Nation’s only heavy icebreaker returns home following 105-day Antarctic trip

Nation's only heavy icebreaker returns home following 105-day Antarctic trip
The crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a 399-foot Heavy Icebreaker pull into Coast Guard Base Seattle, March 11, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross. SEATTLE — The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returned Monday to their homeport of Seattle following a 105-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze. Operation...

Passing the watch in a Coast Guard family

Passing the watch in a Coast Guard family
Master Chief Petty Officer Buddy Gilbert embraces his son Seaman Apprentice Tyler Gilbert at Buddy’s retirement ceremony in Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Florida, March 1, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Micallef by PA1 Michael De Nyse A military retirement ceremony encapsulates a member’s career and marks the start of a new chapter in life. As military members,...

Fire breaks out on Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star 650 miles north of Antarctica

Fire breaks out on Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star 650 miles north of Antarctica
Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star crew members fight a fire that broke out in the ship’s incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica February 10, 2019. ALAMEDA, Calif. — The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star fought a fire at approximately 9 p.m. PST Feb. 10 that broke out in the ship’s incinerator room about 650 miles north of McMurdo Sound,...

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...

United States’ lone heavy icebreaker begins Antarctic deployment

United States’ lone heavy icebreaker begins Antarctic deployment
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arriving in Honolulu. U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle. HONOLULU — The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived Tuesday in Pearl Harbor to make final preparations before sailing to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2019. The 42-year-old Coast Guard cutter is the United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker. The crew...

Cutter Healy returns home following 129-day Arctic deployment

Cutter Healy returns home following 129-day Arctic deployment
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20), a polar-class ice breaker, transits Southeast Alaskan waters Nov. 24, 2018. The Healy is one of two ice breakers in U.S. service. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Kellen Browne. SEATTLE – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy returned home Friday to their homeport in Seattle following a four-month deployment in the Arctic. In addition to providing presence...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns home after six months in dry dock

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns home after six months in dry dock
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star steams across Elliot Bay. (U.S. Coast Guard file photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George Degener) SEATTLE — Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived home to Seattle Wednesday following a six-month maintenance period at Mare Island Dry Dock in Vallejo, California. The 42-year-old icebreaker received extensive repairs and upgrades to engineering and electronic...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star changes command

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star changes command
Coast Guard Capt. Gregory Stanclik relieved Capt. Michael Davanzo as commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star VALLEJO, Calif. — Command of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star changed hands June 15, 2018 during a change-of-command ceremony at the Mare Island Museum in Vallejo. Coast Guard Capt. Gregory Stanclik relieved Capt. Michael Davanzo as commanding officer of the Coast Guard...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns from Operation Deep Freeze

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns from Operation Deep Freeze
Friends and family members wait for the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star while the vessel is moored at Base Seattle, March 16, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi. SEATTLE — The crew aboard the United States’ only heavy icebreaker, Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, returned home Friday to Seattle after supporting Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica, the U.S....