The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick (WPC-1121) is the first fast response cutter to be stationed in Alaska after its crew completed the 6,200-mile journey from the shipyards of Louisiana to reach their homeport in Ketchikan.
Written by: Ensign Hailey Thompson The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick took quite an adventure leading up to their commissioning in Ketchikan, Alaska, April 12. In Oct. 2016, the crew traveled to the Bollinger Shipyards, in Lockport, […]
The need for engineering support in The Last Frontier was first established when the U.S. Lighthouse Service was incorporated into the United States Coast Guard in 1939. Twelve operating light stations in the Southeast represented prominent infrastructure in the settlement […]
For the third year in a row, American300, a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering resiliency among United States Armed Forces members, visited the Coast Guard men and women of Ketchikan, Alaska, and, this year, they brought along someone who knows all about overcoming adversity.
Flying into Juneau, Alaska, nearly 3,000 miles from his office in Washington, D.C., Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell got a firsthand taste of Alaska’s winter weather. Buffeted by fierce mountains winds and driving snow, the plane Cantrell rode in from Sitka is denied a chance to land on the frozen runway, and boosts off for a second attempt.
The sweet smell of barbeque permeates the air as people venture into the room. The first few arrivals hesitate at seeing the vast space with a dozen empty tables; slowly the sound of light chatter fills the area as more […]
Alaska! It is a land of wonder and grandeur, a land steeped in beautiful vistas and peppered with native communities each is as distinct as they are unique from each other. Knowing these communities, their people and their unique cultures […]
Normally, when a vessel finds its way out of the water and onto land, it is not a good thing. However, from time to time purposefully lifting a boat out of the water to take a look at the otherwise […]
During the life of a Coast Guard cutter, there are continual updates and preventative maintenance requirements preformed to ensure the vessel is ready to respond when called upon. However, despite the dedicated efforts of the ship’s crew to maintain the […]
In Alaska’s Gateway Borough is the city of Ketchikan. Ketchikan is a city with a population of more than 8,000 people with an economy based on fishing and tourism. During the busy tourist summer season, it is not uncommon for […]