Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is currently headed to Antarctica for its annual mission, Operation Deep Freeze. During Antarctic deployments, the cutter’s primary mission is to break a channel through the sea ice to ensure that resupply ships can reach the U.S. Antarctic Program’s McMurdo Research Station in the Ross Sea. Resupply ships use the channel to bring food, fuel,
Petty Officer Kenny Cook, a boatswain’s mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, gives a first-hand account of life aboard the Coast Guard’s largest icebreaker.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star was released by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority from search and rescue duties Jan. 7, following confirmation the Russian-Flagged Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese-Flagged Xue Long are free from the Antarctic ice due to a favorable change in wind conditions. The Coast Guard Pacific Area command center received confirmation from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority at 2 p.m. Pacific Standard Time that both ships broke through the heavy ice, rendering assistance from the Polar Star no longer necessary.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is responding to a Jan. 3rd request from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, AMSA, to assist the Russian-Flagged Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese-Flagged Xue Long that are reportedly ice-bound in the Antarctic. The Russian and Chinese Governments have also requested assistance from the United States.
The Coast Guard is in his blood. Caleb Gaudian is a few weeks away from shipping to Coast Guard Basic Training. He won’t have much time in boot camp to ruminate on what brought him here, but his family history is rich with Coast Guard adventure.
Joining an impressive list of men and women who have distinguished themselves by drawing upon their military experience in their personal lives is Coast Guard veteran and founder of J.D. Power and Associates, Inc., J. David Power III, who served as an officer aboard a Coast Guard icebreaker during the mid 1950’s. Power was recently honored with the Lone Sailor Award at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.