The Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick tests its speed while transiting to Ketchikan, Alaska.

Coast Guard’s newest FRC brings its capabilities to Ketchikan

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.


Crew of the Coast Guard cutter John McCormick man the rails as they make their way to Ketchikan, Alaska.

From Bayou to Borough, FRC John McCormick comes to 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, […]


Members of CEU Juneau pose for a group photo commemorating 25 years of service to Alaska.

Unit Spotlight: Civil Engineering Unit Juneau

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 […]


Former POW Maj. Gen. Ed Mechenbier, USAF, ret., shares leadership perspectives with Chief Warrant Officer David Dixon, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Anthony Petit during an American300 visit to Ketchikan, Alaska, Jan. 20, 2015. Mechenbier overcame being held captive for two years while fighting in North Vietnam and uses his experience to teach Armed Forces members about perseverance. Photo courtesy of American300.

Former POW shares never say die attitude with Alaska Coast Guard

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.


Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven W. Cantrell speaks to members of Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, during an all-hands, Jan. 9, 2015. Cantrell ended a weeklong tour at the air station after traveling across Alaska, visiting units throughout the state to discuss important topics concerning Coast Guard personnel. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker)

The Last Frontier: Senior Enlisted Leadership

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.


Country music artist Lucas Hoge sings with children during an American300 and United Service Organization tour at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, Alaska, May 24, 2014. The tour was held to motivate and honor service members, veterans and their families. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings.

Bringing morale to Coast Guard members in Alaska: Country-style

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 […]


Response members fight wind and waves while trying to deploy oil spill containment boom around a vessel at anchor in the Metlakatla, Alaska, harbor April 25, 2013.  Personnel from the 17th District Response Advisory Team and Marine Safety Detachment Ketchikan coordinated the oil spill response exercise with the Metlakatla Indian Community, which is located on Annette Island in Southeast Alaska. Photo by George Mahoney.

Fostering relationships through emergency response

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 […]


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High and Dry: Coast Guard Cutter Anacapa undergoes maintenance period

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 […]


The Homer-based Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island sits in the Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, Alaska, dry dock while it undergoes needed maintenance Sept. 24, 2012.  The dry dock at the base is the only Coast Guard owned facility on the west coast dedicated to the maintenance of the 110-foot Island Class patrol boat.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

Cutter crew maintains operational readiness

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 this photo illustration (no parking sign added) the floating pier that will become the new home of the Coast Guard Cutter Chandeleur is shared with the Coast Guard Cutter Naushon at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, Alaska, Sept. 24, 2012.  The Cutter Chandeleur, a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat named after Chandeleur Island off the coast of Louisiana, is being moved to Ketchikan from its former homeport of Miami. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 1st Class David Mosley.

Alaska Coast Guard unit maintains professional excellence and a gateway to the future

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 […]


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