Innovation from a life at sea

From machinery technicians to boatswain’s mates, all have an equally important role in aids to navigation work. Known among mariners as ATON, it’s an integral part of living and working on a Coast Guard buoy tender in Alaska that consists […]


Coast Guard Cutter SPAR conducts winter patrol

During a recent winter patrol, the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crew stayed busy. We’d like to take you on their recent voyage around Kodiak Island. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crewmembers conducted a burial at sea near Kodiak, Alaska. Petty Officer 1st […]


Coast Guard, Alaska Wildlife Troopers team up to enforce maritime law near Kodiak, Alaska

Coast Guard law enforcement teams are trained in federal fisheries laws and inspect vessels to ensure compliance with fishing seasons, permit requirements, gear and catch restrictions, and landing quotas. While conducting this important maritime law enforcement mission in Chiniak and Marmot Bays near Kodiak, a boarding team from the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR recently discovered a pair of lingcod peeking out from under a tarp on the back deck of a vessel the team was inspecting.


Coast Guard Cutter SPAR forges bonds of goodwill during visit with Port Lions, Alaska, community

While servicing aids to navigation and conducting maritime law enforcement operations in Marmot Bay near Kodiak, Alaska, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR paid a visit to the native village of Port Lions, AK. This is believed to be the first visit by a Coast Guard cutter to the village since its establishment after the Good Friday earthquake of 1964.


D. Winifred Byrd and Julia Mosley stand proudly in front of a SPARs poster. African-American women were admitted into the SPARs in 1945. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

African-American History Month: SPAR

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is a sea-going buoy tender homeported in Kodiak, Alaska. Its name is in honor of the first women to join the Coast Guard Women’s Reserve created November 23, 1942, also known as the SPARs. It wasn’t until February of 1945 that the first African-American women were admitted into the Coast Guard and able to serve as SPARs.


CGC SPAR buoys waterways, tribal partnership near Bethel, Alaska

With ongoing missions throughout Alaska, it is important for Coast Guard members to understand the native cultures in Alaskan villages. With that in mind, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR took the opportunity to bring aboard Johnny Evan, president of the native village of Tuntutuliak and his grandson, Jaden Evan, during their recent trip to the Kuskokwim River. The village of Tuntutuliak is a small Yup’ik village, with a population of approximately 400, located southwest of Bethel.


Coast Guard women in pursuit of discovery, exploration and sailing on the open seas

March marks the month that the Coast Guard recognizes women of character who dedicate their time to the service. One such woman, Lt. Cmdr. Michele Schallip, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, a 225-foot buoy tender in Kodiak, […]


Coast Guard Cutter SPAR crew work aids, spreads holiday cheer to Old Harbor, Alaska

  By Petty Officer 1st Class Richard Quintana As December arrives and the darkest part of the year is upon us, SPAR’s crew conducted aids to navigation work, vocational outreach and spread holiday cheer throughout south Kodiak.   SPAR has made […]


Coast Guard Cutter SPAR conducts aids to nvigation work near Kodiak

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR back in action in Alaska

By Ensign Keith Arnold The crew of Coast Guard Cutter SPAR was underway for the first time in almost three months after a long dockside period at the end of October. During the first day underway, members of the crew […]


Shipmate of the Week – FS1 Brittany Smith

Courtesy Coast Guard Compass and Lt. Stephanie Young Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is a seagoing buoy tender that sails the waters of the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. The patrols are long, the work is hard and the days are cold. […]


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