A new breath of life: Cutter Maple moves to homeport in Atlantic Beach, NC

The Coast Guard Cutter Maple has arrived at its new homeport at Coast Guard Sector Field Office Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The Maple is a 225-foot Juniper-class buoy tender, and is the replacement for the Cutter Elm, […]


How the Coast Guard supports maritime commerce and the ship-building industry

  By Lt. Amanda Faulkner and PA1 Seth Johnson The Coast Guard is known for saving lives at sea, but did you know the service plays a huge role in the economy, too? As a regulatory entity, the Coast Guard […]


Coast Guard Cutter Kennebec helps get commerce moving after Hurricane Florence

Early on the morning of Sept. 16th, 2018, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Kennebec cast off their lines, carefully navigated out of Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, Virginia, and at their top speed of eight knots, began their slow decent […]


A day with Station Annapolis; Securing McCain’s rest

View this story on spark for a more immersive experience. Story and photos by PA1 Andrew Kendrick. This weekend I had the opportunity to ride along with Station Annapolis and support a security zone as the late Senator John McCain […]


New Coast Guard admiral to lead the Mid-Atlantic

Often the Coast Guard is defined by its actions and reputation as one of the world’s premiere maritime lifesaving and law enforcement agencies, and the Coast Guard’s 5th District has a new leader for the rescuers and guardians in the […]


Small cutter, large mission: Coast Guard Cutter Chock

The Coast Guard Cutter Chock, with its brawny appearance, polished black hull, the ability to shatter up to 18-inches of ice and tow approximately 300 gross-tons, has undoubtedly earned it the fitting nickname “Bull of the Bay.” The Chock was […]


Hoax calls affect us all

“This is the fishing vessel Sol e Mar. This is a mayday, we’re sinking, we need help now!” were some of the last words of 19-year-old Billy Hokanson, as the fishing boat that he and his father, William was on […]


Keep cool with the International Ice Patrol!

Story and photos by PA1 Nate Littlejohn On a gloomy Nova Scotia afternoon April 4, 2018, a small group gathered in Halifax’s Fairview Lawn Cemetery to remember the 1,503 lives lost in the sinking of the Titanic. The remains of […]


5 Rip Current Safety Tips You Need to Know

Rip currents – often incorrectly dubbed “rip tides” or “undertows” – are strong, narrow currents of water that move quickly away from the shore, especially along the coasts of oceans, seas, large lakes, or wherever there are breaking waves. When […]


Serving others through Salute to Life bone marrow registry

  Story and photos by PA3 Corrie Smith The village of Hatteras is a tight-knit Outer Banks community. The type that when bad news hits, it affects everyone. When one of the members of the community, Coast Guard Auxiliarist, friend […]


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