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 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!