Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Sarah Laicer, a yeoman aboard the Cutter Polar Star, sits on the frozen Ross Sea during ice liberty off the coast of Antarctica, Jan. 11, 2017. Crew members were given a few hours of ice liberty to take photos, play games and stretch their legs after a wee- long transit from Australia to Antarctica. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – YN2 Sarah Laicer

YN2 Sarah Laicer 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: […]


Chief Warrant Officer Seth Endter, the electronics officer aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, pauses for a photo in front of a bank of electrical switches, some of which date back to the 1970s, Jan. 26, 2017. Endter is responsible for overseeing the maintenance and management of all electrical and computer equipment aboard the cutter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – CWO2 Seth Endter

Chief Warrant Officer Seth Endter 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 […]


U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Fair, a machinery technician aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, pauses for a photo while conducting an inspection round of one of the cutter’s machinery spaces, Jan. 27, 2017. As a member of the cutter’s engineering crew, Fair helps oversee the safe operation of the ship’s machinery. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer David Mosley.

Meet the Polar Star crew – MK3 Adam Fair

MK3 Adam Fair 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 – HS1 Elizabeth Pyanowski

HS1 Elizabeth Pyanowski 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: […]


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: […]


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 […]


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!