Will you go missing in action this season?

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer A seasoned detective takes in the sight of an overturned vehicle on the side of the road. A lone high-heeled shoe lies in the grass near the crumpled passenger door. The inside […]


Sharing our story: Enforcement experts host foreign journalists

U.S. Coast Guard story by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener Commercial fishing generates billions of dollars for different nations, companies and individual fishermen around the world. Protecting our living marine resources is a critical Coast Guard mission, and one […]


High and dry, Coast Guard team ensures safety in Eastern Washington.

Kennewick team works on dry land to ensure safety on waterway. U.S. Coast Guard story by Petty Officer 1st Class Zac Crawford In 1941, the United States government completed construction on what would become the largest hydropower facility and the […]


A small boat crew from the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon conducts air operations training with a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew while underway May 27, 2015. The crew of the Mellon, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, has been patrolling the high seas in search of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activity in support of Operation North Pacific Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Mellon.

High-Seas Driftnets: Destroyers of the Deep

“Everything,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Roy Hawes, a boatswain’s mate assigned to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Mellon. “Everything dies.” Since the Mellon, a 378-foot high-endurance cutter, left its homeport in Seattle in April for Operation North Pacific Guard, the crew has been patrolling the high seas in search of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activity, including high seas driftnet fishing. Read more about this threat to our vital oceans and the Coast Guard’s role.


Coast Guard Cutter Mellon received a donation of silverware from Timothy Mellon, grandson of former Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon March 24, 2015. The silverware is engraved with the U.S. Seal and Andrew W. Mellon’s initials. Timothy Mellon says he believes his grandfather used the silverware during his tenure as Secretary of the Treasury. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Sarah Wilson

A piece of history passes from Mellon family to namesake cutter

Have you ever looked at an artifact, from another time, and wondered what story it might tell if it could? A silver fork perhaps…one used at an official’s dinners under the presidential administrations of Harding, Coolidge and Hoover…read about the recent addition to the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon and their rich history.


Capt. Beverly A. Havlik and Capt. John D. Reeves inspect the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy during Healy's change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle, May 2, 2013. During the ceremony, Reeves assumed the duties and responsibilities of Healy's commanding officer from Havlik. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Crystal Saladino.

From the Helm: Are you and your family ready?

By Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich, commander,  Coast Guard 13th District We have had a marvelous winter here in the Pacific Northwest with clear days and record high temperatures. However, we cannot be complacent. Stormy seas will come again and […]


Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, a 399-foot polar class icebreaker, gets underway from its homeport of Coast Guard Base Seattle for deployment to Antarctica, Nov. 30, 2014. The crew of Polar Star will be supporting the U.S. Antarctic Program and the National Science Foundation during their four-month mission. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Headed south for the winter: Coast Guard Cutter begins journey to Antarctica

Over the next several weeks ride along with the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star through regular installments on our blog as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime breaking ice in Antarctica!


Law enforcement officers assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, Wash., conduct a safety boarding, during Operation North Falcon II, aboard the commercial fishing vessel Wanda Lee in Hood Canal, Wash., Oct. 30, 2014. Cutter Wahoo’s crew conducted educational outreach and safety boardings in Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Marine Area 12, which encompasses the waters of Hood Canal; south of the Hood Canal Bridge. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener)

Coast Guard enforces fishery regulations on Washington’s Hood Canal

Dubbed Operation North Falcon II, Coast Guard crews were active in Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife marine areas 7, 10 and 12, historically the most active areas for gill net and purse seine fishermen in October 2014. Coast Guard Cutter Wahoo’s crew spent three days conducting educational outreach and safety boardings aboard commercial fishing vessels in Hood Canal, Wash.


The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot polar icebreaker, returns home to Seattle after spending 130 days on a science deployment in the Bearing Sea, Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean, Sept. 11, 2014. During the four-month patrol, the crew aboard Healy conducted three missions to further scientific knowledge and understanding of the Arctic. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama)

Coast Guard crew returns to Seattle following 130 day annual Arctic science deployment

Sail along with the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy and learn about their 130 days of operations in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea, and Arctic Ocean during their Arctic West Summer 2014 deployment. Healy’s crew and science team conducted three missions to further scientific knowledge and understanding of the Arctic and even did some search and rescue.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Whitehead, a boatswains mate and the operations petty officer at Aids to Navigation Team Kennewick, navigates the unit’s 26-foot Trailerable Aids to Navigation Boat up the Snake River Sept. 23, 2014.

Keeping mariners safe on the Northwest’s high desert

Aids to Navigation Team Kennewick is responsible for maintaining ATON along the Snake River from Kennewick, Wash., to Lewiston, Idaho. Ride along as they make a run down the Snake River September 2014.


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