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Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron 4 Completes Deployment to Guatemala

Naval Coastal Warfare Squadron (NCWS) 4 completed a six-week deployment to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala, on March 4. The mission focused on providing landward and seaward security for three high value assets (HVA) and more than 1,300 Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen participating in Humanitarian Support Over the Shore 2007 (HSOTS-2007). Exercise HSOTS 2007 simulated a disaster relief assistance response to Puerto Quetzal that involved off-loading and transporting equipment to Joint Task Force (JTF) Belize and JTF Guatemala. More than 400 pieces of humanitarian assistance equipment were brought ashore and trucked to various locations throughout the region. The equipment will be used in the rural areas of Belize and Guatemala where schools and clinics will be built. NCWS 4 deployed with eight 34-foot patrol boats, landward security teams, a communications surveillance suite and numerous support equipment. While on station NCWS 4 provided 24-hour harbor/seaward security operations, landward security teams and fully functional C4I capabilities. Additionally NCWS 4 organized and coordinated security for a distinguished visitor/media day during which the Guatemalan minister of defense and various other high ranking Guatemalan officials came to observe beach operations, naval lighterage systems and NCWS 4 patrol boat operations. “NCW[S] has evolved into an indispensable force,” said Capt. Thomas S. Wetherald, commander Navy Beach Group 1, commander of HSOTS.


Military Base and Port Community Resiliency Initiative

Leaders from key sectors of the Greater New Orleans region will meet on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 to address gaps in national domestic response capability by including regional best practices as part of a template to be shared by America's strategic military base and port communities. The symposium will include National Service Awards presentations, with special guest LTG Russel L. Honore’ (U.S. Army, ret.) as the keynote speaker.


News: VT Halter Marine Lays Keel for LSV

VT Halter Marine Inc. began the construction of the U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armament Command's (TACOM) newest Logistic Support Vessel (LSV), marked by a keel laying ceremony at the yard. "Our employees have first-hand experience in designing and building Logistic Support Vessels, Large Tugs and LCU-2000 Class Landing Craft that are specifically tailored to operational requirements," said Butch King, CEO of VT Halter Marine. "The U.S


Improving U.S. Freight Transportation System

The Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation published its final report on United States freight transportation, offering an assessment of its current condition with recommendations for strengthening nationwide infrastructure and U.S. economy. The panel, led by its Chairman, U.S. Rep John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), was founded by Full Committee Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) and Ranking Member Nick J. Rahall, II (D-W.Va.) in April 2013 to examine U.S


ABS President Wiernicki Signs New MARAD Agreement

 Christopher J. Wiernicki: Photo ABS

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) informs that it has entered into a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) establishing the policies and procedures regarding the survey and classification of the National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF). The agreement expands the working relationship that has existed between ABS and MARAD since the agency's inception in 1950, updating the last MOA signed in 1999. The new agreement, signed by Maritime Administrator Paul N


Coast Guard Preps for Arctic Research

Coast Guard Cutter Healy (USCG photo)

A team of scientists from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Research and Development Center (RDC) will depart from Seward, Alaska, for a technology evaluation in the Arctic aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy Aug. 8, the Coast Guard announced. According to the USCG, the RDC is leading a multiagency team to support Arctic Shield 2014, a 17th Coast Guard District initiative. The purpose of their month-long evaluation is to improve USCG capabilities in the Arctic region


News: King Named CEO for VT Halter Marine

Boyd E. (Butch) King was appointed CEO of VT Halter Marine Inc. at the beginning of the month. "King brings tremendous experience to his new position," said General (Ret.) John Coburn, CEO and Chairman of VT Systems Inc., in announcing the appointment. "He will be at the forefront to ensure that VT Halter Marine contributes to the profitability of our marine sector." King most recently served as a senior associate with Booz Allen and Hamilton, consulting on various logistical support projects


This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History – February 3

1801- Treaty of peace with France was ratified on this date, thereby ending the "Quasi-War," in which cutters of the Revenue Marine had rendered outstanding service. 1880- Date of a terrific gale on the New Jersey coast. Six vessels came ashore with 47 persons on board all but two survived. Nineteen USLSS crewmen won Gold Life-Saving Medals during the rescue of the persons aboard the wrecked George Taulane.


New Stealth Frigate for China

Photo credit China PLA Navy

China's first Type 056 stealth frigate delivered to the Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLA Navy) in Shanghai. The new generation of frigate, which is about to be put into service on a large scale, features good stealth performance and electromagnetic compatibility, according to a news item in the PLA Daily reported by Xinhua. The new frigate requires only one-third of the crew needed by its predecessor, the Type 053


HII Gains Award for Employee Military Service Support

Patriot award ceremony: Photo courtesy of HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) informs that two members of its legal team received Patriot Awards from Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) for their support of employees who are active in the National Guard or National Reserve. Jim Gildea, vice president and chief counsel of the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division, and Charles Neff, HII's senior staff counsel, were nominated by Leila Garcia


Bill Introduced to Protect Great Lakes from Invasive Species

Camp, Stabenow, Slaughter Introduce Guarding Our Great Lakes Act   The Guarding Our Great Lakes Act, a bipartisan legislation designed to protect the Great Lakes from the threat of invasive Asian carp, has been introduced by U.S. Congressman Dave Camp (R-Mich


USCG Addresses Future of Marine Fuels

The future of marine fuels from the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise   The Pacific Merchant Shipping Association hosted The Future of Marine Fuels: Emission Control Area and Liquefied Natural Gas Conference in San Pedro, California on December 4, 2014. Representing the U.S


Phase 1 Dredging Wraps Up in Redwood City

Photo: Port of Redwood City

Phase 1 of maintenance dredging of the Redwood City Harbor and Channel was completed this week, bringing the Port of Redwood City channel to a depth of 28 feet. The $12.8 million project, completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)


Benghazi Port Still Closed, Imports Rerouted

The commercial port in Libya's second city, Benghazi, remains closed due to fighting between pro-government and Islamist forces, forcing wheat imports to make a detour via Tobruk harbour, a port official said. Benghazi has been a battlefield since May


Australia: Maritime SAR in Asia Pacific a Priority

Defense force personnel from Australia are in China for Exercise Cooperation Spirit 2014 which begins today. The exercise aims to enhance coordination and cooperation between Australia, China and New Zealand in responding to unforeseen disasters that occur in the Asia-Pacific


Seaspan Shipyard's Prompt Response to Canadian Coast Guard

Brian Carter, President, Seaspan Shipyards

Seaspan Shipyard’s long-standing relationship with the Canadian Coast Guard was proudly showcased in recent days, with simultaneous repair and maintenance work on Coast Guard vessels at all three of the company’s shipyards – Vancouver Drydock


The Legal Consequences of 46 CFR Subchapter “M”

Daniel J. Fitzgerald

As the holiday season and the end of another year quickly approaches, the towing industry patiently waits for the Coast Guard to finalize the long-awaited towing vessel inspection rule.  More than 10 years ago, Congress passed the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004


Will Congress Pass Any Maritime Legislation in 2014?

Jonathan K. Waldron

Following its usual summer break over August 2014, Congress came back from its five-week summer recess and spent a whopping eight days or so back in session before recessing once again, approximately a week early, to hit the campaign trail for the November elections


Coast Guard Cutter Departs for Antarctic Mission

U.S. Coast Guard photos  by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer

The nation’s only heavy icebreaker departed Seattle Sunday for a four-month mission to Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the annual Joint Task Force Support to resupply the National Science Foundation outpost there. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star from Coast Guard


73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

Pearl Harbor Survivor Pat Duncan and National Park Services historian Daniel Martinez render honors at the USS Arizona Memorial during the 72nd Anniversary Pearl Harbor Day Commemoration. Pearl Harbor survivors and distinguished guests visited the memorial for the presentation of wreaths. More than 2,500 guests, including Pearl Harbor survivors and other veterans, attended the National Park Service and U.S. Navy-hosted joint memorial ceremony at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Mon

Dec. 7, 1941 is a day that America will never forget. Claiming more than 2,400 American lives, 21 ships sunk or damaged, and more than 300 aircraft lost, the attack on Pearl Harbor goes down as one of the worst attacks on American soil. The Japanese attack came in two waves


USCG Welcomes Cutter Hamilton to Fleet

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, the first national security cutter homeported on the East Coast, entered into active service today at Union Pier Terminal in downtown Charleston.   The commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard’s largest and newest 418-foot cutter was presided by Vice Adm


WCI Hails Funding for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mike Toohey

The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015 released last night provides strong funding for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works mission for inland navigation.  Emerging details from the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of


Cruise Ship Fire under Investigation

Photo: Oceania Cruises

The U.S. Coast Guard assembled a joint investigative team with the National Transportation Safety Board and is sending four marine safety professionals from Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico and the Cruise Ship and Investigation National Centers of Expertise


Jones Act Gets Staunch Support

  The United States Congress this week enacted the strongest statement of support for the Jones Act and the American domestic maritime industry since the Merchant Marine Act of 1936. The measure was included as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R


Fincantieri Launches Italian Navy Frigate

FREMM Frigate Alpino is the fifth of a series of 10 for the Italian Navy

Riva Trigoso (Genoa) shipyard celebrated the launch of the frigate Alpino, the fifth of a series of 10 FREMM vessels - Multi Mission European Frigates, ordered from Fincantieri by the Italian Navy within the framework of an Italo-French program of cooperation.   






 
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