Coast Guard

BREAKING: Suspicious package found at Nick’s Auto Wrecking and Salvage, FBI bomb squad to respond

Authorities sealed off the area around a Kodiak salvage yard Friday afternoon. Military and law enforcement personnel investigated what they described as a suspicious device in a scrap yard dumpster in Bell’s Flats. Coast Guard Petty Officer Lexie Preston says the Coast Guard Investigative Service and Alaska State Troopers had responded to Nick’s Auto Wrecking and Salvage. “The Coast Guard …

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Coast Guard conducts joint exercise with Japanese military near Dutch Harbor

Joint maneuvers between the U.S. Coast Guard and Japanese military were held recently in the Aleutians. A statement from the Coast Guard on Saturday says Dutch Harbor hosted the Japanese Military Special Defense Force training vessel Kashima along with the U.S. cutter Kimball. The two crews performed a uniformed salute at sea, as part of a ceremony rendering honors to …

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Coast Guard encounters Chinese warships in Alaska fishing grounds

The U.S. Coast Guard reported encountering Chinese warships within 50 miles of the Aleutian Islands this past August during patrols in the Arctic and Bering Sea. A statement from the Coast Guard says two National Security Cutters and an icebreaker encountered a Chinese guided missile cruiser, guided missile destroyer, intelligence ship and an auxiliary vessel over the last four days …

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Earthquake may have triggered sunken fishing vessel to spill diesel off Kodiak Island

Ships deploy a boom in Women’s Bay on August 12 to contain a 300-foot sheen believed to be from shipwreck disturbed by July 28’s massive earthquake some 260 miles away. (Photo by Judy Heller via KMXT) by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska A shipwreck from decades ago has begun leaking diesel fuel off Kodiak Island. Environmental officials suspect last month’s massive earthquake could have disturbed …

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Coast Guard inspectors complete two-week deployment to Bristol Bay

After a two-week deployment to Bristol Bay, Coast Guard inspectors in the Marine Safety Task Force returned to Anchorage late June, according to a Coast Guard press release. They were conducting missions to support the commercial fishing season. Coast Guard law enforcement teams conducted boardings and enforced maritime law throughout the Bristol Bay region. Coast Guard inspectors also conducted 370 …

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Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returns to homeport in Kodiak after 52-day patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returned to homeport in Kodiak Tuesday after a 52-day patrol in the Bering Sea, according to a Coast Guard press release. During the patrol, the Alex Haley assisted in search-and rescue missions and enforced maritime law along the Aleutian chain.  The Alex Haley conducted 17 law enforcement boardings, and patrolled along the US Exclusive …

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Coast Guard opens forward operating location Kotzebue for the season

Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak crews opened their forward operating location in Kotzebue, according to a Coast Guard press release this morning. Forward operating locations such as the one in Kotzebue allow the Coast Guard to reduce their response time to Alaska’s northwestern coast. Helicopters and equipment are transferred up in Summer months. This year, the forward operating location will …

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Air Station Kodiak helicopter crews perform two rescues in 24 hours

Wednesday night was a busy shift for Air Station Kodiak helicopter crews. According to two different press releases, Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews responded to a rescue Wednesday evening and Thursday morning. The first press release details a rescue in which five hunters were stranded for four days on an ice pack near Cape Espenberg, nearly 30 miles …

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