Sitka firefighters Austin Ralls and Rachel Sorokin escort cadets from the Alaska Public Safety Training Academy on a march over the O'Connell Bridge, in honor of the first responders who gave their lives on September 11, 2001. In all, about 70 people participated in the event. (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)
Almost two years after leaving Sitka on an historic 8,000-mile voyage through the Northwest Passage, the USCG Cutter Maple returned to duty with a splash this spring at its new homeport in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The ship assisted NASA in an open-ocean test of its Orion spacecraft.