Super Bowl 50

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena Behind all the glitz and glamour of Super Bowl 50 festivities, a group of highly-trained individuals worked to keep San Francisco’s waterways safe for mariners – the Coast Guard. This year’s Super […]


Beacon of the Bay

Story provided by Chief Petty Officer Robert Sevon Whether you are a mariner, photographer, writer or tourist, there is no denying the strong allure of the lighthouse. The lighthouse demands your gaze, standing tall through the storm and illuminating the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


CGC Blackfin Starboard Engine

Keeping Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin at the top of her game

Written by Lt. j.g. David Zwirblis and Chief Petty Officer James McDermott The Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, located in Santa Barbara, California, performs a wide array of missions working for Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach. The ship’s primary focuses have been […]


The Barracuda Swimmer

Story by: Seaman Ryan Huber Edited/posted by: Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton   My name is Ryan Huber; I am a seaman aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda. When I first arrived, I wrote about my experience in the […]


Rescuing the rescuer

Story and photos by PA3 Connie Terrell  On an average day, the U.S. Coast Guard conducts 109 search and rescue cases, saves 10 lives and assists 192 people in distress. But what happens when one of their own needs rescuing? […]


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