Marine Safety

Vermont native takes on the Arctic ice

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Mon, 10/22/2018 - 13:31
When Shannon Eubanks graduated high school in Barton, Vermont, she did so surrounded by people she had grown up with for years. Little did she know at the time, she would later surround herself with a similar close-knit group of people on a polar icebreaker in the Arctic Ocean. Each summer, Eubanks deploys in the Arctic with a team of scientists to assist them in conducting scientific research. As a boatswain’s mate aboard the ship, she is in charge of piloting the ship’s small boats, standing watch on the ship’s bridge and supervising a small workforce of enlisted members. With the lives and safety of her fellow shipmates at stake, it’s a responsibility Eubanks doesn’t take lightly.
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Coast Guard icebreaker crew completes second 2018 Arctic mission

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 15:26
The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy completed their second mission of their Arctic West Summer 2018 deployment Thursday, Oct. 18. Mission 1802 was a scientific mission to study stratified ocean dynamics in the Arctic (SODA) for the Office of Naval Research. Healy is one of two icebreakers in U.S. service that serves American interests in the region helping us better understand, plan and prepare for increased human activity.
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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Aaron Black

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 10/19/2018 - 14:49
Lt. j.g. Aaron Black answered the call for help when a shipmate he had only met once asked for help after Hurricane Michael tore through his neighborhood outside Panama City Beach, Florida. Black and other officers from Coast Guard flight school in Pensacola brought tools, fuel, water and food, and helped patch four roofs, cleared debris and damaged trees from the roads and yards. Black and his team's selfless acts and tireless dedication made a true impact to his shipmate and others in the neighborhood.
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The Long Blue Line: Cuyahoga – gone for 40 years, not forgotten

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 10/18/2018 - 14:52
Coast Guard Cutter Cuyahoga began its career enforcing Prohibition laws and interdicting offshore liquor smugglers in 1926. It career ended as an Officer Candidate School teaching platform after a collision with a 521-foot bulk carrier in Chesapeake Bay in 1978. The Coast Guard will be honoring its fallen shipmates in ceremonies at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, and at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, Virginia, Oct. 19-20, 2018 - 40 years after its sinking.
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How the Coast Guard supports maritime commerce and the ship-building industry

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 10/16/2018 - 08:49
The U.S. Coast Guard works with the ship-building industry to evaluate safety and security of ships as well as ensure safety of life at sea for workers and those of the port and waterways of the U.S. With the increasing demand on maritime trade, the Coast Guard has published the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook that establishes three lines of effort. Check out the blog to learn more.
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Communication and connectivity following Mangkhut: A Rescue 21 story

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Mon, 10/15/2018 - 15:14
Category 5 Typhoon Mangkhut recently impacted the islands of Guam and Rota, a commonwealth of the U.S. It plunged 80 percent of Guam into darkness and all of Rota, flooded areas and destroyed aids to navigation and damaged the Rescue 21 VHF and microwave radio sites in Guam and Rota. The U.S. Coast Guard sent supplies and crews to Rota to provide aid to the community and repair and restore power to the radio sites that are used to listen for distress calls throughout the Mariana Islands. Read here to learn more about the Rescue 21 system and how this 21st century technology assists these small Pacific islands.
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Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Night vision devices evaluation

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 10/09/2018 - 12:48
The Coast Guard Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program on behalf of the Office of Boat Forces recently completed a research project on newer night vision technology. As a result of that project, CG-731 developed policy and training that allows qualified Coast Guard pursuit coxswains operating the Coast Guard’s over the horizon cutter boats to use night vision technology in the execution of their missions.
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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: First Class Cadet Evan Twarog

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 10/05/2018 - 11:33
Through his own initiative to learn more about geospatial science and geographic information systems, First Class Cadet Evan Twarog learned about crisis mapping and how it can help during emergencies. During Hurricane Harvey, Twarog began working on taking posts from social media asking for help and placing them on a map to give first responders a location to search.
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The Long Blue Line: Minots Ledge Lighthouse – the deadly “Lover’s Light”

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 10/04/2018 - 09:59
On April 17, 1851, the newly constructed lighthouse at Minots Ledge collapsed into the sea surrounding the ledge killing both its lighthouse keepers. Located off the Massachusetts coast south of Boston, the failure of this state-of-the-art lighthouse had been in the making for years. The lighthouse was rebuilt and has withstood every subsequent gale, but the two keepers lost will remain an important chapter in the Coast Guard's long blue line.
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Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Legare honors a hero

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Wed, 10/03/2018 - 08:00
In the North Atlantic Ocean with sea spray crashing over the bow, and taps playing over a ship’s sound system, the crew of the Legare gathered Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, to honor the 76th anniversary of Signalman First Class Douglas Munro’s courageous sacrifice.
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Unsung Coast Guard hero’s daring Empire State Building rescue

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 10/02/2018 - 15:01
Few people today know that on July 28, 1945, a large aircraft crashed into the Empire State Building. Fewer still know that the accident produced the world record for surviving an elevator fall and that the fall’s victim was rescued by a United States Coast Guardsman.
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Former Coast Guard Cutter Sherman transferred to Sri Lankan Navy

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Mon, 10/01/2018 - 15:48
After more than 50 years of service to the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred the recently decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Sherman to the Sri Lankan Navy. The transfer of the Sherman to Sri Lanka supports the Coast Guard's efforts to strengthen the United States' relationship with partner nations in the western Pacific, enhancing their maritime capabilities and governance, and supporting stability and the security of global maritime commons.
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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Fourth Class Cadet Bryan Landreth

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Fri, 09/28/2018 - 11:49
Coast Guard members live by the core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty and cadets at the Coast Guard Academy live by the motto "Who lives here, reveres honor, honors duty." Notice a pattern yet? Honor - a high standard of conduct that can neither be delineated by laws nor defined by regulation. It is this concept that brought Fourth Class Cadet Bryan Landreth to the Academy in which he has pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States not once, but twice. Landreth brings his experience from his time in the Coast Guard's elite Honor Guard and Silent Drill Team to the Academy.
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The Long Blue Line: Master Chief Petty Officer Melvin Kealoha Bell – minority pioneer, Pacific War hero

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Thu, 09/27/2018 - 13:29
On Sept. 9, 2018, Master Chief Melvin Kealoha Bell, retired, crossed the bar at the age of 98. He was a patriot whose distinguished career in service of his country spanned 65 years. During his active-duty career, Bell held many distinctions such as being the first minority master chief petty officer in the Coast Guard and the first master chief in the electronics technician rating. His life, career and work embody the service’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.
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U.S. Coast Guard ATON personnel honor lighthouse keepers

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Wed, 09/26/2018 - 15:14
Crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Abbie Burgess (WLM-553) and Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) Southwest Harbor, Maine, placed flowers and national ensigns at the gravesites of Abbie Burgess and Isaac Grant, two renowned lighthouse keepers, during a visit to Thomaston, Maine, in August. Burgess was best known for keeping the Matinicus Light shining and later the Whitehead Lighthouse with her husband Grant.
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The Tezanos sketchbook

USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass - Tue, 09/25/2018 - 12:37
As I made my way to Coast Guard Sector San Juan, another sketchbook struck me as a good complement for the painting I had planned. This time I was embedded with the crew of the sentinel-class cutter, the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos. Aboard fast response cutters, anything not firmly fixed will move, so sketching directly from life can get interesting.
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