USCGC KISKA was commissioned in 1990. She has been stationed in Hilo, HI since commissioning. KISKA relieved USCGC CAPE CROSS (WPB 95321), which served in Hilo from 1987-1990. USCGC CAPE CROSS relieved USCGC CAPE SMALL (WPB 95300), which served in Hilo from 1953-1987. There has been a WPB stationed in Hilo since 1953.
USCGC KISKA gets her name from Kiska Island, which is located in the remote Aleutian Island Chain (part of the state of Alaska). Kiska Island was a battle site in World War II. Kiska Island was captured by Japanese forces and occupied for over a year. Immediately before allied forces invaded Kiska Island to retake it, the occupying Japanese forces evacuated the island, escaping under a shroud of heavy fog. Today, Kiska Island is a National Historic Landmark and is also part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Also, there is an active volcano on Kiska Island.