Cruisin’ safely on Alaskan seas

Alaska’s untamed wilderness, amazing ecology and rich cultural history has drawn the attention of explorers, tourists and retirees for decades. In 2016, the Alaska Cruise Association estimated more than one million cruise ship passengers visited Alaska fueling the state’s economy […]


Unit Spotlight: “Bulldog of the Bering” Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley

Known as the “Bulldog of the Bering,” the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley is 238-feet of heavy steel defending Alaskan and Arctic waters and protecting the lives of sailors braving those tumultuous seas.


Skimming the surface of Arctic oil recovery

By Petty Officer 2nd Class Meredith Manning The chances of oil spills become more likely as permanent sea ice diminishes in the Arctic and maritime activity increases. As the federal response agency for offshore spills, the Coast Guard is exploring […]


We're thankful for the opportunity to work every day with great people who carry out Coast Guard missions in support of Alaska and our nation. Happy Thanksgiving! - RADM Michael McAllister, commander, Seventeenth District

What are you thankful for? Coast Guard members serving in Alaska share their Thanksgiving Day thoughts

Coast Guard members from throughout Alaska shared what they are thankful for during this holiday season. What are you thankful for?


Lessons in LeadHERship

Coast Guard members from throughout Alaska arrived to the 17th District offices in Juneau for a conference to discuss leadership, issues and concerns facing women in the service March 24.


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.


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.


Celebrating Coast Guard Reserve history: 75th anniversary of the “Auxiliary and Reserve Act of 1941”

February 19 marks the diamond anniversary for the Coast Guard Reserve, founded as part of the Auxiliary and Reserve Act of 1941. For 75 years Coast Guard Reserve members have served along side the active duty force in every major conflict, or crisis, this nation has faced.


African American History Month: Food Service Specialist 2nd Class Lee Johnson

Every February, the Coast Guard joins the nation in celebrating African American History Month. From Alex Haley to Jacob Lawrence, African American Coast Guardsmen have contributed to both their communities and the arts. At Marine Safety Office Valdez, Alaska, Petty Officer 2nd Class Lee Johnson continues that proud tradition for both the service and his family by pursuing the culinary arts.


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