780 AM | 96.1 FM 


(907) 443-5221

Coast Guard Gears Up For Further Missions in Arctic Region, Operating Out of Kotzebue

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice in the Nome Harbor Jan. 13, 2012. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice in the Nome Harbor Jan. 13, 2012. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard.

Through the use of a forward operating location in Kotzebue, the Coast Guard has begun Arctic Shield 2017.

Arctic Shield, which started on Saturday, involves the Coast Guard deploying cutters, various aircraft and staff to missions from Dutch Harbor, through the Bering Strait, up to the North Slope. Those deployments include crews from the Coast Guard Cutters Healy, Sherman, and others.

In their Kotzebue location, the Coast Guard has pre-staged flight crews from Air Station Kodiak who are prepared to respond to operations in the Arctic region.

Later on this season, the Coast Guard will also participate in Operation Arctic Guardian, which is a multi-agency pollution response exercise hosted in Utqiagvik as a part of Arctic Shield 2017.

Did you enjoy this News story?

Consider supporting our work by becoming a one-time or recurring donor.

Share this story


Recent Posts

A silver / coho salmon, held just out of the water

ADF&G Announces 24 Hour Commercial Fishing Period for Salmon

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has announced that commercial salmon fishing will open in Norton Sound Subdistricts 1-2 and 4-6 for a 24-hour period starting Saturday, July 20. ADF&G hopes to use the window to assess early-season Coho salmon abundance and ensure future management actions are well-informed.

Read More »

July 4: Rick Thoman’s Climate Highlight for Western Alaska

The following is a transcript from Rick Thoman’s weekly “Climate Highlight for Western Alaska” provided to KNOM Radio. Thoman is a Climate Specialist with the Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. As we head into the latter days of July, daylights starting to

Read More »



Work for Us:




(907) 443-5221 


(907) 868-1200 

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that KNOM Radio Mission is located on the customary lands of Indigenous peoples. 

Based in the Bering Strait region, KNOM broadcasts throughout the homelands of the Iñupiaq, Siberian Yup’ik, Cup’ik and Yup’ik peoples.