Seattle-based Coast Guard Polar icebreaker returns home following Antarctic mission

Seattle-based Coast Guard Polar icebreaker returns home following Antarctic mission
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a 399-foot heavy icebreaker, is escorted by the crew of the Westrac II, a 73-foot towing vessel, as they moor to Pier 66 in Seattle, March 17, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross. SEATTLE — Families and friends welcomed home the crew of the Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, following a 107-day deployment...

Coast Guard Polar icebreaker to return home following Antarctic mission

Coast Guard Polar icebreaker to return home following Antarctic mission
SEATTLE — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is returning home Friday from an expedition to Antarctica where they supported Operation Deep Freeze 2017, the U.S. military’s component of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. Polar Star’s crew facilitated the annual resupply and refueling of two research stations, McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole, by escorting...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrives at McMurdo Station, Antarctica
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star operates near two seals off the shore of Antarctica, Jan. 16, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived at the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station Tuesday after cutting a resupply channel through more than 60 miles of Antarctic ice...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star holds change-of-command ceremony

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star holds change-of-command ceremony
Capt. Michael Davanzo and Capt. Matthew Walker shake hands after Davanzo relieved Walker of command of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star July 14, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross. SEATTLE — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star held a change-of-command Thursday at Coast Guard Base Seattle followed by a retirement ceremony for the departing commanding...

Commandant to recognize Coast Guardsmen who used ingenuity to fix cutter, save mission

Commandant to recognize Coast Guardsmen who used ingenuity to fix cutter, save mission
SEATTLE – The Coast Guard’s top officer will recognize three local Coast Guardsmen for their quick-thinking and ingenuity that helped save the mission of the nation’s only heavy icebreaker during a recent deployment to Antarctica Thursday at 9:30 a.m. U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft will visit with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, currently in dry dock at Vigor...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returning home following Antarctic rescue

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returning home following Antarctic rescue
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star sits on the ice in the Ross Sea near Antarctica while underway in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2015, Jan. 9, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener)ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, the nation’s only operational heavy icebreaker, is scheduled to return Seattle after a 101-day Antarctic deployment...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star crew rescues 26 people trapped by Antarctic ice

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star crew rescues 26 people trapped by Antarctic ice
ALAMEDA, Calif. – A fishing vessel trapped in Antarctic ice 900-miles northeast of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, for nearly two weeks is free following an international rescue operation that ended successfully Sunday at approximately 8 p.m. The Australian-flagged fishing vessel Antarctic Chieftain was rescued by the 150-person crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star. The rescue operation spanned...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star frees vessel from Antarctic ice, tows it to open water

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star frees vessel from Antarctic ice, tows it to open water
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star freed the fishing vessel Antarctic Chieftain Friday night that was beset in ice approximately 900 miles northwest of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. After meeting with the 207-foot fishing vessel, the crew of Polar Star took the Antarctic Chieftain in a stern tow. The vessels are surrounded by 12 to 15 feet thick ice covered with...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star on scene with fishing vessel that’s stuck in the ice

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star on scene with fishing vessel that's stuck in the ice
ALAMEDA, Calif. – A U.S. Coast Guard crew is on scene with the 207-foot fishing vessel that is beset in ice approximately 900 miles northeast of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. After traveling more than 430 miles, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star has reached the crew of the Australian-flagged fishing vessel, Antarctic Chieftain, who contacted Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand Tuesday...