A Cutter Hawksbill crewmember (left) receives training to maneuver the 87-footer's small boat through the Hawksbills's stern gate on Monterey Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The mighty Hawksbill

Story provided by Master Chief Petty Officer Louis Coleman and Chief Petty Officer Phillip Dawalt, command cadre, Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill, a Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in Monterey, California, has room for 12 members, […]


A crewmember of the Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal delivers a child to a fellow crewmember aboard the Narwhal after the child and his parents were removed from a boat taking on water offshore Newport Beach, California. U.S Coast Guard photo.

A star on patrol

Story by Lt. Kristyn Grier, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal Units assigned to Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach take on a number of core Coast Guard missions such as search and rescue, drug and migrant interdictions and […]


Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip transport survivors of a boat fire.

Channelling the Blacktip

Story provided by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Konopa, crewmember of the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip Being located within the Channel Islands area of responsibility presents many unique opportunities and challenges for the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Blacktip. Just […]


The lanyard and boatswain's pipe from the Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba in 1943 is on display at Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay. U.S. Coast GUard photo.

Station Humboldt Bay: Honoring the past

Story provided by Master Chief Petty Officer Jon Gagnon The officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay, Master Chief Petty Officer Jon Gagnon, received a unique piece of Coast Guard history July 25, 2014. A boatswain’s pipe and lanyard from […]


The sun sets over the moored Motor Lifeboats of Coast Guard Station Morro Bay.

Station Morro Bay

Story by Fireman Daniel Rinear, cremwmber of Coast Guard Station Morro Bay Coast Guard Station Morro Bay is unique in that we are one of only 20 surf stations in the Coast Guard, and the southernmost at that! What this […]


Coast Guard Station Monterey rescue boat training

A moment in Monterey

Story provided by Petty Officer Matthew Mcmahon The environment and caseload experienced by Coast Guard Station Monterey’s crew produces as much diversity in its mission as present in the populace they serve and protect. From the stoic cliff faces of Point Sur […]


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Station Channel Islands: Protecting North America’s Galapagos

Story by Amanda Lewis Photos by Coast Guard Auxiliarist Michael Brodey Probably few people have heard of Oxnard, California, the home of Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor. Fewer still could pronounce its neighbor and close partner, Port Hueneme (wy-nee-mee), […]


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Training a comin’

Story by PA1 Bill Colclough; Thanks to Master Chief Petty Officer Christopher Wright for contributing information “COAST GUARD IN SHELTER COVE, THE SKIPPER IS HAVING A SEIZURE. HE’S BLEEDING FROM THE MOUTH. HE’S DYING!”  A seismic transmission over VHF-FM crackled distress […]


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Chasing a dream

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell Listening to the helicopter’s rotor blades slice through the night sky while watching his feet dangle above the turbulent water, the words “never quit,” repeated over and over in his head. Never […]


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Wrestling to his core

Story by: Chief Warrant Officer Thomas Moore Edited by: Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton wres•tling noun: The sport or activity of grappling with an opponent and trying to throw or hold them down on the ground, typically according to […]


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