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As the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the Arctic, the Coast Guard will perform its statutory missions to ensure the Arctic remains a safe, secure and environmentally protected region. The extreme environment and limited infrastructure create unique logistical challenges when conducting operations in the Arctic. To overcome these challenges, Coast Guard personnel are working closely with international, federal, state, local and tribal partners and industry to ensure the protection of our nation’s Arctic interests.

Arctic Shield operations will focus on increased maritime activity around the Seward Peninsula, Bering Strait and the Northern Alaska Continental Shelf.

The Coast Guard is committed to having a presence in the Arctic and kicked off Arctic Shield 2014 with government and tribal engagements in January.

The objectives for Arctic Shield 2014 are to –

1. Seasonally perform select Coast Guard missions and activities in the Arctic.

2. Advance Arctic maritime domain awareness through operations, intelligence and partnerships.

3. Improve preparedness and response capabilities.

4. Test capabilities and refine Arctic resource requirements.

As part of Arctic Shield 2014, the Coast Guard will deploy cutters, aircraft, and personnel to the region to engage in operations encompassing a variety of Coast Guard missions. The Coast Guard will leverage its partnerships and combine efforts to ensure the safety of the maritime community. Operating in the Arctic will also give the Coast Guard an opportunity to exercise its capabilities to ensure the right resources are identified for maritime operations.

The Coast Guard's Arctic Strategy objectives are: improving awareness, broadening partnerships and modernizing governance.

Recommended Web sites: National Strategy For The Arctic Region and Coast Guard Arctic Strategy.

For more information about Coast Guard operations and activities, please visit our information site at or our blog site at



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