All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information for Coast Guard members.
January and February are the most common coldest months throughout the nation. It’s a time when many Coast Guard units participate in domestic icebreaking and ice rescues. During this month-long campaign, we want to stress cold weather safety for those who may be near water or ice with the help of our National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and International Ice Patrol partners as well as various Coast Guard units.
By the 1920s, the Coast Guard had become fully committed to ice breaking operations with the original intent of the Revenue Cutter Service – to utilize ice breaking primarily in Alaska and in support of other traditional missions.
The first video finalist to start things off showcases the historic mission by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, after escorting the Russian tanker vessel Renda through more than 300 miles of ice to provide critical fuel to the isolated city of Nome, Alaska. The 2012 Videos of the Year begins today, with voting open through Jan. 4, 2013.
The 140-foot Mobile Bay is unique in that it is one of nine cutters in the Coast Guard’s Bay class of icebreaking tugs, capable of continuously breaking approximately two feet of solid, plate ice. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Bryan Estell. When we last checked in with Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay they were