Two crewmembers assigned to Coast Guard Station Quillayute River in La Push, Wash., lay a wreath into the water from a 47-foot Motor Life Boat in honor of three crewmembers who lost their lives during a rescue mission 18 years ago, Feb. 12, 2015. The crew holds a memorial ceremony every year on the anniversary of the incident. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Station Quillayute River.

Coast Guardsmen remember shipmates who gave all in La Push, Washington

Eighteen years ago this week, four brave men did what thousands of Coast Guard members do every day: put their lives in danger to save others. Three of them paid the ultimate price. Their shipmates have not forgotten them. Read their story here.


100th Anniversary

Origins: 100 years ago a combination of services led to the modern day Coast Guard

Not long ago, the Coast Guard America knows today – the organization that saves thousands of lives at sea each year, helps keep fisheries safe and fishermen afloat, prevents thousands of tons of narcotics from reaching U.S. soil and aids mariners from around the world – faced an untimely demise. But in the wake of the loss of the Titanic then President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation that merged the Revenue Cutter Service and the U.S. Life-Saving Service to establish the Coast Guard in 1915.


Edward Schulman (left) and Garrison Bromwell (right), members of Washington-based Coast Guard Auxiliary flotillas, discuss boating safety tips to share with the public during the Seattle Boat Show at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Jan. 23, 2015. Auxiliary members and other recreational boating safety experts manned a boater education center at the boat show to encourage mariners to prepare early for the summer boating season. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer.

Boat Safety: Important in any season for any type of vessel

Before you take your shiny new boat or kayak on its maiden voyage, take the time to research and obtain the proper safety equipment. The same is true for seasoned boaters pulling vessels out of winter storage. You can’t predict what will happen on the water, but you can greatly reduce your chances of needing to make a last-minute mayday call. Read more about resources and opportunities to prepare for your upcoming season on the water!


All in a day’s work: Multi-mission ready, a buoy tender takes to law enforcement

From aiding navigation to saving lives, seagoing buoy tenders uniquely embrace the Coast Guard spirit by executing all of the service’s missions. Read more about the Fir’s role in safeguarding Pacific Northwest fishermen.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Mozley, a boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Bellingham, Wash., receives the 2013 Cmdr. Ray Evans Outstanding Coxswain Trophy Award in Bellingham, Wash., Jan. 20, 2015. The award was established in 2003 to recognize outstanding Coast Guard small boat operators. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Sarah Wilson)

In the Driver’s Seat: Bellingham-based Coast Guardsman receives 2013 Coxswain of the Year award

Sit in the driver’s seat of a Coast Guard small boat with Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Mozley and see why he is the Coast Guard Coxswain of the Year for 2013!


Idaho resident receives Meritorious Public Service Award for rescue

On June 27, 2014, the 55 degree waters had become choppy due to wind and April Chizum had turned her kayak toward shore for what she thought was the end of her day on the lake. That’s when she heard it…faint cries for help. Her efforts saved three people and profound thanks from the Coast Guard.


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!


A Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Bellingham, Wash., rescues two men after their canoe capsized in Portage Channel near Lummi Island, Washington, Saturday morning. A CBP aircrew in the area responded to a Coast Guard urgent marine information broadcast, located the two men and was able to direct a Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Bellingham, Washington, to their location. U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Pacific Northwest takes 3rd in Coast Guard Top 10 Videos of 2014

Coast Guard headquarters tallied up your votes for the Coast Guard’s 2014 Video of the Year and the results are in! Pacific Northwest’s Bellingham rescue took third and gives you a front row seat as a Coast Guard crew from Station Bellingham, Washington, rescue two young men after their canoe overturned.


Lt. Sarah Rodino (left), a marine inspector assigned to Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, observes ordinary seamen James Lesh (middle) and Brian Jonsson (right), operate a fire hose aboard Washington State Ferry Puyallup during the ferry's annual certificate of inspection at the Eagle Harbor Maintenance Facility in Bainbridge Island, Wash., Dec. 15, 2014. WSF personnel tested each of the dozens of fire hoses aboard the ferry during the inspection to ensure all nozzles and hoses were in good condition and functioned properly. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

WSF Puyallup completes annual Coast Guard certificate of inspection

All 23 Washington State Ferry vessels must pass a certificate of inspection and four unannounced quarterly inspections each year. Go along as a team from Sector Puget Sound conducts an inspection on Pullayup.


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.


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