The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple follows the crew of Canadian Coast Guard Icebreaker Terry Fox through the icy waters of Franklin Strait, in Nunavut Canada, August 11, 2017. The Canadian Coast Guard assisted Maple's crew by breaking and helping navigate through ice during several days of Maple's 2017 Northwest Passage transit. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Allies in the Arctic

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Maple arrived to Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, Tuesday, after a journey of more than 7,000 miles through the Arctic from Sitka, Alaska.

Cutter Maple spent 27 days above the Arctic Circle, first navigating Alaskan waters then through the Arctic to the Atlantic Ocean. Coincidently, the summer of 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the Coast Guard’s first Northwest Passage expedition that departed Seattle, Washington, July 1, 1957.


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.


The 441-foot Russian freight vessel Simushir adrift after losing propulsion along the coastline of the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, with 11 personnel aboard and an estimated 168,000 gallons of fuel. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Adrift in Canadian waters

With Alaskan waters bordering Canada in both the north and south, it’s no surprise that the U.S. and Canadian coast guards work hand-in-hand, training together annually to respond to maritime emergencies. Unpredictable Arctic weather presents complex challenges, and both countries occasionally rely on one another to provide a helping hand.


Coast Guard Cutter SPAR in Victoria, B.C.

U.S., Canadian coast guards celebrate partnership, ATON

A spirit of partnership and camaraderie was in the air at the 2012 Canadian coast guard professional development week in Victoria, British Columbia. In addition to four Canadian coast guard cutters, the event was attended by Coast Guard Cutter SPAR […]