For the crews of Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, it's not all about maritime hoists and landing on mountain ridges. Here a helicopter aircrew practices landing on the fantail of the Coast Guard icebreaker Healy on Southeast Alaskan waters November 24, 2018. Maintaining proficiency in deck-landings on ships at sea is an important part of the training at Air Station Sitka.
Bill Foster won't worry about coming up with an "ice-breaker" at his next party. The former Sitka biology teacher visited Nome this month to witness the Coast Guard Cutter Healy as it escorted the fuel tanker Renda through the pack ice. Foster, who taught in Nome from 1969-1971, says "seeing an ice-breaker at work was on my bucket list."