Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns home from Operation Deep Freeze 2020

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returns home from Operation Deep Freeze 2020
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star makes the final approach to moorings at Base Seattle, Wednesday, March 25.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Michael Clark) SEATTLE — The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returned Wednesday to their homeport of Seattle following a 123-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2020. This mission marks the Polar...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star completes Antarctic Treaty inspections and resupply mission

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star completes Antarctic Treaty inspections and resupply mission
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star moored in McMurdo, Antarctica. Coast Guard photograph by Senior Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica — The 159 crewmembers onboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) departed McMurdo Station Wednesday after escorting three refuel and resupply vessels and assisting with a five-day inspection of foreign research stations,...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrives in Antarctica

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrives in Antarctica
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jay Pioch prepares to pull Petty Officer 2nd Class Todd Nara from the water Jan. 19, 2020, about seven miles north of McMurdo Station, Antarctica, during ice rescue training. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Senior Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica – The 159 crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) arrived...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs for Operation Deep Freeze 2020

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs for Operation Deep Freeze 2020
Families of crewmembers aboard USCGC Polar Star (WAGB 10) watch as the vessel transits Elliott Bay en route to Antarctica, Nov. 26, 2019. The Polar Star, homported in Seattle, Washington, is the United States’ only heavy icebreaker. SEATTLE — The crew aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) departed Tuesday commencing their annual deployment to Antarctica where the cutter and...

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...