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Coast Guard Celebrates 212 Years of Service

Coast Guard men and women celebrated America’s oldest, continuous sea-going service observes its 212th birthday on Sunday. The Coast Guard, one of America’s five armed services, traces it roots to Aug. 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of a fleet of “revenue marine” cutters to enforce the fledgling nations tariff and trade laws and protect the collection of federal revenue. The service expanded in size and responsibilities as the nation grew and today is responsible for many diverse missions; including maritime law enforcement, aiding mariners in distress, maintaining maritime navigation aids, protection of the marine environment, merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety, and serving as the lead maritime homeland security agency. The service received its present name in 1915 under an act of Congress when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the Life-Saving Service. The Coast Guard is one of the oldest organizations of the federal government and, until the Navy Department was established in 1798, served as the nation’s only armed force afloat. The Coast Guard has continued to protect the nation throughout its long history, and Coast Guardsmen have served proudly in every one of the nation’s conflicts. Maritime homeland defense remains one of the Coast Guard’s most important functions and has received renewed emphasis since last year’s terrorist attacks


CG Units To Participate In Coastal Trident 2014

MARITIME SAFETY AND SECURITY TEAM SAN DIEGO

The Coast Guard is scheduled to participate in training exercises Thursday, in the vicinity of Los Angeles Harbor and Long Beach Harbor. Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) San Diego 91109 will partner with U.S. Customs and Boarder Protection, Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) as participants in the Center for Asymmetric Warfare exercise Coastal Trident 2014. The Pacific Strike Team (PST) and National Guard 9th Civil Support Team will practice first aid and decontamination


America's Western River: A Unique Security Challenge

By RADM Robert Duncan, USCG, Captain Ron Branch, USCG, Chris Doane and Joe DiRenzo III Since 9-11 all facets of the media have combined to focus national policy makers, in and out of government, along with the general public on the asymmetric terrorist threat facing the United States and its global trading partners. Lengthy newspaper articles or Op-ed pieces, documentaries on television such as The Learning Channel and the Discovery Channel


USCG, NJ Police Enter Partnership

As the mandate to secure U.S. waterways continues to evolve, the U.S. Coast Guard and the New Jersey State Marine patrol forged an important partnership which highlights the necessity for cooperation among federal, state and local authorities. Rear Adm. David Pekoske, Commander, First Coast Guard District, Rear Adm. Sally Brice O'Hara, Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District and New Jersey Acting Governor Richard J. Codey formalizes the maritime security partnership last month


Coast Guard Takes Delivery of High Tech Facility

The U.S. Coast Guard, Integrated Coast Guard Systems, and Lockheed Martin completed the final phase of the $20m Command, Control, Computers, Communications Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) simulator at Training Center Petaluma in Petaluma, Calif. The completion of this state-of-the-art training suite represents a milestone in the Coast Guard's $24b, 25-year modernization and recapitalization plan known as Deepwater.


USCG Accepts Nat’l Security Cutter Bertholf

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The U.S. Coast Guard took final acceptance of the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the first of the Legend class National Security Cutter fleet, at the cutter's homeport of Alameda, Calif., Friday, May 8. Bertholf's final acceptance is part of the Coast Guard's deliberative acquisition process and represents the moment when the Coast Guard acknowledges that the cutter is ready to transition from an acquisition project to the operations and sustainment phases of the cutter's service life


Coast Guard Admiral Testifies on Chemical Facility Security

Coast Guard Director of Port Security, Rear Adm. Craig E. Bone, testified today on chemical facility security before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. His written statement submitted for the record, follows. "Good morning Madam Chairperson and distinguished members of the Committee. It is a pleasure to be here today to discuss the U.S. Coast Guard’s role in securing the chemical facilities on the navigational waterways of the United States.


USCG Protect Plan Dubbed Neptune Shield

New security regulations and specially trained port security teams are among the newest tools being employed in Operation Neptune Shield, the Coast Guard's plan for fighting the global war on terrorism here at home, as military operations continue against Taliban and Al-Qaida fighters overseas. "Since Sept. 11, the Coast Guard has implemented a multi-layered strategy for protecting our ports and waterways," said Atlantic Area Commander Vice Adm. Thad Allen


Secretary Ridge Announces Steps in Enhancing Maritime Security

Within one year of President Bush’s signing of the Maritime Transportation Security Act on November 25, 2002 U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge today announced approval and publication of the final maritime industry security rules which are designed to significantly improve protection of America’s ports, waterways, and ships from a terrorist attack. “With 95 percent of our nation’s overseas cargo carried by ship


HII Completes Sea Trials on Fourth National Security Cutter

Fourth National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today the successful completion of builder’s sea trials for the company’s fourth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Hamilton (WMSL 753). The ship, built by HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, spent three full days at sea testing all of the ship’s systems. “It’s a team effort to bring one of these magnificent ships to life, and the NSC team has performed superbly—from the first cut of steel to


Sonardyne, NDI Partner for US Maritime Security

Sonardyne’s Andrew Wood (left) and NDI’s Andy Meecham (right) conclude the deal that sees NDI become Sonardyne’s nonexclusive partner for maritime security in the U.S.

As part of its continued business expansion and long-term commitment to the region, underwater technology specialists, Sonardyne International Ltd, U.K., has entered into a nonexclusive agreement with Northern Defense Industries (NDI) to become its strategic partner for maritime security and


Plenty of Phish in the Sea

“There is the potential for a major cyber-attack on the maritime industry to significantly disrupt food and energy supplies,” says ESCGS head of cyber security, Joseph Carson. (Photo: ESC Global Security)

Advancement in broadband technologies and the move toward ‘Big Data’ will leave the maritime industry vulnerable to cyber-crime unless it develops a better awareness of ICT security and adopts security best practice, warns ESC Global Security’s head of cyber security division


Combatting Maritime Cyber Security Threats

Vulnerable to Hacking What should concern many in the maritime industry is that the main ship navigation systems including GPS, AIS and ECDIS receive data via radio frequency transmission at sea and as such are extremely  vulnerable to hacking.

The U.S. Executive Branch has declared that the cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation, and that America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on effective cyber security


SAFE Boats Bags Homeland Security Order

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Production of Customs and Border Protection’s coastal interceptor vessels to commence immediately   SAFE Boats International informs it has been awarded a contract from U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to build up to 52 coastal interceptor


Think Tank: US Port Cybersecurity At Risk

     Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft delivers the 2015 State of the Coast Guard Address. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.)

Conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation argued for increased U.S. port cybersecurity in a report published online this week.   "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and maritime stakeholders need to stay ahead of [cybersecurity] risks in order to keep trade flow


Rescue 21 Achieves 'SOLAS' Declaration from DHS

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  The U.S. Coast Guard is declaring 'Sea Area A1' service in certain areas off the coast of the United States based on the performance of the General Dynamics-built Rescue 21 system. The declaration is in accordance with provisions of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at


GOST to Unveil New Products at MSE Conference

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GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies),announced today that it will highlight its newest commercial maritime products at the 2015 Maritime Security East conference in Jacksonville, Florida, March 10 through 12. Designed to withstand the rigors of commercial maritime use


India, Sri Lanka to Enhance Maritime Security

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena  and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Press Information Bureau, India)

 Noting that security of India and Sri Lanka was "indivisible", Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly pitched for enhanced cooperation in key areas of maritime security and counter-terrorism.   India’s PM addressing the Sri Lanka Parliament said India and Sri


Inside The New US Maritime Strategy

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  The US Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard have revised America's maritime strategy to add "all domain access" to its traditional sea-based defense functions, a Navy report says.    "This [all domain access] function assures appropriate freedom of action in any


Resilience & the Maritime Industry

Dennis L. Bryan

Resilience is defined generally as the ability to recover quickly from setbacks.  Setbacks are inevitable.  Individuals and entities are best judged by their resilience – their ability to get back on track after experiencing a reversal. 


Maritime Training Academy Announces Diploma in Maritime Security

  The Maritime Training Academy announced the launch of its new diploma in maritime security today.   The Surrey, UK-based distance learning center said the diploma in maritime security will commence April 1st, 2015 and will consist of 11 modules including ISPS code


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).  


The $100m Port Security Grant Scramble

About $100 million will be available to various port authorities, facility operators and state and local government agencies who have developed an Area Maritime Security Plan as part of the 2015 FEMA port security grant program.   Eligibility Criteria is established pursuant to the Maritime


Ingalls-built National Security Cutter Completes Acceptance Trials

NSC James (Photo: HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced today that the company's fifth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC), James (WMSL 754), has completed her acceptance trials. The Ingalls-built NSC spent two full days in the Gulf of Mexico proving the ship's systems.  


US Pulls Sri Lanka out of China Maritime Net

 Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and the US Secretary of State John Kerry: Photo credit: Official Facebook page of Ranil Wickremesinghe

 US has begun to wean Sri Lanka away from China’s maritime security net by incorporating Sri Lanka into their Indo-Pacific region maritime security program, says the Times of India.   The US State Department said last Tuesday that United States will collaborate with Sri Lanka to






 
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