Coast Guard on the small screen: New series & a season premiere

A crew from the 13th Coast Guard District briefs before a mission. Production photo courtesy of Al Roker Entertainment, Inc.

A crew from the 13th Coast Guard District briefs before a mission. Production photo courtesy of Al Roker Entertainment, Inc.

It’s been two years since The Weather Channel and Al Roker Entertainment unveiled the docu-series “Coast Guard Alaska.” The show followed Coast Guard men and women as they performed missions in Alaska’s harsh operating environment and gave the world an insider’s perspective on the life of America’s Coast Guard.

Viewers were able to witness the action firsthand as crews flew to the North Pole to provide support to a research camp as ice began to break around them or battled hurricane-force winds and sub-zero temperatures to rescue 11 mariners over the course of 14 hours.

A camerman captures a helicopter launching on a mission. Production photo courtesy of Al Roker Entertainment, Inc.

A camerman captures a helicopter launching on a mission. Production photo courtesy of Al Roker Entertainment, Inc.

Tonight the show is back and there is no shortage of action in our nation’s Last Frontier. The third season will include a daring mission to save 18 souls on an oilrig, the rescue of a hunter trapped in the mountains and features Capt. Melissa Rivera, the first female commanding officer of Air Station Kodiak.

Following on the success of both “Coast Guard Alaska” and “Coast Guard Florida,” The Weather Channel is also expanding its “Coast Guard” franchise with a new show based in the Pacific Northwest.

“Coast Guard Cape Disappointment/Pacific Northwest,” the working title for the show, will follow Station Cape Disappointment, Air Station Astoria, Station Yaquina Bay, Station Coos Bay and the more than 3,000 men and women who serve in 13th Coast Guard District.

The region – comprised of Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana and more than 460,000 square miles of the Pacific Ocean – is home to some of the most perilous waters in the Pacific Northwest, including an area known as “The Graveyard of the Pacific.”

You won’t be able to see the missions of the Pacific Northwest until the show’s premiere later this year, but check out the video below for a glimpse of some “routine” training. You’ll also still have “Coast Guard Alaska” so check out the sneak peek from tonight’s season three premiere and stay tuned!

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  • Diane Grantier

    That working title is way too long. Can’t it just be PNW or Pacific NW or Pacific Northwest?

  • Catherine Alton

    I would like to nominate the Henderson family for an episode on the new show. Both Virginie and Justin are Coasties at different stations in the Pacific NW. They live in the middle and both drive an hour in opposite directions to get to their stations. Virginie took a leave of absence a few years ago so they could have a family. She got pregnant with their 2nd, when their 1st was just a few months old and then she had identical twin girls. They are now 4 and their older sister is 5 and starting Kindergarten. Virginie’s Mom moved here from France to take care of the girls when Virginie went back on active duty. Theirs would make a very interesting episode!

  • Patty Bailey

    It will be nice to see where a lot of the training takes place with the new series in our area. We visited the wonderful coast guard station in Kodiak Alaska and learned a lot. This tv series has taught the public to show a lot of respect for these brave men and women.

  • Patty Bailey

    It will be nice to see the rescue missions in our own area. We visited the wonderful Cast Guard station in Kodiak Alaska and learned a lot, We were also told that a lot of the training takes place in our area. This tv series has taught the public to respect those brave men and women.