Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs Australia, bound for Antarctica

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs Australia, bound for Antarctica
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) crew hosts guests for a reception aboard the cutter in Hobart, Tasmania, Dec. 18, 2022.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Aidan Cooney) HOBART, Australia — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) crew departed Hobart, December 21, 2022, to begin their journey across the Southern Ocean en route to Antarctica in support of...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star visits Australia on way to McMurdo Station

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star visits Australia on way to McMurdo Station
Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) moors to a fuel pier in Sydney, Dec. 12, 2022.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Aidan Cooney) SYDNEY — The United States Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10), the nation’s only operational heavy icebreaker, made a scheduled port call, Thursday, in Chowder Bay, Australia. The Polar Star’s Chowder Bay port call is part of the...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs Seattle; bound for Antarctica

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs Seattle; bound for Antarctica
The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) and crew departs Seattle Nov. 16, 2022. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark) SEATTLE – The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) and crew departed Seattle, Wednesday, and is scheduled to transit to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze. Operation Deep Freeze is an annual joint military mission to resupply the United...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star holds change-of-command

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star holds change-of-command
Capts. Keith Ropella and William Woityra shake hands at the completion of the change of command ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WGAB 10) in Vallejo, Calif., July 11, 2022.  U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Ens. Katharina Commins. VALLEJO, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) held a change of command ceremony Monday at the Maritime Museum in Vallejo. Vice Adm. Andrew...

Helping Hands: Coast Guard Auxiliarists assist Polar Star’s galley

Helping Hands: Coast Guard Auxiliarists assist Polar Star’s galley
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarists Samantha Logue (left), Miranda Henry (middle) and Lisa Hickman (right) stand in front of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10)’s galley emblem while underway in Antarctica. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diolanda Caballero) The galley is the backbone of a working ship. U.S. Coast Guard culinary specialists are the unsung heroes of any cutter....

Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker returns after Antarctic deployment

Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker returns after Antarctic deployment
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) passes Alcatraz as the cutter transits the San Francisco Bay, April 4, 2022.  Photo by Sachiko Itagaki. ALAMEDA, Calif. — The 140-member crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) returned to the United States and entered dry dock Friday after completing a 147-day deployment in support of the U.S. Antarctic Program and national interests...

Polar Star reaches southernmost navigable waters on Earth

Polar Star reaches southernmost navigable waters on Earth
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) transits away from the ice shelf near the Bay of Whales, Antarctica, Feb. 17, 2022. Polar Star navigated to the Southernmost navigable seas and entered uncharted waters, reaching the edge of the ice shelf. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diolanda Caballero) MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) reached...

Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker arrives in Antarctica

Nation's sole heavy icebreaker arrives in Antarctica
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) moors up to the ice pier at McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Feb. 7, 2022. Polar Star arrived to McMurdo after an 86-day transit from the United States and broke a 37-mile-long channel from the ice’s edge. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diolanda Caballero) MCMURDO STATION, Antarctica – The 157 crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter...

America’s only heavy icebreaker departs Seattle homeport Saturday

America's only heavy icebreaker departs Seattle homeport Saturday
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 United States’ only heavy icebreaker, Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB-10), is scheduled to depart its homeport in Seattle Saturday. This annual journey to Antarctica is conducted in support of Operation Deep Freeze,...