Seaman Heaven Jimenez tightens the anchor chain aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during a training exercise near Kaktovik, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2017. Coast Guard non-rated personnel must learn the basic fundamentals of shipboard operations before advancing to the rank of petty officer. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Shawn Eggert.

“Bulldog of the Bering” Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley

Like many Coast Guard cutters before it, the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley has a storied history and decades of service behind it. The vessel might have 49 years of wear and tear to show for it but, just like a grumpy old bulldog, the crews who maintain it and come to understand its quirks know the cutter will remain loyal and true to the Coast Guard’s mission to save lives and protect U.S. shores.