile transit from Key West, Florida, to reach their homeport of Ketchikan May 12, their cutter’s namesake, Bailey T. Barco, took command a century ago as a keeper at the Dam Neck Life-Saving Station in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


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