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This Day in Coast Guard History – Oct. 1

1926-An airways division, headed by a chief engineer, was set up as a part of the Lighthouse Service, its work covering the examination of airways and emergency landing fields and the erection and maintenance of aids to air navigation. 1943-Coast Guard-manned USS LST-203 was stranded in Southwest Pacific but there were no casualties. 1976- Coast Guard personnel were required to change to the new "Bender Blues" uniforms by this date. 1991- The CGC Storis became the oldest commissioned cutter in the Coast Guard when the CGC Fir was decommissioned.  The Storis's crew painted her hull number "38" in gold in recognition of her status. 1996- Operation Frontier Shield commenced. It was the largest counter-narcotics operation in Coast Guard history to date. (Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

This Day in Coast Guard History – October 1

1926-An airways division, headed by a chief engineer, was set up as a part of the Lighthouse Service, its work covering the examination of airways and emergency landing fields and the erection and maintenance of aids to air navigation. 1943-Coast Guard-manned USS LST-203 was stranded in Southwest Pacific but there were no casualties. 1976- Coast Guard personnel were required to change to the new "Bender Blues" uniforms by this date.

USCG Transfers from Transportation to Homeland Security

At a historic ‘Change of Watch’ ceremony at the D.C. Stadium-Armory yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta transferred leadership of the U.S. Coast Guard to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge, formally recognizing the change in civilian leadership over a military organization. “This morning is an historic occasion for both the Coast Guard and the Department of Transportation. The explosion of maritime drug traffic, mass movement of illegal migrants

This Day in Coast Guard History – March 17

1863- The cutter Agassiz defended the Union-held Fort Anderson at New Bern, North Carolina, from a Confederate attack. 1902- All but one of the members of the crew of the Monomoy (Massachusetts) Life-Saving Station perished during the attempted rescue of the crew of the wrecked coal barge Wadena during a terrible winter gale.  The dead included the keeper of the station, Marshall N. Eldridge, and six of his surfmen

US Coastguard Commissions New Fast Response Cutter

Coastguard Cutter Webber: Photo credit USCG

USCG commissions its first Sentinel-class cutter 'Webber' at the Port of Miami The 154-foot Coast Guard Cutter Webber is a Fast Response Cutter and will be able to deploy independently to conduct missions such as ports, waterways, and coastal security, fishery patrols, drug and illegal migrant law enforcement, search and rescue, and national defense operations along the Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Caribbean.

Coast Guard Foundation Tribute Honors Heroes

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20th Annual Dinner to be Held in New Orleans on March 1st, 2013. The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that its 20th Annual Tribute to the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Eighth District will take place on Friday, March 1, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Coast Guard Foundation’s New Orleans awards dinner is a festive celebration of the men and women serving in the U

This Day in Coast Guard History – August 19

1898-About 8 p.m. the keeper of life-saving station was notified by one of the crew of a quarantine boat that cries for help were heard coming from the channel opposite the station.  The crew immediately launched the surfboat and pulled Into the darkness.  As they proceeded they heard the cries for help and pulled in their direction until they found a boat capsized and one man clinging to her bottom.  They hauled him in and he informed them that he and three others were

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Papp Reveals Arctic Strategy

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp (file photo)

Uncharted Ice: The U.S. Coast Guard's New Arctic Strategy.   U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Bob Papp today revealed the nation's and the Coast Guard's blueprint for Arctic strategy. Long awaited, today's speech at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C., given in conjunction with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, lays out the way forward for maritime stakeholders in the Arctic. Access ADM Papp's speech by clicking: http://www.uscg

USCG: Meeting Arctic Missions

Coast Guard Cutter SPAR and Canadian coast guard ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier sail side-by-side during an equipment test near Teller, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

With a stifling heat wave affecting most of the country last week, it’s hard to picture U.S. Coast Guard units focusing on our nation’s Arctic interests. But for a dedicated group of Coast Guard men and women, the Arctic is all that is on their mind. As the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the Arctic, the Coast Guard will perform its statutory missions to ensure the Arctic remains a safe, secure and environmentally protected region

USCG Medevac Man from Sailboat on Lake Huron

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Johnson

  U.S. Coast Guard crews conducted a MEDEVAC of a 74-year-old man from a 35-foot sailboat involved in the Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race early Sunday morning on northern Lake Huron. The man's name is not being released by the Coast Guard and there is no video or imagery available for this case. Just before 6:30 a.m., the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, homeported in Duluth, Minnesota, and deployed to assist with the race

Man Rescued with Pets near Raccoon Island

Man resuced from sailboat

  The Coast Guard rescued a 68-year-old man and his two pets Thursday from a grounded sailboat near Raccoon Island. Coast Guard watch standers were notified Thursday the 36-foot sailboat Scampo with a man, his dog and his cat aboard ran aground.

USCG Offload $ 17 Mln Cocaine

A Coast Guardsman offloads cocaine at Coast Guard Sector Miami Beach, Fla., Nov. 20, 2015. The HNLMS Friesland, an offshore patrol vessel from the Royal Netherlands Navy, interdicted a go-fast vessel with four suspected smu

  Coast Guardsmen on the Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber offloaded approximately 515 kilograms of cocaine interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Caribbean Venture worth an estimated wholesale value of $17 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Florida, Friday.

Lightering Operations Begin for Sunken Lake Barge

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Thomas McKenzie

Lightering operations has begunn for the  tanker barge Argo sunken in Lake Erie as Unified Command responders took advantage of a favorable weather window, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The first of Argo’s eight tanks are being tapped and offloaded

Tote Cargo ship adrift near Haida Gwaii

M.V. North Star loading operations. Photo: U.S. Voluntary Observing Ship (VOS)

 The MV North Star, a cargo ship that is owned by TOTE Maritime, spent more than half a day adrift Tuesday off the coast of British Columbia, Canada.   The Canadian Coast Guard reported late Tuesday that the cargo ship lost propulsion and was adrift near the coast of Haida Gwaii.

Maersk Orders BWTS for 7 Newbuilds

Image: DESMI Ocean Guard

DESMI Ocean Guard A/S to supply ballast water treatment systems to a series of new container vessels to be built at COSCO Zhoushan shipyard in China, for Danish shipper Maersk Line.   DESMI Ocean Guard announced that its RayClean ballast water treatment system (BWTS) has been selected for

Search On For Missing Sailboat in Gulf of Mexico

USCG HC-130 Hercules airplane

  The Coast Guard is searching for an overdue boater near Main Pass in the Gulf of Mexico, Monday. Missing is Keith Carver, 61, of Tucson, Az. Carver's girlfriend notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi that his 38-foot sailboat, the Carpe Noctem, was overdue on Nov

Ferry Runs Aground in North Carolina

Roanoke (File photo: North Carolina Department of Transportation)

The U.S. Coast Guard has transferred passengers off a grounded ferry in Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina.   Coast Guard watchstanders were notified Monday afternoon that the North Carolina Department of Transportation ferry Roanoke ran aground with 16 vehicles

Picked up Pickup

Photo: USCG

The maritime industry often presents unusual hazards to those who perform the wide variety of work associated with the business of shipping – especially at waterfront facilities.   A pickup truck was recently dragged into a harbor by a mooring line that was being hauled in by a

USCG Searching for Overboard Cruise Ship Passenger

Norwegian Pearl (Photo: Norwegian Cruise Line)

Emergency responders are searching for a woman who reportedly fell from a cruise ship roughly 22 nautical miles off the coast of Cuba, Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   The Coast Guard said watchstanders at its 7th District command center received the initial report at

Ingalls Christens National Security Cutter Munro

Ship’s Sponsor Julie Sheehan smashes a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow of the National Security Cutter Munro. Photo by Lance Davis/HII

Huntington Ingalls Industries'  Shipbuilding division christened the U.S. Coast Guard Nationacompany’s sixth l Security Cutter (NSC), Munro (WMSL 755),  in front of nearly 600 guests.     Julie Sheehan, the great niece of the ship’s namesake

Guang Jun Collides with Ji Xin 9 in Taiwan Strait

Taiwan Strait Map by Korean Military

 The Guang Jun and the Ji Xin 9 were in collision on Nov 14, 2015, at 3 a.m. near Nanpeng island off Shantou in the Taiwan Strait.    According to the report, Guang Yun’s crew of 26 were ordered to transfer aboard Ji Xin 9

German Vessal Held in US

Cornelia. Photo by Micharms

A German ship Cornelia is being held in the Duluth Bay by U.S. authorities in Lake Superior for a fortnight, says local media.   The U.S. Coastguard is investigating the German bulk carrier for alleged environmental violations.   

US to Give Two Ships to Philippine Navy

President Barack Obama talks with Captain Vince Sibala on the bridge of the BRP Gregorio del Pilar (PF-15), during a tour of the ship in Manila Harbor, Philippines, Nov. 17, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Following a visit aboard Philippine naval ship BRP Gregorio Del Pilar on Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama said the American government plans to transfer two ships to the Philippine Navy, bolstering what Obama called an “ironclad commitment” to the defense of treaty ally the

USCG Alert: Compliance with MARPOL Requirements

The Coast Guard has confirmed several reports it has received stating that main engines may not attain the expected speed when using ultra low sulfur fuel oil.   The Coast Guard has revised its list of recommendations to vessel owners and operators about the importance of establishing

SAFE Boats' Riverine Interceptor for Colombia

Courtesy SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International has been selected by the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard to build its new Type-F Riverine Interceptor Vessel.   The contract will provide the Colombian Navy/Coast Guard with a state-of-the-art, shallow draft, aluminum high speed intercept vessel designed to provide

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