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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star to assist vessels in Antarctica

The Polar Star is the U.S. Coast Guard’s only active heavy polar icebreaker. The ship is 399 feet in length, its maximum speed is 18 knots and it is able to continuously break six feet of ice at three knots and 21 feet of ice backing and ramming. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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.

East meets West in historic exercise

MSA exercise

History was made earlier this month when a Chinese Maritime Safety Administration ship pulled into the Port of Honolulu marking the first time an MSA patrol boat visited a U.S. port. The 367-foot MSA ship, Haixun 31, made the historic port call to participate in a combined search and rescue exercise alongside Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island. Together the two ships, both with helicopters aboard, formed building blocks towards a cooperative partnership.

People’s Choice – Photo Contest, Round 2

2010 Photo Contest

Last week we announced the People’s Choice award for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest and posted the first set of photos for your consideration. Every Monday for eight weeks, we will unveil another batch of photos as we count down the top 40 of the more than 600 photos submitted. To vote, just click on

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