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The United States Coast Guard Cutter Mellon arrives in Kodiak, AK. The Mellon is currently homeported in Seattle, WA. She once was homeported at Base Sand Island, Oahu, HI before swapping with the Cutter Munro. Alaska scenery provides spectacular backdrops for the cutters and the cutters have an important history in Alaskan waters. Many a periled fisherman and mariner have the USCG to thank for their lives.

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Mellon arrives in Alaska, as the light of day fades May The Mellon is a high endurance.

USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720) (pre-FRAM) - served aboard her 1980 -  1982. This photo is one I took of a postcard from the ship's store, and as I recall, it shows her in the bay just after departure from Kodiak Island. My first ship.

USCGC Sherman (pre-FRAM) - served aboard her 1980 - This photo is one I took of a postcard from the ship's store, and as I recall, it shows her in the bay just after departure from Kodiak Island.

The United States Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea. WAGB 11.  There are times when you are the trail blazer.  The Ice Breaker is opening a path for shipping to the open sea.

The United States Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea. WAGB There are times when you are the trail blazer. The Ice Breaker is opening a path for shipping to the open sea.

"OPERATION DEEP FREEZE -- 1963.  The 269-ft., 6,515 ton U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker EASTWIND rips open a channel through frozen McMurdo Sound for cargo ships carrying personnel, equipment, and supplies for scientific stations in the [sic] Antarctica.  In some areas the ice is 10 to 20 feet thick."    Photo No. 6082; date/photographer unknown.    The Eastwind became the first cutter to ever circumnavigate the globe.

"OPERATION DEEP FREEZE -- 1963. The 269-ft., 6,515 ton U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker EASTWIND rips open a channel through frozen McMurdo Sound for cargo ships carrying personnel, equipment, and supplies for scientific stations in the [sic] Antarctica. In some areas the ice is 10 to 20 feet thick." Photo No. 6082; date/photographer unknown. The Eastwind became the first cutter to ever circumnavigate the globe.

USCGC Blackthorn (WLB 391) Profile

USCGC Blackthorn (WLB 391) Profile

US Coast Guard Cutter MESQUITE (WLB-305) - rather a black mark on the Coast Guard's reputation, the Mesquite is a good reminder not to let anything become routine. In December 4, 1989, the Mesquite grounded on a reef off the Keeweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior, ironically, it was there to replace the navigational buoy that marked that very reef. After several hours of trying to free the vessel, the crew reluctantly abandoned ship. Semper Paratus...?

US Coast Guard Cutter MESQUITE (WLB-305) - rather a black mark on the Coast Guard's reputation, the Mesquite is a good reminder not to let anything become routine. In December 4, 1989, the Mesquite grounded on a reef off the Keeweenaw Peninsula in Lake Superior, ironically, it was there to replace the navigational buoy that marked that very reef. After several hours of trying to free the vessel, the crew reluctantly abandoned ship. Semper Paratus...?

The U. S. Coast Guard in action off Sitka, Alaska.  The Coast Guard is the most fantastic organization and I was proud to have served with many professional men and women for over 30 years. - Photo by Willy G

Coast Guard in action off Sitka, Alaska. The Coast Guard is the most fantastic organization and I was proud to have served with many professional men and women for over 30 years. - Photo by Willy G

The Coast Guard has roles in maritime homeland security, maritime law enforcement (MLE), search & rescue (SAR), marine environmental protection (MEP), & the maintenance of river, intracoastal & offshore aids to navigation (ATON).

The Coast Guard has roles in maritime homeland security, maritime law…

USCG Cutter Valiant. Soon to be Greg's home away from home.

USCG Cutter Valiant. Soon to be Greg's home away from home.

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Pinner: I remember putting the "sleek white needle of death" (USCGC Morgenthau WHEC back into the water, 23 years ago :-)

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