Rescue operation

Icy Resolve

Icy Resolve – simulating the crash of a commuter airplane into ice-covered Lake Erie – employed numerous airboats, helicopters and shore-based rescue crews and provided rescuers the opportunity to evaluate their plans, capabilities and coordination. Icy Resolve also tested each agency’s ability to execute critical incident communications, emergency medical care and many other elements of mass rescue operations.


Buoy operations

The ice is coming! The ice is coming!

Like many places around the country, the cold season has arrived on the Great Lakes. Operational seasonality is an ongoing reality for all who call the region home, and Great Lakes crews are all preparing for the ice to come. Just as the summer months bring a busy schedule due to increased search and rescue and law enforcement cases, the winter brings a hectic schedule full of ice maintenance operations including search and rescue, ice-breaking and aids-to-navigation.


Buoy up!

What body of water is the largest system of fresh, surface water on Earth, containing roughly 21 percent of the world’s supply? If you answered the Great Lakes, you are correct! The entire Great Lakes system is connected by a […]


Your Coast Guard in 2011 – Great Lakes

The 9th Coast Guard District has responsibility for the largest freshwater system on Earth – the Great Lakes. Made up of massive inland seas stretching from Minnesota to Upstate New York, the Great Lakes contain enough fresh water to cover the lower 48 states to a depth of 9 1/2 feet.


Petty Officer McArthur

Shipmate of the Week – AST3 Thomas McArthur

UPDATE: As a Dunwoody, Ga., native Petty Officer 3rd Class Thomas McArthur was a guest on MyFOX Atlanta Nov. 3. Click to watch his interview. It was a beautiful summer day along Frankfort Beach, Mich., with sun-drenched sands and blue […]


Detroit Princess

Preparing for the worst-case scenario

With this week’s 5.9-magnitude earthquake felt along the U.S. East Coast and Hurricane Irene inching on a path towards the eastern seaboard, preparedness is at the forefront of many American’s minds. Preparedness plays an important role in the Coast Guard, […]


Vice Admiral Sally Brice-O'Hara, Vice Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, observes icebreaking operations from the deck of Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw with Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander, 9th Coast Guard District, and Capt. Joseph McGuiness, commander, Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Lindsay Weaver.

Breakout opens Great Lakes to shipping

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara. The term “facilitation of commerce” takes on different meaning as you move around the U.S. Atlantic, Gulf and Pacific coasts, but on the Great […]


Special purpose craft airboat

Shipmate of the Week – Crew of CG201240

Ice. Freezing temperatures. Blinding conditions. These are hostile environments to perform the Coast Guard’s missions, but for the men and women of the Great Lakes, it just comes with the territory. A Coast Guard Station Marblehead airboat crew faced these […]


Night Time Ice Rescue Training

Ice rescue training on the Great Lakes

Coast Guard men and women standing the watch on the Great Lakes perform their missions in one of the nation’s most environmentally challenging areas, and one element above all others presents the biggest challenge – ice. This winter season has […]


Operation Fall Retrieve

The last of the fall buoy runs

For nine weeks, Coast Guard units across the Great Lakes have been working around the clock in the largest domestic aids to navigation recovery operation in the United States … and just in time! With the slow-moving snowstorm that brought […]


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