Heading south for the winter: Engineers keep a venerable cutter underway

Without them, the ship goes nowhere. The 93 members of the engineering department aboard Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star are responsible for the propulsion, steering, electrical, sewage, ventilation, firefighting and damage control systems on board the heavy icebreaker supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program through Operation Deep Freeze 2015.


Coast Guard diving is a small community; 60-billeted positions are augmented by only a handful of trainees each year. In addition to rigorous dive training and the maintaining of peak physical fitness, Coast Guard divers are expected to excel in academia, particularly in underwater physics and medicine.

Dive in!

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson. Coast Guard divers are a multi-mission force. They’ll move from an inspection and cleaning of a cutter’s hull in one operation to a homeland security dive for the next. And not only […]