Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star develops next generation of Arctic leaders

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star develops next generation of Arctic leaders
The Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is at anchor in Puget Sound Monday, December 7, 2020 ahead of the crew’s months-long deployment to the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer First Class Cynthia Oldham. Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Cynthia Oldham The Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, the nation’s sole heavy icebreaker, is making its way north for the ship’s...

Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker departs for Arctic deployment

Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker departs for Arctic deployment
With Mt. Baker in the background, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB-10) transits Puget Sound north of Seattle on Dec. 4, 2020.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier) SEATTLE – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) departed Friday for a months-long deployment to the Arctic to protect the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region. The...

Coast Guard concludes Operation Arctic Shield 2020

Coast Guard concludes Operation Arctic Shield 2020
Coast Guard Cutter Healy file photo by Lt. Kellen Browne. JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard concluded its annual Arctic Shield operations Sunday with the seasonal closure of its Forward Operating Location in Kotzebue, Alaska. Air Station Kodiak air crews and two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters were forward deployed to Kotzebue to provide better response times and coverage to remote regions of Alaska during...

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 Cutter Healy returns home following 3-month Arctic deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Healy returns home following 3-month Arctic deployment
A crew member embraces a loved one after Coast Guard Cutter Healy returns to homeport in Seattle, Washington on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark. SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB 20) returned home Saturday to Seattle following a three-month deployment to the Arctic in support of Coast Guard operations and multiple scientific research...

Coast Guard icebreaker to return home following Arctic deployment

Coast Guard icebreaker to return home following Arctic deployment
Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB 20) crewmembers conduct ice rescue training before establishing an ice station while operating in the Arctic Ocean, Sept. 18, 2019.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Trevor Layman. SEATTLE — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) is scheduled to return home Saturday to Seattle following a three-month deployment to the Arctic in support of Coast Guard operations and...

Coast Guard Cutter Healy gets underway for months-long Arctic patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Healy gets underway for months-long Arctic patrol
A crewmember aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy handles a line in preparation to get underway from their pier in Seattle on July 22, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Steve Strohmaier) SEATTLE — Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) departed for a months-long deployment to the Arctic Ocean on Monday. The cutter will support multiple science missions, as well as Operation Arctic...

Coast Guard Cutter Healy holds change of command ceremony

Coast Guard Cutter Healy holds change of command ceremony
Capt. Mary Ellen J. Durley shakes hands with Capt. Greg B. Tlapa following the Coast Guard Cutter Healy’s change of command ceremony presided over by Vice Adm. Linda L. Fagan, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, in Seattle, June 19, 2019.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ens. Sam Wood. SEATTLE – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy received a new commanding officer Wednesday following a change-of-command...

Coast Guard conducts long-range medevac near St. Paul, Alaska

Coast Guard conducts long-range medevac near St. Paul, Alaska
Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter file photo by PA1 Kurt Fredrickson KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medevaced a man from a commercial fishing vessel approximately 100 miles north of St. Paul, Alaska, Sunday. The crew hoisted and transported a 63-year-old crew member from the 147-foot Blue Attu to awaiting Guardian emergency flight services personnel...