CGC SPAR community relations.

Taking community relations to the “the Last Frontier”

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR recently deployed to the Arctic and Bering Sea in support of Operation Arctic Shield 2016. During the patrol, the cutter had the opportunity to carry out an often overlooked role of the Coast Guard in Alaska, community relations. It’s nearly impossible for those raised in the lower 48, where even the most rural areas are connected by highway and railroad to major cities and centers of production, to fully understand what life is like in remote Alaskan communities. The SPAR’s participation in this unique community relations role helped link these remote regions of “the Last Frontier” to the rest of the nation. Read the full story!


The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR moored at Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Home, sweet home

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR returned home to Kodiak on Nov. 29, 2015, after a nearly four-month deployment primarily for the purpose of completing about $1.7 million in much-needed maintenance and repair work.


Making connections with Ouzinkie community

SPAR regularly visits local villages in her area of responsibility to gather information on local needs and in support of Coast Guard District Seventeen’s goal of remaining connected to the communities they serve.


FS3 Justin Kennelly prepares Shrimp Etouffee aboard the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR at Base Kodiak, Alaska, Nov. 13, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

Cookin’ with Coasties: FS3 Justin Kennelly

Cooking in a galley can present its challenges. Deciding each recipe to make with the ingredients at hand, prepping numerous components and eventually preparing the actual meal three times a day, there’s a lot that goes into the final product. Now imagine doing all of that in 15-foot seas.


The 441-foot Russian freight vessel Simushir adrift after losing propulsion along the coastline of the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, with 11 personnel aboard and an estimated 168,000 gallons of fuel. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Adrift in Canadian waters

With Alaskan waters bordering Canada in both the north and south, it’s no surprise that the U.S. and Canadian coast guards work hand-in-hand, training together annually to respond to maritime emergencies. Unpredictable Arctic weather presents complex challenges, and both countries occasionally rely on one another to provide a helping hand.


The Coast Guard Cutter SPAR transits Cold Bay, Monday, May 28, 2012, in The Gulf of Alaska. The SPAR is a 225-foot buoy tender stationed in Kodiak, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Justin Hergert.

CGC SPAR supports “Kids Don’t Float”

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR took time from servicing aids to navigation Tuesday to visit the isolated community of Ouzinkie, Alaska, on the south side of Spruce Island just north of Kodiak to support the “Kids Don’t Float” campaign.


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.


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 […]


SPAR Operation Arctic Shield 2013: Week 4

Story by Seaman George Benjamin Week four of SPAR’s Arctic trip is winding down after a successful few weeks of servicing aids to navigation, law enforcement boardings, homeland secruity patrols, an international exercise with the Candaian coast guard, and a […]


SPAR Operation Arctic Shield 2013: Week 3

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR stayed as busy as usual during the third week of their Arctic Shield 2013 deployment. Operations ranged from safety boardings on makeshift dredging vessels in Nome, Alaska, to damage control drills and […]


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