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Operation Trident Fury: An exercise with northern neighbors

Operation Trident Fury

Everyone enjoys having a friendly neighbor. The biennial Trident Fury exercise, led by the Royal Canadian navy, is designed to build and reinforce a strong working relationship between the maritime forces of the U.S. and Canada. This year, it included live gunnery exercises, maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare training. Learn more about this critical strategic partnership!

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Jessie Cuttie

As a junior officer taking on a huge responsibility, Cuttie may not have had all the answers at first. But with unwavering determination and the support of her crew, she made sure Active was always ready to answer the call.

Shipmate of the Week – BMC Benjamin Snider

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Station Umpqua River is home to a crew of dedicated Coast Guardsmen, sentinels to the abundance of recreational and commercial fisherman in the region. The station is remote, isolated and bears witness to some of the worst water there is. It’s also home to Chief Petty Officer Benjamin Snider, an extraordinarily skilled surfman.

Shipmate of the Week – BM2 Chris Ouellette


Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Ouellette was fresh out of boot camp in July 2007 when he was assigned to Station Grays Harbor. He arrived at his first Coast Guard unit ready to learn. Fast forward to today and Ouellette has more than just learned; he has mastered. Ouellette has earned the title of Coast Guard surfman No. 473. Along with his title of surfman, he has also earned the unofficial title of “seaman to surfman” at Grays Harbor – meaning he arrived at the unit a seaman and will be leaving a surfman.

Shipmate of the Week – MK1 Michael Jordan

MK1 Michael Jordan

Coast Guard Cutter Fir’s primary mission is to service and maintain 150 aids to navigation along the Pacific coasts of Oregon and Washington, as well as in the Columbia River. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Maintaining aids to navigation essential to the Pacific Northwest’s major shipping ports, including Coos Bay, Portland and Seattle, are the men

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In service to the light

In service to the light

Crewman of U.S. Lifesaving Service Station Umpqua River, Ore., in the station boat house in the 1890s. The two crewman are surrounded by lifesaving equipment of the era, and a remnant of the steamer vessel Tacoma, a famous shipwreck in the region, hangs above their heads. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by by Petty Officer

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The art of a cliff rescue

Aviation Survival Technician First Class Obrien Starr-Hollow is lowered to an injured man and a cliff rescue worker 50 feet above the water near North Head Lighthouse near Ilwaco, Wash., July 7, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Shawn Eggert. With contributions from Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn. The rocky cliffs and

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Coast Guard & Air Force: A tradition of training

Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin maintains a safety zone while airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base undergo SERE Specialist Training U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn. Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn. The success of U.S. Coast Guard missions depends largely on the experience and expertise of our members. 

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