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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


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


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

Oman Navy Receives New Patrol Vessel

Photo courtesy ST Marine

 Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine) delivered the second Patrol Vessel RNOV Shinas to the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO). The Company also held the Naming Ceremony for the third PV RNOV Sadh built for the Navy.   The Guest-of-Honour was the Commander of the Royal Navy of Oman

Maritime Security in Focus in the Caribbean

Overlooking Bahia de San Juan, Station San Juan is located just outside the walls of the old city of San Juan, Puerto Rico. (USCG photo)

Maritime Security 2015 Caribbean currently underway in San Juan, Puerto Rico   Puerto Rico, centrally located at the crossroads of the Caribbean, is the location of Maritime Security 2015 Caribbean currently underway in the busy port city of San Juan.  

Arctic Coast Guard Forum Established

The Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum is displayed after being signed at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 30, 2015.(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Patrick Kelley)

  A joint statement, officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF), was signed today by leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum (ACGF) is an operationally-focused

Russian Navy Trying Hard for Facelift

Image: Center for International Maritime Security

 Official announcements related to naval shipbuilding give the appearance of a Russian Navy that is undergoing a rapid revival. However, the reality is that many projects have faced lengthy delays and cost overruns, says a report in Center for International Maritime Security.  

USCG’s New Cutter Sails from Ingalls

The National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) sails away from Ingalls Shipbuilding. (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

The National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754) sailed away from Huntington Ingalls Industries' (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division on Sunday, July 12, one month after being delivered to the U.S. Coast Guard, HII announced.   The newbuild vessel James will be commissioned on August 8 in

DHS, Postal Service to Dedicate USCG Forever Stamp

Photo: DHS

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Postal Service leaders are scheduled to dedicate the United States Coast Guard Forever stamp during a ceremony Tuesday at Coast Guard Headquarters. The stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp and honors the Coast Guard for its role in protecting

Port of Long Beach Awarded FEMA Security Grants

Security at Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach’s Security Division has been awarded $3.4 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to fund ongoing projects that protect the port. The grants will enhance port security systems such as physical security equipment and monitoring and detection

Detroit Agencies Perform Maritime Security Exercise

Detroit Coast Guard members are participating in a Southeast Michigan Area Maritime Security Committee multi-agency table-top exercise Wednesday at the Detroit Fire Department Regional Training Center. The purpose of this exercise is to test plans and policies of federal, provincial

Maritime Security Experts Convene in San Diego

Capt. Jonathan Spaner, USCG, commander Sector San Diego, was a keynote speaker at Maritime Security 2015 West. (Photo by Will Lusk)

Maritime security experts from federal, state and local jurisdictions are meeting in San Diego this week as part of Maritime Security 2015 West.   Attendees from Turkey, Japan, United Arab Emirates, France, U.K., and New Zealand joined participants from across the U.S

USCG, Royal Canadian Navy Conduct Jt Exercise

Joint Exercise

  U.S. Coast Guard crews from Southeastern New England conducted various evolutions with the Royal Canadian Navy to train and improve the inter-operability of the two nations’ militaries and surface search and rescue assets. Coast Guard Station Woods Hole, Station Provincetown

Seychelles to Join India-led Maritime Security Alliance

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the President of the Republic of Seychelles, James Alix Michel, witnessing the exchange of agreements, at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi Photo: Press Information Bureau

 Seychelles  said that Indian ocean region "belongs" to countries sharing maritime boundaries and said it was "actively" considering participating in a security framework for the strategic area involving India, Sri Lanka and Maldives, says a report in TNN.  

Port Security Requires Early Planning

Dr. Mark Yong, Business Development Director for BMT

  Port security has too often lagged behind the demands of ever more vulnerable facilities with new technology often being deployed as an after-market add-on, rather than a homogenous part of the port’s day to day working. With new ports being developed on green or brown-field sites

Danish Conference to Address Maritime Security

Piracy and armed robbery against ships, corruption and illegal trafficking are well-known maritime security challenges. Now it is time to find solutions.   On Tuesday, October 6, an international conference organized for the second year in a row by the Danish Shipowners’ Association

Oman Navy Celebrates New Patrol Vessels

Photo: ST Marine

The Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) celebrates the delivery of its second of four new patrol vessel, together with the naming of its third, at an event hosted by shipbuilder Singapore Technologies Marine Ltd (ST Marine), the marine arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering).

Port of Cleveland Awarded for Cargo Growth

Photo: Port of Cleveland

The Port of Cleveland informs it has been awarded by the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC) for its international cargo growth.   The Robert J. Lewis 2014 Pacesetter award, presented to the port by the SLSDC this morning at its monthly board meeting

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