USCG and CCG work together to assist a vessel through an icy waterway.

Great Lakes Ice-Breaking is a Team Effort

The Ninth District is proud to be part of the team effort meeting the challenge of a record season in Great Lakes ice-breaking operations. Working with the Canadian Coast Guard and members of the shipping industry throughout the region, our […]


Coast Guard cutters get “dressed up” for 4th of July

  There are 10 cutters homeported in the Great Lakes. These cutters conduct maintain aids to navigation, enforce laws, help clean the environment, keep our homeland secure and rescue boaters in distress. Most of the year the ships are out […]


10 things that make the Great Lakes Coast Guard unique

1. We don’t get a summer or winter break Operational seasonality is an on-going reality for all Coast Guardsmen who call the Great Lakes home. Just as the summer months bring a hectic schedule due to increased search-and-rescue and law […]


Detroit-based Coast Guard Chief finds Great Lakes a photographers paradise

Josh Bozarth, a Chief Petty Officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, joined the Coast Guard to pay for college and to get a sense of greater responsibility. He never thought that the Coast Guard would open the door […]


Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay breaking ice. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Operation Taconite

Written by LTJG Stephanie Young, U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs When we last checked in with Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay they were working day and night to finish up the largest buoy retrieval operation in the nation. There is […]


Ninth District “BRAVO ZULU” to the USCGC Penobscot Bay

>We would like to extend a BRAVO ZULU to the United States Coast Guard cutter Penobscot Bay. The Bayonne, N.J.-based, 140-foot ice breaking cutter departed Cleveland, and the Great Lakes, on April 4, 2010, after a more than 90-day temporary […]


Photo from the field: For those who thought icebreaking was easy

> Today’s photo comes courtesy of Chief Warrant Officer Jon Wiedemann, Engineering Officer on the Coast Guard Cutter Bristol Bay, which was performing a direct icebreaking assist for the Laker Herbert C. Jackson along the St. Clair River Jan. 21. […]


Guest post: A stroll down memory lane with the Queen of the Lakes

>Take a stroll down memory lane with Coast Guard Reservist John Masson, a PA1 assigned to the Ninth District Public Affairs Office, on his recent visit to the decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, now moored in Mackinaw City, Mich. Here […]


From the field: A sure sign of spring

>I know, I know, winter’s over for most of the Great Lakes. However, parts of Lake Superior remain in winter’s grasp long after spring has sprung else where in the Ninth Coast Guard District. That’s why today’s post comes from […]


Breaking the Ice; Success Through Teamwork and Partnerships

>We are just a couple of days away from calling “game over” for the 2008/2009 Great Lakes Icebreaking Season. As a newcomer to the Great Lakes, I can honestly say I was taken aback by the magnitude of the teamwork, […]


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