USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass

Subscribe to USCG United States Coast Guard - Compass feed
Official Blog of the U.S. Coast Guard
Updated: 29 min 4 sec ago

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Kodiak Chief Petty Officers Association

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 08:00
Fly fishing has a way of healing a person, especially when that person is an active duty or military veteran who has been negatively affected in some way while serving his country. For eight years, the Chief Petty Officers Association of Kodiak, Alaska, has provided a way for veterans to come to Kodiak Island and escape into nature to heal. Volunteers donate their time and resources to coordinate and organize a week of fly fishing to provide a way for others to rehabilitate physically and emotionally.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: the Coast Guard’s environmental protection mission

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 12:09
The Coast Guard has been a steward of the nation’s maritime environment for nearly 200 years. It has expanded and adapted its mission to ever-changing natural and man-made threats to the oceans and inland waterways. The service now supports five environmental protection missions.
Categories: Marine Safety

Coast Guard Academy, home for 85 years

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:00
The U.S. Coast Guard Academy has called several places "home" but it wasn't until 1932 that the Academy settled down permanently in New London, Connecticut. We celebrate this 85th anniversary with a short history of the Academy and the changes our officer accession training facility has advanced to make it the Ivy League-caliber school it is today.
Categories: Marine Safety

“Bulldog of the Bering” Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 14:29
Like many Coast Guard cutters before it, the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley has a storied history and decades of service behind it. The vessel might have 49 years of wear and tear to show for it but, just like a grumpy old bulldog, the crews who maintain it and come to understand its quirks know the cutter will remain loyal and true to the Coast Guard’s mission to save lives and protect U.S. shores.
Categories: Marine Safety

Allies in the Arctic

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:17
The Canadian coast guard assisted the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Maple by breaking and helping navigate through ice during several days of Maple's 2017 Northwest Passage transit. This is the 60th anniversary of the last transit by a Coast Guard cutter, and 150th anniversary of the Coast Guard's presence in Alaska.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Cmdr. Warren Judge

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 13:28
Cmdr. Warren Judge was recently awarded the 2017 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service award, an honor bestowed annually on one Coast Guardsman whose leadership and service are deemed inspirational. Judge attributes the success of his educational endeavors to the network of role models and mentors who have supported him throughout his career and works to pay that back by being a strong mentor and role model to those he guides as a leader.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: HITRON – 20 years of hitting new highs!

Thu, 09/14/2017 - 08:00
HITRON is a deploying helicopter squadron based in Jacksonville, Florida, specializing in Airborne Use of Force for counter-narcotic operations. HITRON is the nation’s first, and most successful airborne law enforcement unit trained and authorized to employ AUF. With their aeronautical skill, Airborne Use of Force tactics and professionalism, HITRON aircrews have exemplified the Coast Guard’s core values of “honor, respect and devotion to duty.”
Categories: Marine Safety

Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation: Boat crew helmets

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 09:00
Helmets are worn by boat crew members to provide head protection during hazardous conditions in various environments. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been evaluating personal protective helmets. The center’s extensive research will benefit 16,000 Coast Guard boat crew members throughout the active duty, reserve and auxiliary ranks.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: 9/11 and the U.S. Coast Guard

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 14:53
The 2001 terrorist attacks reshaped the Coast Guard, including new homeland security units, alterations in existing Coast Guard units and the transition to a new federal agency. The service’s response demonstrated its flexibility and relevance in the Coast Guard’s greatest transformation since World War II.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Phil Eaton–The Coast Guard’s Winged Warrior of WWI

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:42
The first German submarine operations on U.S. waters took place not in World War II, but during World War I. With responsibility to guard the coast, the U.S. Coast Guard had several encounters with these early U-boat attacks, including those of U-156. Coast Guard aviator Lt. Philip Eaton played an important role in this battle.
Categories: Marine Safety

Florence, Oregon: A Coast Guard City through action

Fri, 09/01/2017 - 11:40
Whether it is finding shelter, medical care, welcoming kids into school and making that transition easier or businesses offering military discounts, the community of Florence has shown their love and support for the Coast Guard. Florence is now the 24th Coast Guard City.
Categories: Marine Safety

Hurricane Harvey rumor control

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:33
There are a lot of rumors floating around the internet in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, there are also many scams out there trying to take advantage of people's good will during this massive flood event. FEMA has put together a rumor control website to fact check many of the rumors and keep the public informed of what's true, what's false and how to tell the difference.
Categories: Marine Safety

Port conditions in affected Hurricane Harvey areas

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:46
The Coast Guard along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office have the current port conditions set within the effected areas of Hurricane Harvey and surrounding areas of the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday.
Categories: Marine Safety