Last summer, after several months of preparation, the Coast Guard Cutter Bear received a mission objective for 14 days of its 72-day patrol off the coast of New England. CGC Bear was tasked with serving as a research vessel, facilitating a search for the wreck of the original United States Revenue Cutter Bear.
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During the Age of Sail, the seasonal pattern of icebound winters froze-in merchant vessels and reduced the wintertime demand for revenue cutters on the Great Lakes, in the Northeast and in the Mid-Atlantic States. In some cases, cutters were decommissioned in December, winterized and their crews dismissed until the spring thaw.
In its 35 years of service, Coast Guard Cutter Bear and its crews have valiantly service the nation providing humanitarian aid, drug and immigration enforcement, and search and rescue. Through it all, Bear’s most defining achievement is sharing the knowledge that there is no stronger bond than that shared by the crew. Bear crews define themselves as “first in fleet, and second to none.”
For 150 years, the Coast Guard and its ancestor agencies have played a vital role in Alaska and the Arctic. The service’s ice operations provide the U.S. with the capability to support national interests in ice-bound waters, including the movement of maritime transportation, search and rescue, law enforcement, environmental protection and the pursuit of marine science. The service continues to make an impact in Alaska and Arctic waters and the Coast Guard’s ice operations mission remains as important as ever.
In part two of The Long Blue Line’s history of Cutter Bear, we learn about its venerable history bringing reindeer to Alaska in the Overland Expedition, its time in WWI and WWII. Read here to find out what happened to this cutter at the end of its time serving in the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Cutter Bear is an extraordinary ship on which legends were made. The cutter and its crews rescued Lt. Adolphus Greely and five of his members from an expedition in Greenland, solved starvation problems with native Alaskan villagers by bringing in reindeer to the area, performed several mass rescues of American whalers and undertook many Bering Sea Patrols. Check back next Thursday to learn more of our Coast Guard Cutter Bear history.
A true link in The Long Blue Line, Revenue Cutter Service officer David Jarvis led one of the most unusual rescue efforts in Alaska, diverting from the usual Coast Guard elements of coastal waters and open ocean. His memory lives on in the history and heritage of the Coast Guard and the State of Alaska.
Revenue Cutter Bear before WWI. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Lt. Cmdr. Jamie Frederick, Atlantic Area public affairs. Coast Guard Cutter Bear fittingly celebrated 30 years of commissioned service with a recent return to homeport after a successful eight-week patrol in the Caribbean Sea. Bear is the oldest of the Famous-class medium endurance cutters
CGC Bertholf in the Arctic Ocean during Arctic Shield 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo. Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo. Excerpts from Commodore Ellsworth P.Bertholf by C. Douglas Kroll and The Overland Expedition: A Coast Guard Triumph by Paul Johnson. On Aug. 21, 2012, the engines
With summer in full swing, Coast Guard cutters, sectors, air stations and support units are not only seeing new weather, but new faces. During the summer months, what is often known as transfer season, members across the service take on new roles and assignments. For many officers and senior enlisted their new units will mark the first time they will have the opportunity to command a Coast Guard unit. That responsibility begins with their participation in the time-honored tradition of the change of command.