Coast Guard completes Arctic Shield 2013

Coast Guard completes Arctic Shield 2013
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard completed Arctic Shield 2013 after a successful summer season of sustained operations and outreach efforts in the Arctic region Friday. Arctic Shield focused on Western Alaska and the Bering Strait and consisted of a three-pronged approach of operations, outreach and an assessment of the Coast Guard’s capabilities in the Arctic. This regional operation aligns...

Coast Guard celebrates 223rd birthday, continues Arctic legacy

Coast Guard celebrates 223rd birthday, continues Arctic legacy
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard 17th District will celebrate the service’s 223rd birthday this weekend and will welcome the Coast Guard’s only operational heavy icebreaker to Juneau. The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, commanded by Capt. George Pellissier, completed its ice trials in the Arctic and tested the overall readiness of the icebreaker and its crew. “After a thorough and successful...

Coast Guard initiates Arctic Shield 2013

Coast Guard initiates Arctic Shield 2013
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard 17th District announced its Arctic Shield 2013 plans to protect the maritime community in the Arctic and to strengthen their partnerships with federal, state, local, tribal and community members Wednesday. “We are committed to having a sustained presence in the region,” said Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, commander, Coast Guard 17th District. “As the nation’s lead...