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The Female Trailblazers of the Coast Guard

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2018-04-13 16:43:00

[By William H. Thiesen, Ph.D., Coast Guard Atlantic Area historian] Don’t be a Spare; be a SPAR. Release a fighting Coast Guardsman for combat; train at the Palm Beach Biltmore; wear clothes designed by Mainbocher. Apply nearest Coast Guard office....

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Cadets Create App to Reduce Whale Strikes

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2018-03-27 16:51:00

Only about 430 right whales remain, and scientists predict that the species will be extinct by 2040. In the last two years, 35 right whales were found dead, with only five new calves being born in the 2016 to 2017 birthing season. Throughout...

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Breaking Ice on the 41-Year-Old Polar Star

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2018-03-16 17:29:00

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star deploys to Antarctica every year to break ice and create a navigable channel. That channel allows supply ships to reach the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station to make crucial deliveries. Achieving mission success in Antarctica relies on many variables. Capt....

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Ice Diving in Antarctica

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2018-02-28 15:06:00

Deploying to the most remote continent on Earth requires a ship to be self-sufficient. If an underwater issue arises, it’s necessary to have skilled divers who can inspect the problem and make a report to the command. It’s for this...

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The U.S. Coast Guard's Ice Pilots

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2018-02-23 18:18:00

Each year when the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star visits Antarctica, its crew faces a unique challenge. Creating a navigable channel through a frozen sea to the National Science’s Foundation’s (NSF) McMurdo Station, where the ice is up to 10 feet thick, requires a...

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The History of African-Americans in Coast Guard Combat

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2018-02-09 22:14:00

[By William H. Thiesen, Historian, Coast Guard Atlantic Area] In 228 years of Coast Guard history, African-Americans have been the first minority group to fight and the first to sacrifice. During the early years of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, many...

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U.S. Coast Guard Offers Two Years' Tuition at Hampton College

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2018-02-07 21:20:00

How can the Coast Guard recruit and maintain a proficient, self-motivated and adaptable workforce in today’s world? “It is simple: we build a diverse workforce,” explained Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “Why? Because diversity adds value. Cultivating a workforce that reflects...

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The Merchant Tanker that was Built to Fight

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2018-02-02 17:35:00

[By William Thiesen, Ph.D., Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian] During World War II, the U.S. Navy operated a number of armed merchant ships, or “Q-ships,” in the Battle of the Atlantic. Q-ships were heavily armed merchant ships whose guns were hidden so that they...

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USCG Cutter James Leads the Way

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2018-01-19 21:08:00

The crew of the new Coast Guard Cutter James have earned the Capt. Hopley Yeaton Outstanding Cutter Award. In only two patrols, James and her crew interdicted 22 drug smuggling vessels, seized 16.8 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated value of $560 million, and apprehended...

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Polar Star Begins the Annual McMurdo Station Breakout

By U.S. Coast Guard News 2018-01-12 15:06:34

Antarctica. It’s an ice desert full of wonder, mystique and beauty. Its harsh conditions are home to a select few animal species and a few hundred researchers and support personnel, and occasionally, the 150 crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar...

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