Lt. Paul Johansen stands in front of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter in Alaska.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Paul Johansen

It’s a story that sounds as if it were pulled right from the movies. High winds, rough seas, a rescue helicopter low on fuel and a crew determined to save a life. But the danger was real for the Kodiak, Alaska-based Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew on a mission to save the life of a cargo vessel crewman.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Warner, a rescue swimmer at Air Station Kodiak, performs an ice rescue during training at Upper 6 Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 17, 2016. During the training, members from Air Station Kodiak, Sector Anchorage and the National Ice Rescue School in Essexville, Michigan, worked together to perform ice rescues from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning

Coast Guard rescuers train on thin ice

While ice rescue training is not unfamiliar to Coast Guard members in cold climates like Alaska, incorporating air rescue added a new element for these crews. Members from Air Station Kodiak, Sector Anchorage and the National Ice Rescue School in Essexville, Michigan, teamed up to perform ice rescues from an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at Upper 6 Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. For the participating members it was an experience that brought new elements into their normal training evolutions.


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Veterans Day 2015: The Rescue Pilot

When we left off, Coast Guard Lt. Robert “Rip” Emerson was asking Adm. Chester W. Nimitz for appointment to fighter pilot school.


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The Last Frontier: First Rescue Flight

On July 17, 2015, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Reed, an avionics electrical technician at Air Station Sitka, embarked on his first search and rescue case since joining the Coast Guard in September of 2008. At around 2 pm, Air Station Sitka was notified of a plane crash in the vicinity of Point Couverden, north of Sitka—Flight 202.


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The Last Frontier: Team Sitka

Coming from two completely different worlds, in terms of training and daily operations, it’s the ability to help each other accomplish their missions that make the two units a perfect match. As long as they’re able to safeguard mariners in Southeast Alaska, everyone is happy.


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Heroism in the face of danger

In the midst of a severe winter storm, Nov. 12, 2012, a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew deployed aboard the San Diego-based Coast Guard Cutter Sherman sat vigilant, ready to respond should they be called on […]


A mariner aboard the 37-foot pleasure craft Mystery Lady hauls in a line tossed to him by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island during a rescue near Seward, Alaska, Oct. 24, 2013. Coast Guard units responded to the Mystery Lady after it lost power and began drifting dangerously close to a rocky mountainside. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Long Island.

Rescue of two mariners proves proficiency pays off

  Towing disabled and adrift vessels is a routine procedure for Coast Guard boat crews, but even this seemingly simple task can prove to be as perilous as it is common in the Coast Guard’s ongoing mission to rescue lives […]


Good Samaritans aboard the 98-foot Seattle-based fishing vessel Aleutian Beauty, responding to a Coast Guard issued urgent marine information broadcast, rescue five uninjured fishermen from a life raft in the Bering Sea off the Alaskan coast Oct. 20, 2013. The mariners set off their emergency position indicating radio beacon, prompting a Coast Guard response, and abandoned ship into the life raft from the 59-foot Kodiak-based fishing vessel Western Venture after it caught fire 69 miles west of Adak. U.S. Coast Guard video by Air Station Kodiak.

Rescue highlights the importance of being prepared for worst case scenarios in Alaskan waters

Anyone who has plied the waters of Alaska can attest to the many dangers facing mariners, and the rescue of five crewmen aboard the fishing vessel Western Venture, Oct. 20, has cast new light upon the importance of being prepared […]


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Coast Guard rescues three duck hunters near Whittier, Alaska

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island and a good Samaritan vessel rescued three members of a duck hunting expedition Saturday in Harrison Lagoon near Whittier. Two of the hunters overturned their canoe while trying to retrieve a […]