"1966"
​​​U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar WLB - 403 out of Bristol RI.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutters,
Spar WLB - 206 / and her predecessor, Spar WLB - 403
S​​par wlb - 403 / Spar wlb - 206
​​​Posted on 11 / 1 / 2011
Good morning Tom,
Thank you for your service and continued support of the mighty
​  SPARs, WLB-206 and WLB-403.

We are currently working on setting up a SPAR (WLB-206) website and hope that we can at least link to your sites.
Here is the link to our FLICKR Page:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/coast_guard/sets/72157627881306802/
This will ensure that you have access to our latest and greatest pictures. We will get back to you soon
and thanks again for all that you do for SPAR and the Coast Guard.
Brian
Brian M. Beach, LTjg
Operations Officer
USCGC SPAR (WLB-206)
Posted 10 / 31 / 2011
​New..................Coast Guard / Alaska, Click below.
​​​​Click onto Patches below for access to Wikipedia,
to obtain information on the Spar WLB-206 / Spar WLB-403.

​​The USCGC Spar WLB-206
​at her launch inMarinette,Wisconsin on August 12, 2000.
​She is named after the many women who served in the
U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.
Click onto photo below for more history on the Spar wlb-403.
​​​Coast Guard Cutter Crosses Arctic Circle on Anniversary of Northwest Passage.

​Today the Kodiak based Coast Guard Cutter SPAR is adding to the services rich history of operating in Alaska’s remote northern waters. As a fitting historical reminder the SPAR crossed the Arctic Circle Thursday on the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Northwest Passage by the Cutters Bramble, Storis and original SPAR.AR

In 1957 SPAR 403 conducted oceanographic operations through the Northwest passage. The culmination of this assignment occurred when the Coast Guard Cutters STORIS, BRAMBLE, and SPAR became the first vessels to circumnavigate the North American continent. President Dwight D. Eisenhower sent his personal congratulations for this significant accomplishment. This impressive history was further added to in 1966 when SPAR logged over 17,000 miles and visited such ports as / Argentia Newfoundland, Reykjavik and Kefavick Iceland, Tromso Norway, Denmark Copenhagen, Bremerhagen Germany,Keil canal, Belfast Ireland and Jan Mayen Island, while conducting an oceanographic charting expedition in the Northern Atlantic.

Click below to see on the SPAR WLB-403.
U.S. Coast Guard Spars & Spar-WLB- 403 - Oceanography Survey 
"1966" - by Tom Hough
Click onto logo below to see the Spar wlb-206 on you tube.
Click onto logo below to see the Spar wlb-403 on you tube.

​​U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar wlb-206
Coast Guard Honor -Respect - Devotion to duty.
Veterans Day No. 2, - 11-11-11

​​​I made this video for Olympus Dive Center NC Mike Gerken.
​​​Videos by 2 crew members on the Spar.
USCGC SPAR WLB-206's Videos
2 Videos
1:27

Turning up-swell in the GOA in FEB 07 0:15
SPAR taking a beating
​​Click onto pictures to enlargeThe bridge of the U. S. Coast Guard Cutter SPAR somewhere in the Bering Sea.
​​Click below for a video I made for Douglas Albert Munro. 
​​​Integrated Support Command Kodiak is the largest operating
​Coast Guard base and it’s located
in Kodiak, Alaska. It began as a naval base in 1941 with a Coast Guard detachment in 1947 and was established again as a USCG base in 1972.


​Kodiak is the home port of these ships:
- USCGC Munro (WHEC-724)
- USCGC Alex Haley (WMEC-39)
- USCGC Spar (WLB-206)

Click onto photo below for more information.

Coast Guard Saves Kayakers During Storm
Sara Francis (PA1) of the Coast Guard Kodiak, Alaskashares the story of a rescue of two
Kayakers, and the Coast Guard’s air transport, a MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter.

A jagged rocky coastline stretched out under gray skies and seas. The wind howled at more than 25 mph hurling rain against the exposed
faces of the two figures being tossed about in twenty foot swells. Not another soul in sight for miles…the figures looked south toward
their destination…Homer…about 100 miles away. They had been at sea in individual kayaks for eight
days and had traveled about 100 miles already. Now they were caught in a storm.
A jagged rocky coastline stretched out under gray skies and seas. The wind howled at more than
​ 25 mph hurling rain against the exposed
faces of the two figures being tossed about in twenty foot swells. Not another soul in sight for miles…
​the figures looked south toward
their destination…Homer…about 100 miles away. They had been at sea in individual kayaks for eight
days and had traveled about 100 miles already. Now they were caught in a storm.

Click below to read story.
​​Tuesday, July 13, 2010

​​Poem for the crew of Coast Guard 6017
Flight is freedom
in its purest form,
To dance with the clouds which follow a storm;
To roll and to glide, to wheel and to spin,
To feel the joy that swells within;
To leave the earth with its troubles and fly,
And to know the warmth of a clear spring sky;
Then back to earth at the end of the day,
Released from the tensions which melted away.

Should my end come while I am in flight,
Whether the brightest day or darkest night;
Spare me your pity and shrug off the pain,
Secure in the knowledge that I'd do it again;
For each of us is created to die,
And within me I know.

​U.S. Coast Guard​
Page No. 22​
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​​​The USCGC Spar (WLB-403) was a 180-foot (55 m) sea going buoy tender. An Iris class vessel, she was built by Marine Ironworks and Shipbuilding Corporation in Duluth, Minnesota. Spar's preliminary design was completed by the United States Lighthouse Service and the final design was produced by Marine Iron and Shipbuilding Corporation in Duluth. On 13 September 1943 the keel was laid, she was launched on 2 November 1942 and commissioned on 12 June 1944. The original cost for the hull and machinery was $865,941.

​​Click onto the picture at left for information on the Spar wlb-206
Click onto the picture at right for information on the Spar wlb-403.

​​​​Unit Description
The keel for 225’ Oceangoing Buoy Tender USCGC SPAR (WLB 206), was laid on December 15, 1999 at Marinette Marine Shipyard in Wisconsin. SPAR was launched on August 12, 2000 and made the trip from Marinette Wisconsin to Kodiak AK from March to June 2001. She was commissioned on August 3, 2001. The 225' WLB is equipped with a single controllable pitch propeller, bow and stern thrusters which give the cutter the maneuverability it needs to tend buoys offshore and in restricted waters. SPAR’s operational area includes all the Aleutian Islands, earning her the name “The Aleutian Keeper.”
Click onto patch below for more information.