Fleet Week Seattle Returns After Two-Year Hiatus

Destroyer USS John Paul Jones (DDG 53) and Cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), Royal Canadian navy Kingston-class coastal defense vessels HMCS Saskatoon (MM 709) and Yellowknife (MM 706), and USCGC Henry Blake (WLM 563) participated in a parade of ships, August 1, the grand entry to kick off Fleet Week Seattle 2022. Fleet Week Seattle is a time-honored celebration…

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USS Whidbey Island Decommissions at Little Creek

Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship namesake, USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) held a decommissioning ceremony at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. on July 22 before its inactivation next month. The ship’s decommissioning ceremony was held on the quay wall, alongside the moored USS Whidbey Island. The ceremony was attended by nine of her previous Commanding Officers and over…

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Healy Completes Circumnavigation of North America

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB 20) returned to their Seattle homeport November 20th following a 22,000-mile, 133-day deployment circumnavigating North America. The crew aboard Healy, a 420-ft. medium icebreaker, provided U.S. surface presence in the Arctic, supported high-latitude oceanographic research missions, participated in an international search-and-rescue exercise, and engaged in passing exercises with surface vessels from the U.S. Navy,…

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Polar Star’s 25th Deployment for Operation Deep Freeze

The United States’ only heavy icebreaker departed its homeport in Seattle November 13th with a crew of 159 U.S. Coast Guard men and women and is heading toward Antarctica. This year marks Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star’s 25th journey to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze, an annual joint military mission to resupply the United States Antarctic stations in…

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USS Fort McHenry Decommissions After 33 Years of Service

March 27, 2021 – The Whidbey Island-class dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry (LSD 43) held a small, COVID-conscious decommissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport, Florida on March 27 before inactivation which will occur in April. Rear Adm. Robert Katz, commander, Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 2 presided over the ceremony, which included the remaining ship’s crew and several of its…

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USCGC Polar Star Home from Arctic Waters

February 20, 2021 – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) returned to its homeport in Seattle Saturday following a months-long Arctic deployment to defend the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region, develop future Arctic sailors, and gather high-latitude scientific data. The 45-year-old heavy icebreaker’s crew spent a majority of the patrol operating in the Bering and Chukchi…

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USCGC Polar Star Deploys to Arctic Waters

December 4, 2020 – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) departed Friday for a months-long deployment to the Arctic to protect the nation’s maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region. The 44-year-old heavy icebreaker will project power and support national security objectives throughout Alaskan waters and into the Arctic, including along the Maritime Boundary Line between the United States…

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Seattle’s Naval Shore Station opens at the foot of Washington Street on July 3, 1920

HistoryLink.org Essay 10931 On July 3, 1920, the City of Seattle opens a Naval Shore Station at the foot of Washington Street. Built for use by naval vessels, the station also acts as moorage for the city’s harbor patrol. Fronted by a wide wrought-iron pergola, the slip provides more than 300 feet of berthage. In the 1970s, the aging pergola…

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Polar Star Returns From Antarctic

March 25, 2020 – The 150-member crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star returned Wednesday to their homeport of Seattle following a 123-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze. This mission marks the Polar Star’s 23rd journey to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze, an annual joint military service mission to resupply the United…

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