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Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Polar Scout Program Launches

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 15:31
The Coast Guard Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate partnered together to test the capabilities of small, inexpensive satellites – known as CubeSats – through the Polar Scout Project, including the launch of two CubeSats. The results of these tests will help improve communication in the Arctic environment, monitoring large areas for illegal activity, and helping to locate persons in distress at sea.
Categories: Marine Safety

A big band coastie and his Italian prisoners go to town in WWII

Tue, 12/11/2018 - 09:43
This is a story of a young seaman during WWII who befriended POWs over Betty Gable movies, played trumpet in the United States Coast Guard orchestra band in Charleston, North Carolina, and spent his later years performing with the likes of Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey. It's not a story well-known, but a story worth knowing.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Buoy Tender White Alder—lost 50 years ago, but not forgotten

Fri, 12/07/2018 - 10:08
On Saturday, December 7, 1968, White Alder was steaming down-bound on the Mississippi River. At approximately 6:30 p.m., it collided with the up-bound motor vessel Helena, a 455-foot Taiwanese freighter. The 133-foot buoy tender sunk in 75 feet of water with three of its crew surviving, the rest entombed in the sunken cutter.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: William Fessenden—the man and his cutters

Thu, 12/06/2018 - 14:48
In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln appointed Maine Senator William Fessenden to be the 26th Secretary of the Treasury. Fessenden was faced with the Federal Government’s insatiable demand for funding for the war effort. With the aid of private Civil War financiers, Fessenden developed successful short-term loans holding generous interest rates that became popular with northerners. Named for this important public servant, Revenue Cutter Fessenden was one of two vessels contracted by the Treasury Department.
Categories: Marine Safety

Japan Coast Guard marks 150th marine aids to navigation anniversary

Mon, 12/03/2018 - 10:11
The Japan Coast Guard presented commemorative stamps commissioned to mark the 150th anniversary of Japan’s first lighthouse during an official visit with the U.S. Coast Guard Nov. 16.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Enlisted Professionals in Connection

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:57
When two junior petty officers found little opportunity for diverse enlisted members to network with similar like-minded members, they formed the Enlisted Professionals in Communication or EPIC. The traveled to nine different commands across the nation, worked with former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell and helped diverse and under represented minority members connect. For their efforts and initiative, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recognized these two petty officer with the Secretary's Award for Diversity Management.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Argus – namesake of sixth Offshore Patrol Cutter class

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:55
Named for the 100-eyed giant of Greek mythology known as “the all-seeing one,” Argus was one of the first vessels completed of Alexander Hamilton’s fleet of 10 revenue cutters. Today Argus serves as one of the first flights of "Heritage" Offshore Patrol Cutters that will become the mainstay of the Coast Guard's ocean-going fleet. These cutters provide multi-mission capabilities similar to the first 10 revenue cutters.
Categories: Marine Safety

Standing in the gap: Station Panama City

Tue, 11/27/2018 - 08:00
With ingenuity and no small degree of resourcefulness, Kannan and a small crew of station personnel managed to put together a disaster response trailer to get out to Coast Guard members’ homes to assess the damage. It didn't take long to figure out how extensive the damage was and quickly set out to assist the city in helping residents. The recovery process continues but the crews have made a big impact so far.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Waesche – the Coast Guard’s wartime leader, second founding father

Thu, 11/22/2018 - 08:00
Adm. Russell Waesche was responsible for the expansion of the service and improved the traditional functions of the Coast Guard during his 10 years as commandant. His administration intensified Coast Guard activity in the Great Lakes and added new missions of the Coast Guard including marine safety, icebreaking, and aids-to-navigation. One could say Waesche's tenure as Coast Guard commandant was the most productive and successful in Coast Guard history; one could say he was the second founder of the Coast Guard.
Categories: Marine Safety

Celebrating Military Family Month: It’s an Alaskan and family thing

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 08:00
Military families sacrifice a lot for their nation such as deployments, missing out on milestones and relocation. Military Family Month was created to celebrate the service and sacrifice of the patriots and families who make up America's military. For one Coast Guard family, staying involved in the community and being active outdoors has helped Petty Officer 1st Class Casey Lawrence and her family stay resilient and loving the Alaskan lifestyle.
Categories: Marine Safety

Active shooter training conducted at Training Center Petaluma

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 08:00
Thirty-two participants representing 12 different local, state, and federal agencies including active duty and Reserve Coast Guard members trained together at Training Center Petaluma in late October to hands-on field training and scenario-based practical exercises on active shooter incidents. Active shooter situations are all too common in American society today and this training is meant to help those first responders stay prepared and ready.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Electronic Charts Team

Fri, 11/16/2018 - 08:00
Congratulations to the U.S. Coast Guard's Electronic Charts Team for your accomplishments and earning the DHS Award for Excellence! The team is part of the service's efforts to make American waterways safer, more efficient and more resilient by helping the Coast Guard make a decision that allows mariners to meet legal obligations without paper charts. This decision is estimated to save the maritime industry more than 450,000 hours and $30.5 million a year over 10 years.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Cutter Dependable—50 Years of “Credibility Built on Excellence”

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:49
Today marks the golden anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Dependable's service in the Coast Guard. Over its distinguished 50 years of service, the cutter and its crews have earned countless honors and awards for law enforcement, living marine resources, search and rescue and humanitarian missions they have conducted.
Categories: Marine Safety