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U.S. Coast Guard There are a lot more people in our Polar regions as the ice there begi

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 24.02.2018 23:39
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There are a lot more people in our Polar regions as the ice there begins to melt. This increased human activity has required Coast Guard #icebreakers to lead several rescue operations in the #Arctic and #Antarctic. We have to keep our #rescue skills sharp unless we have to rescue a mariner or one of our fellow crew members. We made a big #rescue back in 2015 when 27 fishermen became beset in the ice. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star were in Antarctica to support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed, or @nsfgov, U.S. Antarctic Program. The U.S. Coast Guard is uniquely trained and equipped to operate in the austere and unforgiving environments of the Polar regions. U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.#USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth #Military #USCG

U.S. Coast Guard We are away from #home a lot. When we’re not deployed, we are usuall

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 24.02.2018 07:27
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We are away from #home a lot. When we’re not deployed, we are usually in dry dock away home from because of the age of our cutter. #unitedthroughreading allows us an opportunity to connect with our #children even when we’re deployed. So, this #fridaynight read is dedicated to those little ones who we miss so much and hold so dear. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star were in Antarctica to support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed, or @nsfgov , U.S. Antarctic Program. The U.S. Coast Guard is uniquely trained and equipped to operate in the austere and unforgiving environments of the Polar regions. U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.#USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth #Military #USCG @utr4military

U.S. Coast Guard #tgif Let’s #crush the weekend!  In this video, we are #crushing thr

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 23.02.2018 21:22
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#tgif Let’s #crush the weekend! In this video, we are #crushing through 15-miles of ice sometimes as much as 10-feet thick to re-supply U.S. National Science Foundation, @nsfgov, operations there for an entire year as part of #OperationDeepFreeze. The #USCG presence in the South Pole also promotes security and stability in the Pacific. We’re the only vessel in the U.S. fleet capable of accessing the South Pole and providing year-round access to the Arctic by breaking through ice up to 21-feet thick. #USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth #Military #USCG @pacificcommand @pacificairforce #friday #fridaymood #fridayfun

U.S. Coast Guard @cmgerthmedia asked what CS2 Bingham was baking. Well, here you go! If

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 23.02.2018 18:10
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@cmgerthmedia asked what CS2 Bingham was baking. Well, here you go! If you pause the video just right, you may get her Great Grandma’s #snickerdoodle recipe. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star were in Antarctica to support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed, or @nsfgov , U.S. Antarctic Program. The U.S. Coast Guard is uniquely trained and equipped to operate in the austere and unforgiving environments of the Polar regions. U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.#USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth #Military #USCG @pacificcommand @pacificairforce #baking #bakingcookies #instafood

U.S. Coast Guard Good Night from our #polarstar friend the Weddell Seal. We see lots of

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 23.02.2018 09:21
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Good Night from our #polarstar friend the Weddell Seal. We see lots of wildlife on deployment in #antarctica. It’s one of the perks of serving on our Nation’s only heavy #icebreaker. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star were in Antarctica to support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed, or @nsfgov , U.S. Antarctic Program. The U.S. Coast Guard is uniquely trained and equipped to operate in the austere and unforgiving environments of the Polar regions. U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.#USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth #Military #USCG

U.S. Coast Guard Swim call!!! Oh, wait no. Brrr...Check out this video about our dive t

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 23.02.2018 03:47
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Swim call!!! Oh, wait no. Brrr...Check out this video about our dive team deployed aboard #Polarstar. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star were in Antarctica to support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed, or @nsfgov , U.S. Antarctic Program. The U.S. Coast Guard is uniquely trained and equipped to operate in the austere and unforgiving environments of the Polar regions. U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.#USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth #Military #USCG @pacificcommand

U.S. Coast Guard @nan0sss asked “What’s going on with the red cover?” Well, besid

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 22.02.2018 23:16
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@nan0sss asked “What’s going on with the red cover?” Well, besides looking cool, the red cover started as a source of pride aboard the former Coast Guard Cutter Glacier in the mid 1970s. It is now a right of passage for those who serve aboard icebreakers throughout the Coast Guard. Learn more - http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/02/a-red-hat-for-a-cold-mission/ The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star were in Antarctica to support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed, or @nsfgov , U.S. Antarctic Program. The U.S. Coast Guard is uniquely trained and equipped to operate in the austere and unforgiving environments of the Polar regions. U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen.#USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth #Military #USCG @pacificcommand @pacificairforce

U.S. Coast Guard Ramming our 399-foot cutter into ice over and over again? Yeah, we hav

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 22.02.2018 21:01
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Ramming our 399-foot cutter into ice over and over again? Yeah, we have a job for that... 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 particular set of skills. This is why the Polar Star is one of only two Coast Guard cutters with qualified ice pilots aboard. Ice pilots are responsible for navigating the ship through different types of ice. On their way to Antarctica, ice pilots will first negotiate pack ice—large pieces of floating ice—before reaching the fast ice, which extends out from the shore and is attached to it. Learn More: https://goo.gl/tjTSUQ **** Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Hëyob, a boatswain’s mate and ice pilot, navigates Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star through ice during Operation Deep Freeze 2018, Jan. 31, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star were in Antarctica to support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed, or @nsfgov , U.S. Antarctic Program. The U.S. Coast Guard is uniquely trained and equipped to operate in the austere and unforgiving environments of the Polar regions. U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. #USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth #Military #USCG @pacificcommand @pacificairforce

U.S. Coast Guard You are almost to Friday! Here’s some orcas, aka killer whales, to g

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 22.02.2018 18:13
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You are almost to Friday! Here’s some orcas, aka killer whales, to get you through Thursday. The Coast Guard Cutter #PolarStar breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star is on deployment to Antarctica in support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. #USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth @pacificcommand @pacificairforce @nsfgov

U.S. Coast Guard “love you guys but aren’t you supposed to guard the coast? That’

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 21.02.2018 22:46
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“love you guys but aren’t you supposed to guard the coast? That’s a long way from the coast of the United States [Sic].” - @whatsleftofdave - Great question, and one we get a lot. It probably has to do with the name “Coast Guard,” but it’s a common misconception that we don’t leave the “coast.” The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five U.S. Armed Forces and is a globally deployed force. We have specialized capabilities and authorities that make us an irreplaceable instrument of national security and a critical force multiplier for U.S. combatant commanders. “Coast Guard said WHAT?!?!?!” Yep, you read that right. U.S. Coast Guard units and personnel are assigned to every U.S. Combatant Commander in the world. One of those highly specialized capabilities is Polar icebreaking. No other agency in the U.S. government can do what we do in the ice, and no other agency in government can conduct defense, law enforcement, search and rescue and environmental protection missions simultaneously in the Polar regions. We are currently working for @pacificcommand and @pacificairforce to support the @nsfgov and promote a stable and secure Pacific region. The U.S. Coast Guard protects, defends and saves on any “coast” our Nation needs, and we “guard” against any threats our citizens need us to face. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star were in Antarctica to support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program, but now, we’re making the long trek home to Seattle. #USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth #Military #USCG

U.S. Coast Guard “Aloft Conn” = More than just pretty views...“Aloft Conn” is

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 21.02.2018 18:16
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“Aloft Conn” = More than just pretty views... “Aloft Conn” is a small control center five stories above the highest deck of the #PolarStar, which gives ice pilots an elevated view allowing them to find the best path through the thick #Antarctic ice. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star were in Antarctica to support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed, or @nsfgov , U.S. Antarctic Program. The U.S. Coast Guard is uniquely trained and equipped to operate in the austere and unforgiving environments of the Polar regions. @pacificcommand @pacificairforce U.S. Coast Guard video by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. #USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth #Military #USCG

U.S. Coast Guard The sun has been up since we arrived in #Antarctica. Daylight, 24/7.

McMurdo Station, Antarctica

  • 21.02.2018 07:50
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The sun has been up since we arrived in #Antarctica. Daylight, 24/7. Antarctica has just two seasons: summer and winter. Antarctica has six months of daylight in its summer and six months of darkness in its winter. The seasons are caused by the tilt of Earth's axis in relation to the sun. The direction of the tilt never changes. But as the Earth orbits the sun, different parts of the planet are exposed to direct sunlight. During summer, Antarctica is on the side of Earth tilted toward the sun and is in constant sunlight. In the winter, Antarctica is on the side of Earth tilted away from the sun, causing the continent to be dark. @nsfgov @pacificcommand @pacificairforce The Coast Guard Cutter #PolarStar breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. The crew of the Seattle-based Polar Star is on deployment to Antarctica in support of #OperationDeepFreeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen. #USAP #McMurdo #mcmurdostation #antarcticaexpedition #usantarcticprogram #rosssea #rossiceshelf #77degreessouth