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Biden Nominates Adm. Linda Fagan to Head Coast Guard, First Woman to Lead Armed Service

Biden Nominates Adm. Linda Fagan to Head Coast Guard, First Woman to Lead Armed Service

Vice Adm. Linda Fagan is promoted to the rank of admiral during a ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters, June 18, 2021. US Coast Guard Photo

This post has been updated with a statement from Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The Biden administration has nominated Adm. Linda Fagan to lead the U.S. Coast Guard, a defense official told USNI News on Tuesday. Fagan, currently the Coast Guard’s vice commandant, will be the first woman to lead a U.S. armed service. Read More

Coast Guard Weathering Cutter Production Delays as More Coasties Head to Sea

Coast Guard Weathering Cutter Production Delays as More Coasties Head to Sea

Adm. Karl Schultz, the commandant of the Coast Guard, speaks to attendees at the 2022 West conference in San Diego, Feb. 18, 2022. US Coast Guard Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The top Coast Guard officer remains optimistic at the pace of expanding the fleet of cutters despite delays in design and construction that have pushed back the expected delivery date of the first new polar icebreaker. Read More

White House Taps Vice Adm. Linda Fagan for Coast Guard Vice Commandant

White House Taps Vice Adm. Linda Fagan for Coast Guard Vice Commandant

Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, Pacific Area Commander, drops in on chief’s call with Pacific Area Command Master Chief Heath Jones aboard Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB-10) on Sept. 16, 2019. US Coast Guard Photo

The Biden administration has tapped Vice Adm. Linda Fagan to serve as the Coast Guard’s new vice commandant, a promotion that would make her the service’s first woman to receive four stars, the Coast Guard announced today. Read More

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Bound for the Arctic in December

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Bound for the Arctic in December

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star breaks ice in McMurdo Sound near Antarctica on Jan. 13, 2018. US Coast Guard Photo

For the first time in almost five decades, the Coast Guard’s heavy icebreaker won’t be supporting Antarctic scientific missions in coming months but will operate instead the Arctic near Alaska, the ice breaker’s commander said recently. Read More

Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy Suffers Fire on Arctic Mission; All Arctic Operations Cancelled

Coast Guard Icebreaker Healy Suffers Fire on Arctic Mission; All Arctic Operations Cancelled

Coast Guard Cutter Healy conducts their Arctic West Summer 2018 science mission with the northern lights visible above the ship while in the Arctic Ocean, Nov. 12, 2018. US Coast Guard Photo

A Coast Guard icebreaker is cutting short a research mission to the Arctic after suffering a fire while underway on Aug. 18, the Coast Guard announced on Tuesday. Read More

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Breaks Out McMurdo Station in Antarctica

Coast Guard Icebreaker Polar Star Breaks Out McMurdo Station in Antarctica

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star moves through pack ice Dec. 28, 2019, about 200 miles north of McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The 43-year-old Polar Star is the nation’s only heavy icebreaker. This year marks the 64th iteration of the operation known as Operation Deep Freeze. U.S. Coast Guard photograph

The nation’s only heavy icebreaker USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) finished bashing a 23-mile channel through pack ice on Wednesday to reach the National Science Foundation’s research facility, McMurdo Station, in Antarctica.

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McMurdo Station Expansion Relies on Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker

McMurdo Station Expansion Relies on Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker

USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) off McMurdo Sound near McMurdo Station, a United States Antarctic research center in 2018. US Air Force Photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – For the next several years, the Coast Guard’s only heavy icebreaker will lead the annual Antarctic resupply mission as the service develops its new class of icebreaker.

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