12 Days on Polar Star

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is currently headed to Antarctica for its annual mission, Operation Deep Freeze. During Antarctic deployments, the cutter’s primary mission is to break a channel through the sea ice to ensure that resupply ships can reach the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Research […]


Kenny Cook feature photo

Life aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker

Petty Officer Kenny Cook, a boatswain’s mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, gives a first-hand account of life aboard the Coast Guard’s largest icebreaker.


Polar Star stands down from Antarctic rescue

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star was released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority from search and rescue duties Jan. 7, following confirmation the Russian-Flagged Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese-Flagged Xue Long are free from the Antarctic ice due to a favorable change in wind conditions. The Coast Guard Pacific Area command center received confirmation from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority at 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time that both ships broke through the heavy ice, rendering assistance from the Polar Star no longer necessary.


The Polar Star is the U.S. Coast Guard’s only active heavy polar icebreaker. The ship is 399 feet in length, its maximum speed is 18 knots and it is able to continuously break six feet of ice at three knots and 21 feet of ice backing and ramming. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star to assist vessels in Antarctica

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is responding to a Jan. 3rd request from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, AMSA, to assist the Russian-Flagged Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese-Flagged Xue Long that are reportedly ice-bound in the Antarctic. The Russian and Chinese Governments have also requested assistance from the United States.


Caleb Gaudian (left) swears into service at a Military Entrance Processing Station.

Always Ready: The Gaudian Family

The Coast Guard is in his blood. Caleb Gaudian is a few weeks away from shipping to Coast Guard Basic Training. He won’t have much time in boot camp to ruminate on what brought him here, but his family history is rich with Coast Guard adventure.


Lone Sailor Award: J. David Power III

Joining an impressive list of men and women who have distinguished themselves by drawing upon their military experience in their personal lives is Coast Guard veteran and founder of J.D. Power and Associates, Inc., J. David Power III, who served as an officer aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker during the mid 1950’s. Power was recently honored with the Lone Sailor Award at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.