Coast Guard commences Operation Coal Shovel

Coast Guard commences Operation Coal Shovel
File photo of the Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay breaking ice during Operation Coal Shovel 2014. DETROIT – The U.S. Coast Guard began Operation Coal Shovel on Monday, January 10, 2022. Operation Coal Shovel is the domestic ice-breaking operation with an area of responsibility spanning from southern Lake Huron, to Lake St. Clair, to the St. Clair / Detroit River system and into Lake Erie and Lake Ontario...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs Seattle bound for Antarctica

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs Seattle bound for Antarctica
A family member of a Coast Guardsman aboard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB-10) waves as the cutter departs Seattle Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark) SEATTLE – The United States’ only heavy icebreaker departed its homeport in Seattle Saturday with a crew of 159 U.S. Coast Guard men and women and is heading toward Antarctica. This year marks Coast...

Coast Guard Cutter Liberty crew holds change-of-command ceremony

Coast Guard Cutter Liberty crew holds change-of-command ceremony
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. George T. Greendyk (left) shakes hands with Lt. Cmdr. Christopher S. Marquis (right), during a change-of-command ceremony held in Juneau on July 13th, 2021. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo. JUNEAU, Alaska – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Liberty (WPB 1334) hosted a change-of-command ceremony in Juneau, Tuesday. Capt. Darwin A. Jensen, Sector Juneau commander, presided...

Coast Guard continues ice breaking operations throughout Northeast

Coast Guard continues ice breaking operations throughout Northeast
Coast Guard Cutter Penobscot Bay  conducts icebreaking operations in support of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (OPRENEW) on the Hudson River, January 30, 2021. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Pappaly BOSTON — The Coast Guard is continuing ice breaking operations as colder temperatures and winter weather impact waterways throughout the Northeast. The ice breaking...

Polar Star arrives in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for first visit since 2013

Polar Star arrives in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, for first visit since 2013
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10), transits the Chukchi Sea, in the Arctic, at noon Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Oldham. BERING SEA – The Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) arrived in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Tuesday, for a logistics stop 30 days into a months-long Arctic deployment to protect the nation’s maritime...

Coast Guard Northeast ice breaking season underway

Coast Guard Northeast ice breaking season underway
A boatcrew from Aids To Navigation Team Long Island Sound navigates the Connecticut River in support of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (RENEW) near Haddam, Conn., Dec. 19, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Katie Loudermilk) BOSTON — The Coast Guard has launched its ice breaking season, as winter’s cold temperatures are anticipated to impact every port,...

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...