Petty Officer 1st Class Tiffany Stratford, a boatswain's mate attached to Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak, services a light at the top of a tower at Nelson's Lagoon, Alaska, Nov. 16, 2018. ANT Kodiak crew members are required to be hoist-qualified in order to service aids in remote Alaskan locations like this one. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean.

Unique teams maintain Alaska’s commerce flow

To keep the system moving safely and smoothly, Coast Guard members in Alaska have the unique opportunity of maintaining navigational aids to ensure the consistent flow of goods throughout Alaska’s marine highway. Despite limiting factors, Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak crew members work diligently to ensure the navigational aids are maintained, re-built and serviced.


Japan Coast Guard Rear Adm. Tsuguo Awai, the deputy director general of the Administration Department, presents 150th anniversary lighthouse stamps to Rear Adm. Meredith L. Austin, the U.S. Coast Guard deputy for operations, policy and capabilities. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Capt. Mary Ellen Durley.

Japan Coast Guard marks 150th marine aids to navigation anniversary

The Japan Coast Guard presented commemorative stamps commissioned to mark the 150th anniversary of Japan’s first lighthouse during an official visit with the U.S. Coast Guard Nov. 16.


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The Panama buoy

The calm swells of the Port of Panama gave the Fir’s crew a perfect opportunity to show the Panama Canal Authority how buoys are maintained in the U.S. As the Panamanian crew traversed to the whistle buoy, they searched for the black-hulled tender sporting the iconic 64-degree Coast Guard red, white and blue racing stripe. There it was, on time, dead center of dozens of floating cargo ships.


Dave Lewald gives a presentation on the U.S. Coast Guard’s eATON response during the 2017 hurricane season during the 2018 IALA Conference in Incheon, Republic of Korea. U.S Coast Guard photo by Cmdr. Justin A. Kimura.

Coast Guard recognized for electronic aids to navigation hurricane response

The U.S. Coast Guard was recognized by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) for its use of electronic Aids to Navigation (eATON) during the 2017 hurricane season.

The members of the international technical association selected the U.S. Coast Guard for its best practices award during its quadrennial conference in the Republic of Korea’s third largest city.


Small boats, big missions

After Hurricane Matthew dumped 18 inches of rain on North Carolina, Coast Guard Western River Flood Punt Team worked with local and state agencies to assist. The team, comprised of members from Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River, Upper Mississippi River and Aids to Navigation Team Colfax, Louisiana, completed a total of 23 missions, eight rescues and more than 280 wellness checks.


Legacy of Light: Stannard Rock Lighthouse stands lonely watch

Stannard Rock Lighthouse stands sentinel in the middle of Lake Superior, further from shore than any other lighthouse in the United States. One of the top ten engineering feats in American history, the lighthouse was built in 1835 to mark an uncharted hazard.


Legacy of Light: Tillamook Rock Lighthouse anchors wildlife refuge

Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, built in 1881, remains a fixture off the coast of Oregon. The lighthouse may no longer run using lanterns but continues to light the way to ensure the safety, security and stewardship of Pacific Northwest waterways.


Legacy of Light: New Canal Lighthouse shines over energy rich waters

Like the city it proudly serves, the New Canal Lighthouse in New Orleans is a survivor. In 1893 Hurricane Cheniere Caminada hit New Orleans. The lighthouse was not only the lone structure left standing in the area after the hurricane hit, but it also sheltered more than 200 survivors. Hurricanes pummeled the lighthouse again in 1915, 1926 and 1927. Then it was hit with the double whammy of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita that temporarily knocked it out of commission in 2005.


Legacy of Light: Florida Light illuminates local legends

Legacy of Light: Florida light illuminates local legends

The Boca Grande Lighthouse is on Gasparilla Island, a barrier island that is reportedly named after Spanish pirate Captain Jose Gaspar who allegedly buried treasure there that remains undiscovered to this day. None of this deters Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team St. Petersburg, Florida, from keeping the light shinning.


Legacy of Light: World’s largest lens shines Aloha light

From the Makapu’u Light on Oahu’s southeastern most point, the world’s largest lighthouse lens reflects a beam that can be seen from 19 nautical miles away. The light sheperds mariners through the well traveled waters around the Aloha State from freighters transporting goods to fishing vessels, dive boats and cruise ships.


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