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Below Zero: Partnership between the Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Friday, February 17, 2017

For more than 200 years, the U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have partnered together in maritime resiliency, environmental sustainability and scientific research. The two services have a strong working relationship supporting and representing the U.S. in cold weather operations and Arctic initiatives.

Below Zero: Dressing for cold weather

Friday, February 17, 2017

Weather can be tricky. Even in 50°, if you’ve got 20 mph winds, temperatures actually drop down to near freezing. On days like these, it’s best to bundle up. Loss of coordination, rational thinking and motor skills can set in within minutes. If you must go outside, we’ve provided some great tips for dressing in cold weather.

Below Zero: New England aircrews take on frigid winter weather

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

When the forecast calls for visible moisture, the risk of flying gets more challenging for the pilots and crew. Aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod are up for the challenge.

Below Zero: Coast Guard rescue swimmers gear-up against frigid New England conditions

Monday, February 13, 2017

When there is a search and rescue case, the water temperature doesn’t matter, because the risk is always measured against the value of saving a life. This means our Coast Guard rescue swimmers must rely on their gear to protect them against the cold because “preparation can be the difference between life and death.”

Below Zero: A red hat for a cold mission

Thursday, February 9, 2017

What started as a source of pride aboard the former Coast Guard Cutter Glacier in the mid 1970s, donning a red uniform ball cap, is now part of a right of passage for those who serve aboard icebreakers throughout the Coast Guard.

Below Zero: International Ice Patrol today

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

After the sinking of RMS Titanic in 1912, the International Ice Patrol was stood up in 1915. Though the processes have evolved, the missions has stayed the same: monitor the iceberg danger in the North Atlantic Ocean and to provide relevant iceberg warning products to the maritime community. It has been through the vigilant watch of the iceberg patrol that they currently have a 104-year safety record keeping the maritime community safe from iceberg collision.

Below Zero: History of the International Ice Patrol

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, was the force that established the International Ice Patrol. We’ll take a look at the IIP’s 104-year history and the mission of monitoring iceberg danger in the North Atlantic Ocean and providing relevant iceberg warning products to the maritime community.

Below Zero: The art of icebreaking

Monday, February 6, 2017

The process of icebreaking involves more than using the biggest hammer and busting your way through. Even the biggest hammer can be broken if mistakes are made.To some, the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star may seem like a very big hammer to throw at the ice but there’s actually an art to icebreaking.

Below Zero: Ice Rescue on Lake Champlain

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Working through bitter winds and freezing temperatures, Coast Guard ice rescuers are trained for every scenario. Ice rescuers from Coast Guard Station Burlington, Vermont, explain the best way to conduct a self-rescue after falling through ice in this edition of Below Zero.

Below Zero: Overview of Operation Deep Freeze 2017

Monday, January 30, 2017

At the start of the new year, crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star found themselves on the other side of the world, headed to one of the least hospitable places on Earth, Antarctica. Polar Star’s primary mission is to enable cargo ships to resupply the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations on the southernmost continent.

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