Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker to deploy to the Arctic this winter

Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker to deploy to the Arctic this winter
Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star file photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley ALAMEDA, Calif. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB-10) will deploy to the Arctic this winter to help protect the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security in the region. The United States is an Arctic nation, and the Coast Guard has served as the lead federal agency for homeland security, safety, and environmental...

Baptism by Antarctic Water

Baptism by Antarctic Water
U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Joseph Del Valle baptizes Petty Officer 1st Class Andres Murillo Feb. 16, 2020, about seven miles north of McMurdo Station, Antarctica.  U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Senior Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi Story by Senior Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi As a scuba diver in the U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 1st Class Andres Murillo is no stranger to water. His last...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star changes command

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star changes command
Cmdr. (Capt. Select) William Woityra addresses the department heads and select crewmembers in attendance for the modified change-of-command ceremony held aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shelbi Kreiger. VALLEJO, Calif. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) held a modified change-of-command ceremony Friday at the Mare...

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,...