Alaska’s Coast Guard reservists: Worth their weight in gold

Living in Alaska takes grit. The sprawling state, though full of adventure, leaves something to be desired in the way of creature comforts. Unless you are visiting one of the few-and-far-between municipalities, there is no fast food, no coffee shops and don’t even ask how much a gallon of milk costs.

Next generation satellite communications system to see testing aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy during Arctic Shield 2014

COAST GUARD CUTTER HEALY, At Sea – From studying the effects of solar activity to improve radio transmissions to enhancing the capabilities of Automated Identification Systems, the importance of having a reliable communications infrastructure in the Arctic has not been […]

Coast Guard, Marine Exchange of Alaska partner to build next generation of Arctic navigation and safety information system

NOME, Alaska – Between the rough seas, weather and ice the Arctic Ocean can be a dangerous place for navigation. Mariners who plied its waters in the past had little to rely on but radio traffic and a keen eye […]

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR sits moored in Nome, Alaska during their Arctic Shield 2014 deployment. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

CGC SPAR returns home from Arctic deployment

In the era of diminishing Arctic sea ice, the U.S. Coast Guard continually strives to build awareness, modernize governance and broaden partnerships. On the forefront of these missions is the crew of Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, who returned recently from a 38 day deployment in support of Operation Arctic Shield 2014.

When the Coast Guard comes to town

At 165 degrees 25 minutes west longitude, Nome, Alaska, is about as west as a person can get on the North American continent. The city lives up to the location. Modern day prospectors toil for gold in the shadows of age-old mining dredges.

Coast Guard Research and Development Center tests Arctic communications modeling aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy

One of the unique challenges of operating in the Arctic is staying in touch. With enormous distances involved in traveling to high latitudes and the sparse population, communications is a challenge. Traditional radio circuits such as Very High Frequency and Ultra High Frequency require that the communicants be within radio line of sight with each other, which is why transmitters are frequently placed on radio towers, allowing VHF and UHF communications up to tens of miles.

Coast Guard Cutter Healy travels new waters of discovery

SEWARD, Alaska – The name “Healy” carries a lot of history in Alaska and the Arctic. It was Capt. Michael “Roaring Mike” Healy who spent 20 years as judge, doctor and policeman to Alaskan natives as a member of the […]

Coast Guard Research and Development Center teams with partner agencies for Arctic awareness

SEWARD, Alaska – For a second year, members of the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, based in New London, Connecticut, make their way to the large ice floes of the Arctic Ocean to conduct research and test new equipment […]

In the remotest of remote places

In the middle of the Bering Strait, where natives create rawhide ropes from bearded seals, airtight buoys from seal skin and harpoons using Baleen whale, rests Little Diomede Island. Less than three miles from the Russian border, this small, remote […]

Deck Division at anchor detail. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g Valdez.

Coast Guard Cutter Healy update: April 15, 2014

Hello friends and family! Welcome to the Coast Guard Cutter Healy blog! Or for those of you who have been following for our past deployment or two, welcome back! The ship completed its dockside maintenance period and has also completed […]

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