The Coast Guard saved three people from a distressed sailing vessel in 8- to12-foot seas 160 nautical miles east of Cape Henry early this morning. A Coast Guard C-130 aircraft and an HH-60 helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City combined rescue efforts with a 670-foot container vessel, the Horizon Hawaii, to bring three people to safe ground. The Coast Guard received a call at 9:53 p.m. Saturday that the deck of the 44-foot sailing vessel Gina, homeported in Miami, was awash. The boat had lost its sails and steering, and its fuel system had been contaminated. The Horizon Hawaii was on the scene, but couldn’t bring the sailors safely aboard the container ship. The ship immediately called the Coast Guard for assistance. By 9:57 p.m., Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City was preparing to launch the C-130 and HH-60. Around midnight, a rescue swimmer from the HH-60 was assisting the three sailors, one by one, into a rescue basket that was hoisted into the hovering helicopter. The survivors were then flown to the Coast Guard air station and released.
The Coast Guard helped save a sinking barge today on the Elizabeth River near the south end of Naval Station Norfolk. The 20-person crew of the dredging barge Pullen, a 150-ft. barge owned by the Norfolk Dredging Company, saw the Coast Guard Cutter Block Island underway and called for help at 10:30 a.m. The crew had a malfunction in their dredging gear that began flooding their bargeÃ¢Â€Â™s forward hold at a rate of approximately 400 gallons a minute
The Coast Guard Unit Commendation will be awarded to the men and women of Air Station New Orleans at a ceremony on Thursday at the Naval Air Station in Belle Chasse. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans will receive the award for exceptionally meritorious service from July 5, 2000 to February 28, 2002 for the execution of numerous search and rescue, Homeland Security, Marine Environmental Protection, and Presidential support missions throughout the Eighth District.
1918- Keeper John Allen Midgett and the crew of Station No. 179 at Chicamacomico, North Carolina rescued the crew of the mined British tanker SS Mirlo. All but one of the crew were named Midgett and each received the Gold Lifesaving Medal for their actions in saving the crew amid burning oil and wreckage. 1941-The Honolulu Coast Guard District was transferred to the Navy. 1999-For the first time weapons were fired from a Coast Guard HITRON helicopter "to execute the
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.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testifies before two U.S. House of Representatives sub-committees on the USCG Fiscal Year 2014 budget request. At both hearings the Commandant led his opening statement with a message of condolence to the victims of the terrorism attack in Boston, and described the Coast Guard’s active role in the response. In his written testimony the Commandant stated: “Every day the Coast Guard acts to prevent and respond to an array of threats that
An Arizona man who fell from a cruise liner off St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands was rescued after three hours in the water this weekend in what Coast Guard officials said was a lucky escape. Eric Angel, 20, fell from the bow of the Nordic Empress at about 4 a.m. on Saturday morning, according to Lt. Johnny Gonzalez of the Coast Guard in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Angel, from Phoenix, Arizona, was rescued three hours later north of St Thomas island and taken to hospital to be treated for a
The first new U.S. Coast Guard high endurance cutter to be built in more than 35 years was christened Bertholf (WMSL 750) before 1,000 enthusiastic guests at Northrop Grumman's shipyard. The Veterans Day christening ceremony of the Coast Guard's first National Security Cutter (NSC) honored Coast Guard veterans several of whom attended the ceremony. As she smashed the bottle of champagne across the new ship's bow, Meryl Chertoff, ship's sponsor and wife of Department of
1882- At 9 a.m during a thick snowstorm, the schooner A .F. Ames of Rockland, Maine, was bound from Perth Amboy to Boston with a crew of seven persons. She stranded during a thick snowstorm five hundred yards east of Race Point and one mile and three-quarters west of Station No. 6, Second District. The vessel was discovered by the patrol and the life-saving crew boarded her at 9:15 o’clock. She was leaking and pounding heavily. The pumps were manned to keep the water down
1790-Congress authorized the Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton's proposal to build ten cutters to protect the new nation's revenue (Stat. L. 145, 175). Alternately known as the system of cutters, Revenue Service, and Revenue-Marine this service would officially be named the Revenue Cutter Service (12 Stat. L., 639) in 1863. The cutters were placed under the control of the Treasury Department. This date marks the officially recognized birthday of the Coast Guard.
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
The Coast Guard World War Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery was dedicated May 23, 1928, as a tribute to the Coast Guardsmen who lost their lives in World War I. During the past year, the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Chief Petty Officer Association led a collaborative effort of 37
In February, Hydrex diver/technician teams carried out underwater stern tube seal repairs on a 139-meter container vessel in Port Everglades, Fla., close to the company’s office in Clearwater. The vessel was suffering from an oil leak, making a fast repair necessary
Crewmembers aboard the 314-ft fishing vessel 'Arctic Storm' extinguised an engine-room fire using the ship's Halon chemical firefighting system. The Coast Guard continues to respond to the vessel approximately 30 miles west of Grays Harbor, Wash.
A Coast Guard formal marine casualty investigation hearing is scheduled for May 20 at noon, at the Anchorage Loussac Library, Assembly Hall Chambers, to investigate the contributing causes that led to the conical drilling unit Kulluk grounding on Sitkalidak Island Dec. 31, 2012.
The Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2004 (Aug. 9, 2004), established new authorities for towing vessels. Out of that came a proposed regulatory scheme requiring towing vessels to become inspected vessels and obtain a Certificate of Inspection (COI)
DRS Technologies, Inc. announced it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to continue its maintenance, repair and overhaul work at the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Under the contract
The Coast Guard 17th District announced its Arctic Shield 2013 plans to protect the maritime community in the Arctic and to strengthen their partnerships with federal, state, local, tribal and community members Wednesday. “We are committed to having a sustained presence in the region
Amelia Island, Florida: At the second annual Workboat Exchange, held in April at the Ritz Carlton Hotel on beautiful Amelia Island, Florida, about 160 marine buyers and sellers alike got a full taste of the best food, weather and accommodations that the Sunshine state has to offer
Most people who encounter the Coast Guard near shore will get a good look at a Response Boat-Small (RB-S). With more than 400 boats in operation, the RB-S is the largest vessel class in the Coast Guard’s fleet. The boats are in constant use
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
Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division authenticated the keel of the company's fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, James (WMSL 754). "Our shipbuilders have done outstanding work to make us more efficient in building this ship
W&O designated preferred North American distributor of first United States Coast Guard-approved marine plastic piping system. W&O, a global supplier of marine pipe, valves and fittings, valve automation, and engineered solutions, has partnered with Georg Fischer Piping Systems to bring to
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, to address the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) forum on May 21, 2013. CSIS Europe Program will host a Military Strategy Forum on the Coast Guard's strategic vision for its future role in the Arctic
May 22 is National Maritime Day, an observance to recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by America's Merchant Marine. However, it is also a time to reflect on a growing industry that is facing needs for highly-skilled mariners. The total value of marine freight is estimated to