Seaman Allison Follett, a deck department crew member aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, stands for a photo in front of the ship while standing the in port watch while the cutter was visiting Sydney, Australia, Dec. 31, 2016. Follett is one of more than 140 crew members who make up the crew of the 399-foot heavy icebreaker, which is homeported in Seattle. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – Seaman Allison Follett

Seaman Allison Follett is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S. Antarctic Program. BACKGROUND: Name/rate/rank: […]


A pair of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star red hats sits atop a chart of the coast of Antarctica, Jan. 10, 2017.

A red hat for a cold mission

Story and photos by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. What started as a source of pride aboard the former Coast Guard Cutter Glacier in the mid 1970s, donning a red uniform ball cap, is now part of a rite of […]


Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Garett Brada, a diver deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, checks his dive gauges before a cold water ice dive off of McMurdo Station, Jan. 19, 2017. Divers bring the option of sub-surface support for the cutter’s command, in the event repairs or inspections are needed. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – DV2 Garett Brada

DV2 Garett Brada is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S. Antarctic Program. BACKGROUND: […]


Lt. Adam Erwin, U.S. Coast Guard 1st District reserve chaplain, deployed aboard the Cutter Polar Star, poses for a photo while on the cutter’s bridge, Jan. 14, 2017. Erwin is responsible for the spiritual, emotional and religious support of the Polar Star crew during their deployment to Antarctica. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – Lt. Adam Erwin

Lt. Adam Erwin is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S. Antarctic Program. BACKGROUND: […]


Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant, a junior officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Polar Star, speaks with the bridge while standing the engineering watch, ensuring the safe operation of the cutter’s power plant systems and other essential equipment, Jan. 6, 2017.

Meet the Polar Star crew – Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant

Lt. j.g. Andrew Constant is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S Antarctic Program. […]


U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Courtney Will (left), a damage controlman deployed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, ensures the working condition of onboard safety equipment with members of Polar Star’s crew, Jan. 12, 2017. The Polar Star’s crew conducts this deployment as part of the yearly operation to provide needed supplies to the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic research stations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Robert Kuhl.

Meet the Polar Star crew – DC3 Courtney Will

DC3 Courtney Will is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S. Antarctic Program. Background: […]


Meet the Polar Star crew – Cmdr. Mary Ellen Durley

Cmdr. Mary Ellen Durley is deployed aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star as part of its mission to assist in the annual resupply of U.S. Antarctic Program research stations. The National Science Foundation manages the U.S. Antarctic Program. […]


The art of icebreaking

Story and pictures by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley. The process of icebreaking involves more than using the biggest hammer and busting your way through. Even the biggest hammer can be broken if mistakes are made. To some, the Coast […]


Surfman past and present from throughout Sector North Bend gather in front of Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay for a ceremony in Newport, Ore, Jan. 12, 2017.

A Legacy of Surf Continues

Photos and story by Seaman Johanna Strickland. Driving by Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, and noticing the group of men posed in front of the 36-foot Motor Life Boat on Jan. 12, 2017, one would probably not […]


Seamanship students work to refurbish a small boat at the Tongue Point Job Corps center in Astoria, Ore., Oct. 13, 2016. The Tongue Point Job Corps facility has 473 students participating in 16 hard and soft trade training programs, 120 of which are enrolled in the seamanship program.

Training trades

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg. People come from all walks of life, from rich to poor, such as those able to afford a college education to those who struggle to graduate high school. Combine that […]


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