Master Chief Petty Officer Brett Verhulst, 17th District command master chief, addresses the crowd of The Patrol Boat Roundup attendees at the conclusion of the week’s events during a morale BBQ. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Patrol Boat Roundup 2015

The 110-foot Island-class patrol boats of Sector Juneau descended upon Ketchikan, Alaska, to participate in this year’s annual Patrol Boat Roundup. Unlike other cutter roundups of the Last Frontier, the focus for the crews of the cutters Liberty, Chandeleur, Naushon and Anacpa was less on competition and more on education and teamwork.

The Coast Guard Cutter Farallon rests at a pier in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, June 14, 2015. The stop in Cabo San Lucas was one of eight port calls the crew made on their journey to Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo

USCGC Farallon trades tropical beaches for Arctic breezes

After more than 9,000 miles and 46 days underway, the 110-foot Coast Guard Cutter Farallon finally arrived at its new homeport in Valdez, Alaska, July 13, 2015.

Family members wave as the Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island departs Homer, Alaska, for the last time, June 10, 2015. The cutter is transiting to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, to be decommissioned. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Aleksander Kay

Roanoke Island rendezvous with retirement

The Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island shrinks toward the horizon as family members gather on the pier to wave goodbye to the crew and cutter. After 23 years of excellent service, the Roanoke Island is making its final departure from Homer, Alaska.

June 10, 2015, the 110-foot cutter began the journey that marked the end of its Coast Guard career. The island-class patrol boat will travel to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland, where it is scheduled to be decommissioned.