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Coast Guard Prepares For Hurricane Rita

The Coast Guard is preparing assets throughout the Gulf states for the arrival of Hurricane Rita, which is expected to reach the Gulf Coast later this week. The Coast Guard is making strategic shifts in personnel resources while others are conducting overdue maintenance to aircraft used to support Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Coast Guard crews are pre-positioning search and rescue, pollution response, and aids to navigation assets inland for post storm response. Disaster Area Response Teams (DART) departed from Metairie, La. and will be standing by in Houston to provide relief in the event of a disaster. Coast Guard units in Texas are conducting pre-storm video surveys of areas that potentially lay in the path of Rita. The surveys will assist in rescue and recovery efforts to those areas affected by the storm. The Coast Guard also cautioned mariners of the upcoming storm and is urging them to heed the weather warnings and small craft advisories. An advisory has also been issued to evacuate all oil rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico that may potentially be in the path of Rita.

Crowley Completes Rapid Response for Emergency Aid to Bahamas

Crowley Successfully Completes Rapid Response for Emergency Aid to Bahamas Following Hurricane Irene.    As one of the warehouses contracted by the U.S. Agency for International Administration (USAID) to provide pre- and post-disaster relief commodity storage services for the United States, Crowley Maritime Corporation's logistics group recently provided the rapid deployment of emergency aid commodities for the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.   

This Day in Naval History – Sept. 4

1804 - USS Intrepid (LT Richard Somers) blew up in failed attack on Tripoli 1941 - German submarine, U-652, attacks USS Greer, which was tracking the submarine southeast of Iceland. Greer is not damaged, but drops depth charges, damaging U-652. 1954 - Icebreakers, USS Burton Island (AGB-1) and USCG Northwind, complete first transit of Northwest passage through McClure Strait. 1954 - P2V from VP-19 shot down by Soviet aircraft near Swatow, China

Fed Funds Gets NOLA Transport Rolling

U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta traveled to New Orleans to announce the first installment of federal funding and the deployment of additional resources to repair damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina on the area’s transportation systems. “I want the people of New Orleans to know that we are going to help you rebuild, and that includes repairing damaged transportation systems so New Orleans can get moving again,” Secretary Mineta said.

This Day in Naval History--August 28

August 28 1867 - Captain William Reynolds of Lackawanna raises U.S. flag over Midway Island and took formal possession of these islands for the U.S. 1942 - 120 women, commissioned directly as ENS or LTJG, reported to "USS Northampton," Smith College for training. 1952 - Units on USS Boxer (CV-21) launch explosive-filled drone which explodes against railroad bridge near Hungnam, Korea. First guided missile launched from ship during Korean Conflict.

Coast Guard Foundation Initiates Fund Drive

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The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of all Coast Guard members and their families, has announced  that it is launching a fundraising campaign to support Coast Guard members and their families who were affected by Hurricane Sandy.   Working closely with the Coast Guard, the Coast Guard Foundation will distribute funds to Coast Guard members who are stationed in the affected areas of Maryland, New York, New Jersey

President Bush Waives Jones Act

The White House released a speech by President Bush where he stated that, as part of the government’s efforts to assist in relief from Hurricane Katrina, he has instructed Secretary of Homeland Security Chertoff to temporarily waive the requirement that oil and gasoline be transported from one U.S. port to another via U.S. coastwise-qualified ships. President Bush said in his speech yesterday, “Another challenge we face is that the downed pipelines are causing the need to transport

NAVSEA Responds, Provides Hurricane Ike Relief

From Naval Sea Systems Command Public Affairs Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV), a directorate of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) in Washington, managed the deployment of salvage equipment Sept. 16 in direct support of Hurricane Ike relief efforts in Galveston, Texas. NAVSEA's SUPSALV received the request from the Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) Sept. 15 for U.S. Navy assistance in removing a number of small vessels sunk in the Gulf Intracoastal

Falling Price of Oil Raises Relief Hopes

Petroleum prices have drifted down toward $70 a barrel in recent days from a record high last month, as the summer driving season comes to a close. Does this mean crude oil could fall to as low as $60 a barrel? Or is it more likely to reverse course and climb toward $80? The price of gasoline at the pump is largely determined by the price of petroleum in the global market place, and a variety of difficult-to-predict factors, only starting with global demand

Merchant Mariner Credentials Extended in the Gulf Region

The Coast Guard is extending the expiration dates of licenses, merchant mariners' documents and certificates of registry held by merchant mariners impacted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The authority for this temporary relief measure was included in the Coast Guard Maritime and Transportation Act of 2006. Details are contained in the notice published Aug. 16, 2006 in the Federal Register. This measure applies to certain mariners holding any of the above credentials that have

USCG: Missing Cargo Ship El Faro Believed to Have Sunk

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The U.S. Coast Guard now believes that the missing cargo ship El Faro sank after sailing into the path of Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, a spokesman said on Monday. Rescuers continue to search for survivors, said Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash in Miami.

Life Ring Found from Cargo Ship Missing off Bahamas

A life ring has been found from the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing on Thursday after sailing through Hurricane Joaquin in the Bahamas, the U.S. Coast Guard said on Twitter on Saturday. The Coast Guard did not say where the life ring had been found

USCG Urge Caution Ahead of Hurricane Joaquin


  The Coast Guard urges the public Thursday to use extreme caution and to prepare for the onset of heavy weather, extreme sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the Mid Atlantic region as Hurricane Joaquin approaches the coast.

Cargo Ship Missing in Hurricane Joaquin

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The fate of more than 30 crew aboard a cargo ship that ran afoul of Hurricane Joaquin off the Bahamas was unknown on Friday as the powerful storm battered the island chain for a second day. News of the missing vessel came as forecasters shifted the likely track of the powerful storm further

U.S. East Coast Threatened by Hurricane Joaquin

Hurricane Joaquin was gaining strength on Thursday as it moved toward the Bahamas, with forecasts still inconclusive on whether the storm would slam into the U.S. East Coast or head out to sea without making landfall, the Hurricane Center (NHC) said.

Hurricane Joaquin to Impact Bahamas

Hurricane Joaquin will bring high winds and a storm surge to the Central Bahamas through Thursday night, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its latest advisory. The major hurricane, located about 65 miles (105 km) southeast of San Salvador with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph (195

Hurricane Joaquin Continues to Strengthen

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Joaquin, the third hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season, continues to strengthen and is likely to develop into a major hurricane in the next couple of days as it moves toward the Central Bahamas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday.  

T/S Henri Forms in the Atlantic

Tropical Storm Henri, the eighth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season, has formed in the Atlantic, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Wednesday. The storm was located about 250 miles (405 km) east-southeast of Bermuda

Hurricane Fred Strengthens in Eastern Atlantic

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Hurricane Fred strengthened early Monday in the eastern Atlantic as it approached the Cape Verde Islands, while the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika brought flooding to parts of South Carolina, according to U.S. forecasters.   The center of Fred is expected to pass near or over the

HMAS Canberra Initial Operational Capability

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  The Royal Australian Navy’s Amphibious Ship, HMAS Canberra, has completed a graduated operational test and trials program to achieve a key milestone towards Initial Operating Capability.   The program included integration of landing craft as well as trials for both the crew

Hurricane Ignacio Will not Affect Hawaiian Port Operations

Ignacio not expected to psoe danger to ports

  The Coast Guard Captain of the Port continues to closely monitor the movement of Hurricane Ignacio and based on the storms current trajectory to the northwest it does not appear that the closure of commercial ports in the Hawaiian Islands will be necessary.

Hurricane Ignacio Gains Strength but Expected to Bypass Hawaii

Ignacio is east-southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and not expected to pass north of the islands until Monday night and Tuesday

  Hurricane Ignacio intensified as it blew across the Pacific on a route likely to bypass Hawaii on Saturday, said the Central Pacific Hurricane Center of the National Weather Service. With winds gusting up to 115 miles per hour (185 kmph), the hurricane centered 835 miles (1

Tropical Storm Erika Heads for Florida

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Tropical Storm Erika lashed Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands with heavy rain and fierce winds on Friday, moving across the Caribbean and apparently heading for the Dominican Republic, northern Haiti and eventually South Florida, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.  

Danny Strengthens into First Hurricane of 2015 Atlantic Season

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Danny became the first hurricane of the 2015 Atlantic season on Thursday even as the storm remained relatively small and far from affecting any land, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center.   Winds from Danny were gusting up to 75 miles per hour (120 kph)

Treasure Hunters Find $4.5 mln in Rare Spanish Coins

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Florida treasure hunters found a trove of $4.5 million worth of Spanish gold coins 300 years to the day after a fleet of ships sunk in a hurricane while en route from Havana to Spain, the salvage owner said Wednesday.   The 350 coins found on July 30 include nine rare pieces

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