Coast Guard brings Christmas cheer to Kodiak Island villages

KODIAK, Alaska – Santa and his elves are bringing Christmas cheer to the residents of the seven native villages on Kodiak Island aboard Coast Guard helicopters and the Kodiak-based Cutter SPAR this week.

Coast Guard Chief receives prestigious Master Cutterman award in Kodiak

KODIAK, Alaska – Chief Petty Officer Paul Hicks, with the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR was named the Coast Guard’s 13th Master Cutterman in an informal ceremony at the Golden Anchor on Coast Guard base Kodiak Friday.

Arctic Crossroads 2009 Multi-agency Deployment Concludes, Cutter and Aircraft Patrols Continue

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The multi-agency phase of operation Arctic Crossroads concluded Sunday following 20 days of testing assets, area familiarization and community outreach. Utilizing expertise from all over the United States, members of the Coast Guard, U.S. Air Force, Army National Guard, Air National Guard and U.S. Public Health Services deployed for this operation.

Coast Guard rescues two Alaskans after 22 hour search in remote Aleutian Islands

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk crew hoisted two men from a skiff drifting approximately 14 miles south of Amchitka Island at about 9:30 p.m. in the Aleutian Islands Sunday following a 22 hour search by Coast Guard aircraft.

Coast Guard Towing Disabled Fishing Vessel in Gulf of Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is towing the disabled fishing vessel Equinox to Kodiak today.

Fishing vessel disabled in Gulf of Alaska, Coast Guard responding

JUNEAU, Alaska – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is responding to a disabled fishing vessel 270 miles southeast of Kodiak in the Gulf of Alaska today.

Cutter Crosses Arctic Circle on Anniversary of Northwest Passage

By Petty Officer 1st Class Kurt Fredrickson KODIAK, Alaska – In 1865 the first U.S. Light House Service tender reached the shores of Russian Alaska and sparked the beginning of what has been more than 145 years of Coast Guard history in the Bering Sea. While the wooden ships of the Light House and Revenue Cutter Service have given way to the modern steel cutters of today’s Coast Guard,...

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton Arctic Patrol – Aug. 29, 2008

Journal Entry – Aug. 29, 2008 – Beaufort Ocean The Coast Guard is extending High Endurance cutter operations from the Bering Sea into the Chukchi Sea, the Beaufort Sea, and the Arctic Ocean. This operation supports the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to extend maritime safety and security to the Arctic region in the face of retreating polar sea ice. The Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton...

Coast Guard Conducts First Search and Rescue Exercise in the Arctic Ocean

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard is conducting its first Arctic search and rescue exercise Friday near Barrow, Alaska, in an effort to better understand mass rescue operations in the Arctic. The Kodiak-based Coast Guard Cutter SPAR and the San Diego-based Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton are currently deployed to the Arctic Region and, along with aircraft from the Coast Guard Air Station in Kodiak,...