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Non-Lethall Weapon to Stop Small Boats

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The U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Defense’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) recently conducted a demonstration of a developmental non-lethal weapon designed to stop suspicious small boats. The program, referred to as Boat Trap, involves dropping an entangling net from a helicopter into the path of a boat. The net entangles in the boat’s propeller, forcing the vessel to a safe stop. According to Darrel Webb, Maritime Project Engineer at the JNLWD, potential applications of the Boat Trap device include port security, protecting large vessels by reducing vulnerability to terrorists’ use of speed boats, and drug interdiction activities. “Non-compliant small boat threats have elevated the importance of less-than-lethal technology to stop non-compliant vessels,” said Commander Eric Riepe, the Policy Division Chief for the Coast Guard Office of Law Enforcement. “Currently, the Boat Trap appears to have potential in stopping non-compliant vessels while executing Coast Guard law-enforcement missions.” The Coast Guard held the Boat Trap demonstration at Marathon Coast Guard Station in Marathon, Florida, in December. The demonstration included a series of four drops of the Boat Trap device from a helicopter into the path of a 33 ft Eduardono Go-Fast boat with twin 200 hp Yamaha outboard engines traveling at 30-40 knots


USNS Spearhead First Deployment Judged a Success

USNS Spearhead: USN photo

The U.S. Navy informs that its first -in-class joint high-speed vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1) has left the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations, after more than three months of operating in the European and African theaters. 
 "I am extremely proud of the work Spearhead has achieved in theater, primarily for her efforts in supporting Africa Partnership Station and the pillars that program represents," said Vice Adm. Phil Davidson, commander, U.S


CTF 151, First Suspected Pirate Capture

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Ships from Combined Task Force (CTF) 151 prevented a piracy attack in the Gulf of Aden, which resulted in the apprehension of more than a dozen suspected pirates aboard an alleged mothership May 13. At approximately 3:30 p.m., the Republic of Korea Destroyer, ROKS Munmu the Great (DDG 976) and guided missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) responded to a distress call from the Egyptian-flagged Motor Vessel Amira, which reported being attacked approximately 75 nautical miles south of Al


Pascagoula-based Cutter Returns Home After 29-day Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Decisive (USCG photo)

The Coast Guard Cutter Decisive returned to its homeport of Pascagoula Aug. 15 after a 29-day patrol conducting law enforcement and search and rescue in the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida. The crew of the Decisive conducted commercial fishing vessel boardings while in the Gulf of Mexico and ensured vessel compliance with federal laws and regulations. During one boarding on a commercial fishing vessel, two of its crewmembers were found to be undocumented aliens


Coast Guard on Patrol in Boston

Coast Guard Cutter Flyingfish patrols up the Mystic River towards the Tobin Bridge on January 31, after suspicious packages were reported on the Longfellow and Boston University Bridges. A portion of the Charles River, from the Museum of Science to the Boston Harbor locks, was closed. Coast Guard Sector Boston also increased random patrols of ferry terminals and put law enforcement teams aboard some commuter ferries as a precautionary measure. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Etta Smith


CG, NOAA Fisheries Intercept Vessel

A Coast Guard H-60 helicopter sighted a trawler allegedly fishing for groundfish in the Rockfish Conservation Area on February 6. A National Oceanographic Atmospheric Agency Fisheries Special Agent aboard the helicopter spotted the fishing vessel Astoria, Ore.-based Sara Frances using bottom trawl gear in this conservation area. Beginning January 1 of this year, fishing for groundfish in this area with bottom trawl gear is prohibited.


USCG Contracts HII to Build Sixth National Security Cutter

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, the third National Security Cutter, transits the Chesapeake Bay in October, 2011. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a fixed‐price incentive firm target contract valued at approximately $487.1 million to Huntington Ingalls Industries for the production of the sixth National Security Cutter (NSC). NSC 6 will be built at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. Two NSCs are currently in production. The Coast Guard awarded the production contract for NSC 4 in November 2010 and production of that vessel is approximately 39% complete to date


Coast Guard Increases Presence in Preparation in and around NYC/NJ

U.S. Coast Guard Marine Science Technician 3rd Class Christopher Estelle, 24, observes passengers as they embark aboard a Circle Line ferry at Ellis Island. The Coast Guard has increased its local law enforcement patrols, including the presence of armed tactical operations boarding teams aboard ferries and other commercial vessels operating in and around the Port of New York and New Jersey, in response to the heightened terror warnings and to prepare for the upcoming Republican National


Mustang Survival Wins US Coast Guard Contract

Mustang Survival has been awarded a long term contract to supply the United States Coast Guard (USCG) with lightweight and heavy duty dry suits. The contract, with a ceiling value of $20m over five years, will provide USCG boat crews with Mustang’s new Sentinel Series of lightweight and heavy duty dry suits for use in a variety of mission-critical operations including Search & Rescue, maritime law enforcement and maintaining Aids To Navigation.


USCG in Search of Missing Man in Lake Michigan

The Wild Irish, a 26-foot sailboat. Kiehm is reported to be on the boat in Lake Michigan.

  The Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing on Lake Michigan, Tuesday. Missing is 48-year-old Joseph Kiehm from Milwaukee. Kiehm was last seen aboard his 26-foot white sailboat, the Wild Irish, at McKinley Marina in the Milwaukee Harbor between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., Tuesday. A search-and-rescue controller at Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan in Milwaukee received a phone call from Kiehm’s wife reporting him missing at noon Wednesday.


Vessel Draft Restrictions Lifted at Oregon Inlet, NC

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) informed it has lifted restrictions and enforcement of the regulated navigation area Thursday at Oregon Inlet between Bodie and Pea Islands.   The captain of the port for Sector North Carolina lifted vessel draft restrictions and enforcement of the regulated


Committee to Consider Coast Guard Authorization Bill

The U.S. Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, chaired by U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), will mark up legislation this week that authorizes United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) funding levels for two years


Coast Guard Drops Medical Supplies to Injured Crew

Coast Guard photo by Lt. Jude Coatello

A U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) aircrew dropped medical supplies to a Colombian fishing vessel 900 miles northwest of Galapagos Island, Sunday, the USCG informs.   At approximately 10 p.m., Saturday, Coast Guard 11th District watchstanders received a call from personnel aboard the fishing vessel


US Fishermen Seek Federal Action against Illegal Fishing

Florida Rep. David Jolly listens to Mark Hubbard, CEO of Hubbards Marina in Johns Pass, Fla., explain how foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is hurting commercial fishing throughout the Gulf region. (Photo: Gulf Coast Leadership Conference)

Gulf of Mexico fishermen are threatened by a daily wave of foreign illegal fishing vessels and the U.S. fishing industry is calling on Congress to take action, Florida business owners said April 8 at an event hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference.  


USCG Makes Headway in Challenging Waters

A patrol boat manned by members of Port Security Unit 311 deployed to Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, escorts the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf as it sails into Naval Base Guantanamo Bay.  The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche conducts at-sea refueling operations.  The Alameda-based cutter is named in honor of former Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Russell Waesche.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Roache)

Day after day, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to conduct its 11 statutory missions with its limited resources.  It is challenged to Invest in long-term operational capacity while continuing to carry out its daily missions. “We’re a small service, but as always


USCG Orders 8th National Security Cutter

Ingalls has delivered four NSCs to the USCG, including USCGC Hamilton, which was commissioned in December 2014. With the addition of the Midgett contract, Ingalls has four more NSCs under construction. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

The Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) was awarded a $499.8 million fixed-price incentive contract from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to build an eighth National Security Cutter (NSC), Midgett (WMSL 757).  


Mediterranean Rescue Operations Strain Shipping

A young boy surrounded by adults after being rescued in June 2014 from a boat on the Mediterranean Sea. Photo: UNHCR/A. D’Amato

  The Wall Street Journal ran a story yesterday describing how the increasing number of seaborne migrants making the journey from Africa to Europe has not only proved to be too much for European coast guards and navies, it now poses a major problem for Mediterranean shipping.  


Garamendi Introduces Bipartisan GPS Backup Bill

Congressman John Garamendi

Congressman John Garamendi (D-Fairfield, CA), the Ranking Member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, introduced the bipartisan National Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) Resilience and Security Act of 2015, H.R. 1678


Fire Aboard RoRo Vessel Inbound to New York

A fire has broken out aboard the motor vessel Grey Shark at Homeport Pier in Staten Island, New York, Wednesday, The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reported.   The USCG, FDNY, NYPD and the ship’s owners are working together to extinguish the blaze that ignited Sunday aboard the 360-foot


Metal Shark Wins US Navy Contract

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  Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has been awarded a $15,309,410 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the construction of seven-meter rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) in support of future Foreign Military Sales (FMS) requirements


Final USCG Response Boat Medium Delivered

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Crystalynn A. Kneen)

U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg receives service's final response boat   The Coast Guard held a ceremony to recognize the 174th and final delivery of the Coast Guard’s 45-foot Response Boat-Medium at Sector St. Petersburg, Tuesday.  


Maritime Security Experts Meet in Jacksonville

One of the MARSEC East 205 boat demonstrations featured a pursuit and arrest of noncompliant boaters in an exclusion area.  (Photo by William Lusk)

Maritime security experts are gathering this week at Maritime Security 2015 East in Jacksonville, Florida, to exchange information and ideas, as well as learn about and see emerging technologies and operational concepts in action.  Presentations were made by speakers from the Navy and Coast


Mexican Fishing Crew Caught Poaching in US Waters

U.S. Coast Guard interdicted Mexican fishing crew poaching red snapper in U.S. waters   The U.S. Coast Guard informs it has interdicted a Mexican fishing crew in the waters off South Texas with approximately 475 pounds of illegally caught red snapper, Sunday afternoon.  


NATO Maritime Commander Visits IMO Antipiracy Training

Photo: IMO

NATO Maritime Commander Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, CBE Royal Navy, visited the two-week Advanced Maritime Law Enforcement/Training of Trainers course taking place at NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC), in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece.  


USCG Leaders Testify on Budget Requests

USCG Commandant, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard testify before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation   U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell testified Wednesday on the Coast






 
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