Welcome to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley website. We hope the information contained will answer your questions, provide a glimpse of the proud history of the ship, and assist you if you're headed our way to join the officers and crew of "The Bulldog of the Bering".
The capabilities of Alex Haley are unique and ideal for safely accomplishing the many missions in service to the Coast Guard and the Nation. Our primary missions are: Homeland Security, Search and Rescue, and International and Domestic Fisheries Enforcement. While originally designed by the Navy for rescue and salvage, the changes made since the Coast Guard received the ship have made Alex Haley ideally suited for our primary operations area of the Bering Sea and other Alaskan waters. The original design resulted in a very stable ship that rides well in heavy seas. As the largest and newest Medium Endurance Cutter in the Coast Guard's fleet, those that serve aboard quickly realize the ship is ideally suited for our operations. The continuing investment by the Coast Guard in a long list of improvements (including berthing area upgrades and new equipment) will serve to better Alex Haley and provide an even safer working environment for the professional men and women that are the heart of Alex Haley.
Our homeport of Kodiak is another fascinating plus for those personnel selected to serve aboard. Alaska is often called "The Last Frontier" and with good reason. Life is sometimes challenging with long winter days with only about eight hours of daylight, high winds, plenty of rain, and usually a few good snows that make studded snow tires, ice cleats, and a positive attitude important to a successful tour. On the plus side, the summers on "The Emerald Isle" are worth the wait. Fishing, hunting, hiking, boating, and long summer days with only about 5 hours of darkness are ideal for those that love the outdoors. Family living on Kodiak is some of the best in the United States. Very low crime, good schools, on base facilities include a Commissary, Exchange, movie theater, bowling alley, modern gym with an indoor pool, a Wal-Mart in town (only 8 miles away) and plenty of activities all year round for children make being stationed here a place that most families don't want to leave.