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.


Petty Officer 1st Class James McArdle of the Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Mellon receives the 2015 Spring Military Information Technology Leadership Award from the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association May 28 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo courtesy Mike Carpenter.

Leadership Spotlight: Local Coast Guardsman receives 2015 Spring Military Information Technology Leadership Award

To sail a ship safely around the world, it takes a crew of men and women who are willing, from time to time, to stay up around the clock troubleshooting unexpected errors, working tirelessly on system maintenance, and ensuring safe navigation through both tame and turbulent waters. And coffee — lots of coffee. Read about Petty Officer 1st Class James McArdle’s exceptional skills that earned him the 2015 Spring Military Information Technology Leadership Award!


CWO Anthony Slowik

Leadership Spotlight: CWO Anthony Slowik Coast Guard Reserve CWO of the Year

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer When people think of the Coast Guard, the first thing that comes to mind most likely isn’t building roads and establishing infrastructure half a world away. But that’s just one of the […]


Members of the Galley Staff enjoy time on the ice in McMurdo Sound while the ship hove to for the night. Pictured left to right: Second Class Petty Officer Arianne Gunn, Third Class Petty Officer Oscar Delgado, First Class Petty Officer Jason Buchanan, Third Class Petty Officer Katherine Spurgeon, Third Class Petty Officer Alfred Laicer, Third Class Petty Officer Nichol Stuchell.

Large Afloat Galley of the Year goes to…Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star

Can you picture serving 103,000 meals, for up to 10 weeksaboard ship without a port call, and passage through some of the roughest seas on the planet? That’s just what Polar Star’s Food Service Division has done. Read more about what makes them the Coast Guard’s Large Afloat Dining Facility of the Year!


Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Wenzel on Coast Guard Cutter Active in Port Angeles, Wash., May 14, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer.

Leadership Spotlight: Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Wenzel

If you’re fortunate enough to be sailing on Coast Guard Cutter Active, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Port Angeles, Washington, you call one person – Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Wenzel. Learn more about his leadership and contributions that keep Active running!


Operation Trident Fury

Operation Tridet Fury: An exercise with northern neighbors

Everyone enjoys having a friendly neighbor. The biennial Trident Fury exercise, led by the Royal Canadian navy, is designed to build and reinforce a strong working relationship between the maritime forces of the U.S. and Canada. This year, it included live gunnery exercises, maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare training. Learn more about this cirtical strategic partnership!


Lt. j.g. Jessie Cuttie

Leadership Spotlight: Lt j.g. Jessie Cuttie

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer At every military unit, there is one person who is expected to know everything at all times — the operations officer. They work tirelessly to ensure that all members are […]


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.