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 […]

Petty Officer 3rd Class Abel Marquez, a crewmember at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, participates in firearms training on an Army simulator at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson. The laser-based simulator provides the marksman with an approximation of the weapon’s sound, weight and recoil. U.S. Coast Guard photo illustration by Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning

Coast Guard sights in on Army’s firearms simulator

Crewmembers from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, had the opportunity to conduct training at the Army’s firearms simulator at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Although Coast Guard members participate in similar training upon joining the Coast Guard, most units solely use live-fire ranges to practice and qualify as marksmen.

Coast Guard smallboat crews train for hot pursuit in Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Small boat pursuit training allows the coxswain and crew members of a small boat to work together in a close quarters situation with another boat at high speeds where extreme precision and teamwork are crucial. This simulates a vessel that is not following a lawful order to stop and trains the crew members in tactics to pursue and stop the vessel. Smallboat crews from the Munro spent time in the classroom before taking their smallboats in the water around Dutch Harbor to gain valuable hands-on experience.

Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang fight a fire during training at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center’s fire trainer in Seward, Alaska, January 6, 2016. The fire trainer allowed the crewmembers to experience fighting a fire first hand. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Fire! Fire! Fire! CGC Mustang crew trains for flames

Coast Guard crewmembers routinely train to respond to emergency situations they may encounter while underway. Fire aboard a cutter can cause mass casualties or total loss of the vessel, but proper training can help crewmembers to quickly and safely save lives and the ship.

The Last Frontier: Tactical Coxswain

One of Coast Guard Station Juneau’s two 45-foot Response Boats – Medium pulls away from the station’s pier and jets off across the city’s busy little harbor. Petty Officer 1st Class Brett Reilly, the station’s operations officer, test the engines and then lets the boat idle in the rain.

PREP-ed for Action: USCG, partners test contingency response plans in Sitka, Alaska

Alaska can present many challenges for response agencies in times of crisis, and plans for how to remove or prevent the spread of pollution are becoming increasingly important as the state sees more maritime traffic through its ports and waterways. That’s why the Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and the city and borough of Sitka came together with several state, local and federal agencies as well as industry members to conduct the 2015 Southeast Alaska Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Full- Scale Exercise in Sitka, Alaska, Apr. 22-23.

School’s in session for Coast Guard Sector Anchorage law enforcement academy

Warm weather and only slightly less freezing waters are sure signs that summer has once again returned to Alaska and for the Coast Guard that usually means business is about to pick up. The return of the midnight sun means the return of recreational boaters and the potential for trouble which is why Coast Guard members from Sector Anchorage met April 13-17 to hone the skills they’ll need to safely conduct boarding operations throughout the busy season.

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.

Response training on the Last Frontier

Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and city of Unalaska personnel participated in Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 in Unalaska, Alaska, Sept. 24-25, 2014. Aleutians PREP Exercise 2014 is a full-scale, government-led, multi-agency exercise designed to evaluate the capabilities of federal, state and local responders.

Preparing for dangerous cargo

As enforcers of America’s maritime laws, Coast Guard boarding teams are typically associated with images of drug and migrant interdiction, monitoring fisheries and boating safety. However, as defenders of U.S. ports and harbors, Coast Guard members must also be prepared to respond to more dire threats to the nation’s security.

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