Marine Safety

The Offshore Patrol Cutter: Honoring the Past, Securing the Future

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:02
The Offshore Patrol Cutter - the Coast Guard’s highest investment priority – will provide the Coast Guard with a renewed level of presence and effectiveness in the offshore environment.
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Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Eyes in the sky

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Mon, 08/14/2017 - 10:44
Unmanned aircraft do not have a long, storied history like the Coast Guard. But they already play a role in one of the Coast Guard’s earliest missions – guarding against illicit trade.
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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: YN3 Dominique Rogers

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 08:00
Football, America’s pastime conjures up thoughts of rivalries, college, good food, better friends, and of course Super Bowl. We cry when our team is defeated and rejoice as if each win is our own. Some people dream of being the star player and some dream of being the star player’s coach. Petty Officer 3rd Class Dominique Rogers, a yeoman at the Coast Guard Academy, is living that dream right now coaching the Philadelphia Eagles after being awarded the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship.
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The Long Blue Line: Coxswain Bob Canavan’s deadly odyssey at Guadalcanal 75 years ago

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:52
Coast Guard personnel serving at Guadalcanal received dozens of medals for heroism and devotion to duty, making the island campaign one of the most honored Coast Guard combat operations in service history. Coast Guardsmen like Robert Canavan lived up to the service’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. Canavan was a member of the long blue line and returned to his hometown of Chicago after surviving one of the greatest tests of luck and physical endurance in the annals of Coast Guard history
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#CG227: Advancing equality in the weapon’s specialty

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Wed, 08/09/2017 - 08:00
During a ceremony in late June, Chief Petty Officer Crystal Martens became the first female gunner’s mate to be promoted to chief warrant officer (WEPS) in the weapons specialty. The gunner’s mate rate is one of the oldest in the Coast Guard however it didn’t see it’s first female chief petty officer until 2011 and the first female senior chief wasn’t advanced until 2014. Martens’s recent accomplishment highlights the strides women continue to make while serving in the armed forces.
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Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Spotlight: 3-D Printing

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 08/08/2017 - 08:00
For the average person, tracking down a spare part is merely an annoyance. But for the crew of a Coast Guard cutter, the availability of spare parts can be important to mission completion or greatly affect their work environment. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, is currently studying how the use of 3-D printing technology might improve mission readiness through logistical support.
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President Trump’s birthday message to the Coast Guard

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 08/04/2017 - 09:04
The Coast Guard celebrates 227 years by honoring the past and securing the future. President Donald Trump is helping us celebrate this milestone with this personal birthday letter to the Coast Guard, which honors the men, women and families of the Coast Guard.
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The Long Blue Line: the Nation’s first fleet, today’s Offshore Patrol Cutters

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 08:00
On Aug. 4, 1790, President George Washington signed legislation establishing a maritime force simply called “the cutters” or “the system of cutters.” Thus was born the United States Revenue Cutter Service, known today as the U.S. Coast Guard. Today, the Coast Guard will embark on a new class of cutters designed to serve a multi-mission role: Offshore Patrol Cutters.
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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Ken Smith, George Gray Award winner

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:55
Two women in operational dress uniforms and life vests stand on the bow of a Coast Guard response vessel, holding lengths of yellow rope attached to a bright orange ball. Their faces are steely-eyed in determination – they know the line they handle is a lifeline for someone in distress; a connection, a hope for survival. It is this image Coast Guard painter Ken Smith captured that earned him the 2017 George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence. His “Lifeline” painting was inspired by his time spent with crew members from Coast Guard Station Emerald Isle in Beaufort, North Carolina, last summer.
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The Long Blue Line: Robert Goldman and the LST-66 kamikaze crash

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 14:30
Goldman was an ordinary man who performed extraordinary feats despite his own wounds and suffering. For the rest of his life, he would carry with him the scars, both inside and out, from that fateful day in November 1944. He was one of countless Coast Guard men and women who have gone in harm’s way to serve others. His efforts testify to the service’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.
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Tracking mysterious oil in New Bedford Harbor, Mass.

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:37
Since 2016, more than 70 oil sheens were reported in the water between New Bedford and Fairhaven. In most cases, no one has stepped forward to claim responsibility. But the team at U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment, New Bedford, is determined to track down those sources and restore the health of the waterfront.
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Adm. Zukunft testifies at House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 14:11
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared today before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation to discuss acquisition programs and modernizing the force. In addressing the subcommittee, the Commandant discussed the Coast Guard’s unique authorities and its ability to bridge gaps and create opportunities. Not only is the Coast Guard an armed service that advances national security objectives, it also executes the President’s national security and economic prosperity priorities.
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Drifting in the dark

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 08:00
Two Coast Guard members diving off Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, lost their vessel, along with their emergency position indicating radio beacon, marine radio and cell phones. With a flashlight and a filed float plan, the two were safely found and brought to shore after 4 1/2 hours drifting in the water.
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Service above self: Lt. James “Jimmy” Eugene Crotty

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 12:34
Lt. James Crotty was recently remembered by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Philippine coast guard in a ceremony commemorating his efforts to defend Corregidor, May 9, 2017. While his story is not well known, he is single handedly responsible for the inclusion of the Philippine Defense Battle Streamer adorning the Coast Guard ensign. Lt. James “Jimmy” Eugene Crotty should be remembered for his bravery, his willingness to serve his fellow man and his enduring positivity in the face of defeat, loss and ultimate sacrifice.
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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Karen Loew, Coast Guard artist

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 08:32
Karen Loew’s “Migrants at Sea” was one of 33 artworks accepted into the 2017 Coast Guard Art Program (COGAP) collection. The collection went on display July 16 at New York’s Salmagundi Club and will remain on display through July 28. COGAP uses fine art to showcase the Coast Guard’s missions to a vast audience.
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The Long Blue Line: War zone operations of buoy tender Walnut in Operation Iraqi Freedom

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:53
Units and personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have served with distinction in every major American conflict and 2003’s Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) proved no exception to this rule. In OIF, the Coast Guard excelled in its specialties of port security, coastal and environmental security, and maritime interdiction operations. At the height of combat operations, 1,250 Coast Guard personnel served in OIF. Coast Guard vessels and land-based personnel brought many vital capabilities to the theater of operations, including aids-to-navigation.
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