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Communication and connectivity following Mangkhut: A Rescue 21 story

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Night vision devices evaluation

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: First Class Cadet Evan Twarog

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Minots Ledge Lighthouse – the deadly “Lover’s Light”

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Legare honors a hero

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

Unsung Coast Guard hero’s daring Empire State Building rescue

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

Former Coast Guard Cutter Sherman transferred to Sri Lankan Navy

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Fourth Class Cadet Bryan Landreth

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Master Chief Petty Officer Melvin Kealoha Bell – minority pioneer, Pacific War hero

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

U.S. Coast Guard ATON personnel honor lighthouse keepers

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Tezanos sketchbook

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.
Categories: Marine Safety

International maritime leaders

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 13:33
The Coast Guard Academy is uniquely suited to prepare international maritime leaders to address the most complex global challenges of our time; those that require transnational solutions and long-term cooperation between nations, such as polar climate change, protection of ocean resources, terrorism, transnational crime and disaster response and recovery.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Pritchard and Bottoms – Last of the Coast Guard’s MIAs

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 09:18
Like many selfless Coast Guardsmen, Lt. John Pritchard and Petty Officer First Class Benjamin Bottoms, a radioman, went in harm’s way to save lives only to sacrifice their own. During World War II, the Coast Guard ran the Greenland theatre of operations. It was one of the war’s deadliest battlegrounds, where men fought not only the enemy, but the elements as well.
Categories: Marine Safety

Station Los Angeles/Long Beach Reservists embrace commandant’s guiding principles

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:54
On the southern tip of Los Angeles Harbor’s Terminal Island, after driving through two-mile sea of stacked containers and straight through the center of a federal correctional institution’s fence-lined campus, you will find Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach. From the base, you will find scenic views of San Pedro, Los Angeles Harbor and the busy channel that borders the west side of Terminal Island. Among the Coast Guard units, you will find Station LA/LB. In July, Senior Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Bernice had an opportunity to spend a few days with the station’s 25 reservists during their two weeks of active duty training.
Categories: Marine Safety

Tears of the Arizona, a corrosion study

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:40
Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin Cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy conduct a long-term corrosion study on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that will help to determine when the submerged hull of the sunken […]
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Coast Guard Auxiliary national election results

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:51
Written by Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs   Congratulations are in order for the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s newly elected national leaders! On Friday, August 24, 2018, national elections were held at the Auxiliary National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The newly […]
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