Final voyage from the Last Frontier; Coast Guard Cutter Long Island departs Alaska after 23 years of Coast Guard service

It was a comfortable 48 degrees in Valdez, Alaska, the day the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Long Island departed from their home pier as calm seas and light showers welcomed them into Prince William Sound one last time.

After 23 years of service in the Coast Guard, the Long Island was setting out on its final voyage, a journey from its homeport of the last 12 years to the Coast Guard’s shipyard in Baltimore, Md.


Coast Guardsmen live, work in the snowiest city in America

The city of Valdez, Alaska, is so small one can walk from end to end in about 15 minutes. With the backdrop of the majestic Chugach Mountains, Valdez is touted the snowiest city in America by NOAA and The Weather […]


Coast Guard, state, industry prepare for the worst with 48-hour spill response exercise

A tank vessel strikes a barge in southern Prince William Sound. A report comes in that more than one million gallons of oil have spilled and spread across the waters of the Sound. Hundreds of personnel and response vessels need […]


Cutter crew completes patrol, training in Alaska winter conditions

The Coast Guard Cutter Long Island, homeported in Valdez, is one of seven 110-foot Island Class patrol boats stationed throughout Alaska. The crews’ are typically underway for a total of 185 days a year and their primary missions include search […]