Icebreaker POLAR SEA sidelined by engine troubles

Today, the Coast Guard announced the 399-foot Cutter POLAR SEA suffered an unexpected engine casualty and will be unable to deploy on its scheduled fall 2010 Arctic patrol and may be unavailable for Operation Deep Freeze, Dec. 20 to Jan […]


Admiral Allen reactivates CGC Polar Star

Yesterday, Admiral Allen reactivated the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, one of America’s two polar class ice breakers. The commandant of the Coast Guard cited a changing Arctic landscape that will require new policies on economic, homeland and environmental security, […]


Polar Sea departs on BEST science mission

Later today, the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea, one of the world’s most powerful non-nuclear icebreakers, will depart Seattle for a two-month cruise in support of the Bering Sea Ecosystem Study (or BEST). The BEST cruise is part of a […]


People’s Choice – Coast Guard Photo Contest, Round 6

We are entering week six of the People’s Choice award for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest. You can view all the photos featured on the blog on the Coast Guard Flickr account under a set called “People’s Choice 2010.” […]


People’s Choice – Coast Guard Photo Contest, Round 3

We are entering week three of the People’s Choice award for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest. Here is the third set of photos…


itCG – CGC Escanaba navigates through storm, cargo ship underway, search for missing teen, polar bear research

Thankfully, the engineers onboard the disabled India-flagged cargo freighter mentioned in yesterday’s itCG post were able to get the ship’s engine running. All 28 crewmembers are safe onboard the vessel, which is now making way to its intended destination in […]


itCG – Potomac River review, fisherman medevaced, 5 rescued from storm, new small boat, policy hearing online

The Coast Guard has concluded an internal investigation into a training exercise conducted by Station Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River that ended up drawing media attention on September 11, 2009. Click here to read the Coast Guard’s internal review […]