Pictured is the Malta-flagged 738-foot deep draft bulk carrier Maribella at anchor in Aarhus Port, Denmark. Photo by Bendt Nielsen.

Fire at sea: Wake-up call averts a mariner’s nightmare

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena On the evening of July 27, 2015, while much of the public attention was focused on thousands of firefighters battling wildfires in the western United States, the crew of a 738-foot Maltese […]


The Slades of surf, salt and stations

Story and photo provided by Coast Guard Academy Cadet Hailey Thompson Bodega Bay, California, is a spectacular place. A turquoise lagoon surrounded by flowering bushes and scrub pines creates quite the backdrop for a Coast Guard surf station, which is one of […]


Not in our town

Story provided by Chief Petty Officer Jason Miller Photos by Leigh Anne Stump As April ends, many will walk along to the next month’s awareness initiative. Before this month ends at midnight, and with it Sexual Assault Awareness Month, prevention and awareness for sexual assault must […]

Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Kellee Nolan, from Pacific Area, speaks during one of the coaching sessions held during the Women's Leadership Symposium at Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, Calif., Wednesday, March 18, 2015.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena

2015 Women’s Leadership Symposium

Story and photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena Since the late 1940s women have been serving and defending our nation with great pride, honor and valor. Ida Lewis, keeper of the Lime Rock Light, was credited with saving […]

Coast Guard Station Lake Taheo

Hardly a vacation

Story provided by Fireman Katherine Hays of Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe is nicknamed Station Vacation for its remote, pristine location and proximity to world-class ski resorts, but it may be more deserving of the […]


Station San Francisco: Protecting The City

Story and photos provided by Master Chief Petty Officer Devin Spencer, Officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station San Francisco Come spend a few days with the crew of Coast Guard Station San Francisco, and it won’t take you long to be […]

The Coast Guard Cutter Hawksbill Hawksbill conducts safety zone enforcement for the San Francisco Fleet Week 2014 Air Show. 
U.S Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Evan Wilcox.

A fleet-footed legacy

Story by Lt. j.g. Amanda Faulkner, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco “It takes an endless amount of history to make a little tradition,” wrote Henry James, a late 19th century American writer. The Coast Guard carried on a naval tradition […]

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 […]

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