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Coast Guard RDT&E Program celebrates 50 years

Tue, 08/21/2018 - 07:00
During its 50 years of existence, the RDT&E Program has completed research that has been vital to the successful advancement of Coast Guard missions including search and rescue, aids to navigation, spill response, and port and cybersecurity as well as supporting the acquisition of new assets such as the national security cutter, offshore patrol cutter and unmanned aircraft system capability.
Categories: Marine Safety

Coast Guard holds hurricane preparedness seminar in Opa-Locka

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 09:26
Florida-based Coast Guard units held the first of multiple training sessions in which people were educated on setting up and executing hurricane preparedness and evacuation plans. Coast Guard members and their dependents listened to high-ranking, experienced service members, including the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Jason Vanderhaden about what can be done to prepare for a hurricane.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MST2 Zac Edwards

Fri, 08/17/2018 - 08:00
Petty Officer 2nd Class Zac Edwards's wedding to his wife Cindy was more exciting than he ever imagined. While taking photos after the ceremony, he noticed a teenage boy struggling in the current about 60 yards from Orange Beach, Alabama. With Cindy's urging, Zac hurried to rescue the boy.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Mirlo Rescue—the Coast Guard’s baptism of fire!

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 08:00
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the British tanker SS Mirlo near Cape Hatteras off North Carolina's Outer Banks. A German U-boat shot a torpedo at the British ship causing it to explode. Chicamacomico Coast Guard Station in Rodanthe, North Carolina, initiated a rescue operation with station keeper John Allen Midgett at the fore. Midgett and his men improvised the at-sea fire rescue saving 42 British merchant mariners without the loss of a single surfman.
Categories: Marine Safety

Gold Fever: A Driving Force in Nome

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 08:00
Before gold dredging pioneers can seek out their lucky cache of treasures on the Bering Sea floor, gold dredgers much have a safety inspection done on their vessels. A team of Coast Guard members annually visits the small town of Nome, Alaska, to provide inspections to maintain vessel safety and answer questions. This summer, the team inspected almost 20 gold dredgers in one week early this summer and went back for more in July. The Coast Guard also works with partners from the Department of Natural Resources to ensure safety of the dredgers and fishermen alike.
Categories: Marine Safety

Becoming a leader, not just a delegator

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:47
Senior Chief Petty Officer Derek Johnson describes who influenced him and how he became the leader he always wanted to be. Johnson talks about learning from a leader, becoming a leader and training future leaders.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Fireman Dallin Matthews

Fri, 08/10/2018 - 08:00
Coast Guard Fireman Dallin Matthews, a member of the Coast Guard Fire Department stationed at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, witnessed a woman crash into a tree. His training as a firefighter and quick thinking led him to safely extract the woman from her smoldering car and save her life. “It’s a surreal experience. Being able to be a part of that individual’s life at such a critical moment for them, while they are absolutely alone and in need of help, is a life changing experience." - Fireman Dallin Matthews
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Tulagi’s coxswains – the service’s 1st Silver Star recipients

Thu, 08/09/2018 - 08:00
The Navy awarded the Silver Star medal to four U.S. Coast Guard coxswains, Daniel Tarr, William Sparling, Harold Miller and Glen Harris, for landing the first wave of Raiders and delivering vitally needed equipment, ammunition and supplies.
Categories: Marine Safety

Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry crew sets new horizons for cutter operations

Wed, 08/08/2018 - 07:15
Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur and Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir The Revenue Cutter Lawrence, safely escorted in by Native Hawaiians in outrigger canoes, made history as the first Coast Guard crew to sail into Honolulu Harbor […]
Categories: Marine Safety

Surviving Hurricane Maria

Tue, 08/07/2018 - 08:00
The U.S. Coast Guard members who work at Sector San Juan had already been hit with Hurricane Irma but just two weeks later, they had to relocate and hunker down 10 miles away at Bayamon while Hurricane Maria wrought even more destruction to the island of Puerto Rico. Weeks later, those same member worked tirelessly to rebuild and become operational again.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Don Johnson

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 08:00
Don Johnson has spent 45 years of his life with the Coast Guard as an active duty member, civilian and volunteer. He currently works at Coast Guard Headquarters and is a beloved Coast Guard Headquarters Chorus director who has brought a respite for many during the workday through chorus practices or the occasional All Hands concerts. Johnson embodies the Coast Guard's Core Values while finding ways to bring joy and good humor to those around him.
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: 327-foot Secretary Class Cutters “the ships that wouldn’t die”

Thu, 08/02/2018 - 12:24
The Secretary-class cutters proved very dependable, versatile and long-lived warships. They became the backbone of the Coast Guard's high-endurance cutter fleet after World War II and served as maritime workhorses performing all of the missions demanded of high seas cutters.
Categories: Marine Safety

Turning up the heat

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 15:11
Five Coast Guard culinary specialists represented the service in the American Culinary Federation Student Team Championships earning the bronze medal. The team traveled from Yorktown, Virginia, to compete in the championships in New Orleans.
Categories: Marine Safety

Service Under Sail

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 13:53
San Francisco Bay-based Coast Guard Auxiliarists patrol aboard a 1949 schooner.
Categories: Marine Safety

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Leendert van der Pool

Fri, 07/27/2018 - 12:56
Each year a collection of artwork is submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard Art Program where a panel of judges selects a recipient for the George Gray Award for Artistic Excellence - in other words, they choose a “best in show.” This year’s award goes to Leendert van der Pool for his oil painting titled “Partnership.”
Categories: Marine Safety

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard combat operations in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 15:11
In Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Coast Guard demonstrated the importance of a naval force experienced in shallow-water operations, maritime interdiction operations, port security and aids to navigation work. The port security units performed their port security duties efficiently in spite of their units being divided between three separate port facilities and two oil terminals. Patrol boats operated for countless hours without maintenance in waters too shallow for Navy assets and served as the Coalition fleet’s workhorses in boarding, escort and force protection duties. OIF was just one of the many combat operations fought by the Coast Guard since 1790 and its heroes are among the many members of the long blue line.
Categories: Marine Safety