Coast Guard continues response to airplane collision near Ketchikan

May 14, 2019 – The Coast Guard, partner agencies and Good Samaritans continue to respond to the report of two aircrafts colliding and are searching for two poeple in the vicinity of George Inlet near Ketchikan, Alaska, Tuesday. Ten people were rescued and are receiving medical care. Four people are confirmed deceased. The nationalities of the people from both planes are 14 Americans, one Canadian and one Australian. Commercial divers dove on the submerged Otter float plane Monday night and located one deceased individual. The Coast Guard is searching with…

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USS Zumwalt Makes Port Call in Ketchikan

March 25, 2019 – The lead ship of the U.S. Navy’s newest class of destroyers, USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), arrived in Ketchikan March 23. It is believed the Zumwalt visit is in conjunction with trials in the Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC). “My crew is excited for this outstanding opportunity to visit Ketchikan,” said Capt. Andrew Carlson, Zumwalt’s commanding officer. “Alaska is a strategic location when it comes to maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, and we value Alaskan communities like Ketchikan for their consistent support of…

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The Quiet Waters of Southeast Alaska

By Kelley Stirling NSWC Carderock Division December 11, 2018 – Most people tire of their long commutes to work. Driving in a car in stop-and-go traffic for an hour can get old, but it’s something that most people just get used to. In Ketchikan, Alaska, the commute to the Navy’s Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC) is a little different; a 20-minute car ride, followed by a 10-minute boat ride to Back Island is what a person has to get used to. “Rather than planes, trains and automobiles, it’s planes,…

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Undersea Rescue Command completes submarine rescue exercise off Alaska

November 5, 2018 – Undersea Rescue Command (URC) and the Virginia-class fast-attack submarine USS Texas (SSN 775) completed a submarine rescue exercise Oct. 27-31, at the Navy’s Southeast Alaska Acoustic Measurement Facility (SEAFAC) off the coast of Ketchikan. “The exercise demonstrated the Navy’s ability to conduct an underwater rescue of a submerged submarine in an unfamiliar environment,” said Cmdr. Michael Eberlein, commanding officer of URC. “Additionally, this shows the Navy’s ability to render aid to distressed submariners from any nation that requests our assistance.” Akin to humanitarian aid/disaster response (HA/DR)…

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Coast Guard commissions Fast Response Cutter John McCormick in Ketchikan, Alaska

April 12, 2017 – The Coast Guard commissioned the fast response cutter John McCormick during a ceremony in Ketchikan, Wednesday. The ceremony took place at Base Ketchikan and was presided by Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Charles Michel, and attended by Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, USCG 17th District commander, and Capt. Shannan Greene, Sector Juneau commander. “Coast Guard men and women have been serving proudly in Alaska for 150 years,” said McAllister.  “We welcome the Coast Guard Cutter John McCormick and look forward to employing the capabilities of…

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PCU John McCormick Maiden Arrival in Ketchikan

March 17, 2017 – PCU John McCormick (WPC-1121) and its crew arrived to their homeport at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, Friday afternoon after completing a 6,200-mile trip from Key West, Florida. The John McCormick is the first fast response cutter on the West Coast and will provide increased capabilities compared to the smaller 110-foot patrol boats it is replacing.  “We are pleased to welcome the crew of the new Fast Response Cutter John McCormick to the Ketchikan community,” said Capt. Shannan Greene, commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “The new cutter and its crew will provide…

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Tug Ocean Eagle Under Tow to Ketchikan

March 5, 2017 – Commercial tugs are towing the tug Ocean Eagle to Ketchikan for repairs, Sunday, following its grounding at Mariposa Reef in Sumner Strait, Thursday. The Ocean Eagle’s barge was towed to Sitka where a Marine Inspector is conducting additional damage assessments before the barge continues its planned voyage. Brusco Tug & Barge, the owner of Ocean Eagle, contracted Alaska Commercial Divers to conduct underwater hull surveys of both the tug and barge in Alvin Cove after the grounding. Temporary repairs were made by the divers to cracks…

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Bollinger Delivers Future USCGC Bailey Barco

February 8, 2017 – The Coast Guard took delivery on February 7, 2017 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Ketchikan, Alaska in June, 2017. “We are pleased to announce the delivery of the latest FRC, the USCGC BAILEY BARCO,” said Ben Bordelon, Bollinger President & C.E.O. This FRC built by Bollinger Shipyards will join the USCGC JOHN MCCORMICK stationed in the 17th Coast Guard District in Ketchikan, Alaska and will defend our Nation’s interests in the Alaskan maritime region. FRCs already in commission stationed…

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