Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker to deploy to the Arctic this winter

Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker to deploy to the Arctic this winter
Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star file photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB-10) will deploy to the Arctic this winter to help protect the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security in the region. The United States is an Arctic nation, and the Coast Guard has served as the lead federal agency for homeland security, safety, and environmental...

Coast Guard Cutter Healy suffers fire, propulsion failure en route to Arctic

Coast Guard Cutter Healy suffers fire, propulsion failure en route to Arctic
Coast Guard Cutter Healy file photo by Lt. Kellen Browne. ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) suffered a fire in one of the ship’s main propulsion motors Aug. 18 while underway for operations in the Arctic. No injuries were reported. The Healy was 60 nautical miles off of Seward, Alaska, en route to the Arctic when an electrical fire was reported at 9:30 p.m. A fire team...

Coast Guard to break ice on the Kennebec River

Coast Guard to break ice on the Kennebec River
Coast Guard Cutter Bridle file photo by Chief Petty Officer Marc Moore PORTLAND, Maine — Crews from Coast Guard Sector Northern New England are scheduled to conduct ice breaking operations in the main channel of the Kennebec River from Merrymeeting Bay to Gardiner, Maine, beginning Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020. The purpose of this operation is to reduce the risk of flooding as snow and river ice begin...

Coast Guard 2020 icebreaking season starts

Coast Guard 2020 icebreaking season starts
Coast Guard Cutter Bridle file photo by Chief Petty Officer Marc Moore BOSTON — The Coast Guard launched its ice breaking season Monday, as winter’s cold temperatures are anticipated to impact every port, waterway, and harbor in the Northeast. Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (OpRENEW) is the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security,...

Coast Guard to open Polar Security Cutter Project Resident Office in Pascagoula

Coast Guard to open Polar Security Cutter Project Resident Office in Pascagoula
Artist rendering of the VT Halter Polar Security Cutter design. Illustration Credits: VT Halter Marine / Designer: Technology Associates, Inc. PASCAGOULA, MISS. – Representatives from the Coast Guard Acquisitions Program are scheduled to preside over a ribbon cutting ceremony, Wednesday, which will formally open the Polar Security Cutter Project Resident Office in Pascagoula. The Project Resident...

Coast Guard announces homeport of newest Polar Security Cutter

Coast Guard announces homeport of newest Polar Security Cutter
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard today announced that Seattle, Wash. will be the home of the service’s new Polar Security Cutters. “I am pleased to announce that Seattle, Washington will be the home of the Coast Guard’s new Polar Security Cutters,” said Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. “The Pacific Northwest has been the home of our icebreaking fleet since 1976,...

Coast Guard continues to break ice on Penobscot River to start on the Kennebec River

Coast Guard continues to break ice on Penobscot River to start on the Kennebec River
Coast Guard Cutter Bridle file photo by Chief Petty Officer Marc Moore) BOSTON – The Coast Guard urges the public to remove all ice fishing shacks as soon as safely possible from the Kennebec River as the Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations Thursday. Crews of four Coast Guard ice-breakers are scheduled to begin the operation known as “Spring Breakout” to reduce the risk of...

Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker arrives at Antarctica

Coast Guard's only heavy icebreaker arrives at Antarctica
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound in support of Operation Deep Freeze.  U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. ALAMEDA, Calif. – The 150 crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived Thursday in Antarctica along with a resupply vessel during Operation Deep Freeze – a joint military service mission to resupply U.S. interests in...

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations in the Western Great Lakes

Coast Guard begins ice breaking operations in the Western Great Lakes
Coast Guard Cutter Mackiaw File Photo SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite, the Coast Guard’s largest domestic icebreaking operation, Monday, in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of Western Lake Superior and the St. Marys River. Operation Taconite encompasses Lake Superior, St. Marys River, Straits of Mackinac, Georgian...