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.


225 Years of Service to Nation

225 years of Service to Nation: Ice operations

By the 1920s, the Coast Guard had become fully committed to ice breaking operations with the original intent of the Revenue Cutter Service – to utilize ice breaking primarily in Alaska and in support of other traditional missions.


Cleat delivers the goods

What do our fans want to read more about? Recently one of our readers, Dan Hamilton, sent us an email wanting to know more about the 65-foot ice breaking harbor tug Coast Guard Cutter Cleat. Read on to hear more […]


CGC Healy breaks ice for Russian tanker

Healy breaks path to Nome

UPDATE: Video of the ships breaking through the ice is available on YouTube and in the Coast Guard Visual Information Gallery. The Coast Guard has a long history of braving harsh Alaskan elements to rescue mariners in distress, protect the […]


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 […]