The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star completed their mission in support of National Science Foundation (NSF) after cutting a resupply channel through 15 miles of Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea and escorting supply vessels to the continent. Despite flooding in the engine room and one of the three turbines failing, the crew was able to continue and complete their mission in the ice to allow resupply ships to get to McMurdo Station.
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The Coast Guard recently revised the three-table sea pay system in an effort to increase compensation for career afloat personnel. The new five-table system takes into consideration desirability of different cutter platforms, personnel tempo, deployment lengths and programmed operational hours.
“This is a great success for the Shiprider program, and it comes on the heels of an operation last month in which U.S. and Canadian law enforcement exercised the very same cross-border interdiction capabilities and authorities as used for this case,” said Capt. Scott Lemasters, commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”
If you’ve ever visited or driven through the beautiful town of Sturgeon Bay in famous Door County in northern Wisconsin along the shores of Lake Michigan, you’d probably never know that it has a 130-year relationship with the Coast Guard and its predecessors. In fact, many of the town’s residents didn’t know that fact either. That doesn’t diminish their support, respect and appreciation for the men and women of the Coast Guard who serve and call this town “home.”
The National Coast Guard Museum Association was formed to “establish, develop, foster and perpetuate the National Coast Guard Museum which will serve to promote historical knowledge of the Coast Guard and its predecessor services among the present and past member of the service and among the general public, and to promote an awareness, recognition and pride the their role in the maritime heritage of the United States.”
Built during the twilight era of sail, Coast Guard Cutter Eagle’s construction embodies centuries of development in the art and history of shipbuilding. Today, the teak decks of the barque served as a fitting platform for the time-honored tradition of the Ancient Mariner ceremony.