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Coast Guard Seizes 12,000 Pounds of Cocaine

Photo: USCG

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned home to Astoria, Oregon in late December after making several drug busts while on patrol in international waters off the coasts of Mexico and Central America. Over the course of a 50-day counterdrug patrol in the Eastern Pacific, Steadfast crewmembers interdicted five separate vessels engaged in suspected illegal drug smuggling. During the patrol crewmembers detected and boarded a low profile vessel, a custom fabricated boat specifically built to evade law enforcement.

USS Topeka Returns Home

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Omar A. Dominquez, , Pacific USS Topeka (SSN 754) returned home to Naval Base Point Loma, April 16, after a six-month deployment to the Western Pacific (WESTPAC). The Los Angeles-class submarine conducted missions throughout the WESTPAC region. Sailors also enjoyed port visits to and , , Guam and the . Family and friends waited on the pier with flags and signs to welcome their Sailors home.

British Nuclear Sub Returns from Trials

HMS Astute: Photo British Navy

Next generation submarine, HMS Astute, surpasses expectations on trials Britain's most advanced hunter-killer submarine returned home after a 142-day deployment in North American waters for extensive trials in which she ‘battled’ against USS New Mexico, America’s newest and best Virginia-class hunter attack submarine. Astute deep dived, fired her Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles… and over the course of the deployment sailed 16,400 miles.

Coast Guard Cutter Returns From 160-day Deployment

A patrol boat manned by members of Port Security Unit 311deployed to Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, escorts the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf as it sails into Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, June 20, 2013. Bertolf pulled into the naval base during their recent deployment. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Roache)

The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf is scheduled to return home to Alameda, Calif., Sept. 5, 2013, at 1 p.m., following a 160-day deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean.  

Hijacked Crew Returns Home

According to a report from China View, twenty-five crew members of an Egyptian cargo ship Blue Star, which was abducted off the Somali coast January 1 and released on March 4, returned home to Kenya on March 15. The Blue Star had 28 sailors aboard. (Source: China View)

RCL Majesty Undergoes Renovation

Royal Caribbean International's Majesty of the Seas returns home to South Florida after undergoing an extensive bow-to-stern renovation that includes several new dining and entertainment options. The newly transformed ship resumes year-round three- and four-night cruises from Miami. Coming out a 28-day makeover, Majesty's onboard enhancements include a complete overhaul of the guest suites and staterooms, casual dining areas, the main dining rooms, the Majesty Day Spa and ShipShape Fitness Center, the Adventure Ocean youth area - adding the teen-focused Fuel Nightclub and Living Room lounge, conference rooms, the pool deck, the theater and Casino Royale.

Costa Releases Details on Guest Reimbursement from Concordia Wreck

Costa Crociere announced a compensation proposal for guests that have returned home after the Costa Concordia accident on January 13. This proposal is also the result of negotiations that Costa Crociere began with the consumer associations protecting guests’ interests, and with the support of multiple tourism/travel-industry associations. In Italy, the company has already reached an agreement with the National Council of Consumers and Users, a nationally representative organization. The families of the deceased and guests who were injured and required medical treatment on site will be covered under a separate proposal that will take into account their individual circumstances. • reimbursement of expenses onboard during the cruise.

Coast Guard Port Security Members Return Home

Twenty-one members of Port Security Unit 309, out of Port Clinton, Ohio, are arriving at Cleveland Hopkins Airport Saturday. PSU 309 was deployed to the Persian Gulf in February in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Port security units are self-sustainable units capable of deploying within 96 hours of notification and are able to establish operations within 24 hours of arrival in theater. The mission of a port security unit is to provide waterborne and limited land-based protection for shipping and critical port facilities.

Hundreds Return in Philippines, Typhoon Weakens

Hundreds of people in the north of the main Philippine island of Luzon left evacuation centres and returned home on Sunday after a typhoon weakened significantly as it made landfall, although officials still warned of heavy rain and rough seas. Once described as super typhoon Maysak as it bore down on the Philippines in recent days, the storm was carrying winds of 55 km ph (35 mph) and was rated as a tropical depression as it made landfall on Sunday morning. "We thank God," said Alexander Pama, executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. "From a super typhoon a week ago, we now have a tropical depression.

Maritime Community Raises $ for Troops

The community of American maritime carriers and operating unions in Washington, DC has raised $15,000 to help build specially adapted homes for American veterans who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home from Iraq or Afghanistan with serious disabilities and injuries.  These funds will be donated to Homes for Our Troops, a non-profit 501©(3) charitable organization based in Taunton, Massachusetts.  Half of these contributions are corporate donations from Matson, American Roll-on Roll-off Carriers, Maersk, APL, K&L Gates, Horizon Lines, and the American Waterways Operators.  The other half is from individuals who represent maritime interests in the Nation’s Capital in various capacities. (www.homesforourtroops.org)

Hampton Roads Cutter Returns Home

Coast Guard Cutter Legare is scheduled to return home today following a 44-day patrol covering the Chesapeake Bay and the Florida Straits. During the heightened state of readiness surrounding the anniversary of Sept. 11th, Legare spent more than 370 hours protecting the approaches to Chesapeake Bay. Legare queried more than 180 merchant vessels and boarded eight vessels inbound for Baltimore and Hampton Roads, ensuring only authorized vessels were allowed access to inland water. Legare’s vigilance during these security operations was highlighted Sept. 24th, when Legare conducted a port security boarding of the motor vessel Atlantic Lady. Members of the boarding team discovered excessive amounts of fuel and oil in the bilges and the vessel’s oil-water separator wasn’t working properly.

Coast Guard Icebreaker Back in Seattle

The Coast Guard icebreaker Polar Star returned home to Elliott Bay a day ahead of schedule Tuesday afternoon after a successful voyage to Antarctica to help break a supply channel for U.S. science stations. The 399-ft. long, Seattle-based cutter and its 134-member crew, commanded by Capt. Bruce Toney who usually commands its twin, Polar Sea, scrambled on less than 48-hours notice to leave on Jan. 20 from Pier 36, home of the nation's polar icebreaking fleet. A Russian icebreaker, the Krasin, that the National Science Foundation this year chose to open a channel to supply science stations was confronted by more difficult conditions than expected and slowed by propeller damage.

Dry Blue Star Returns to the Burger Shipyard

Blue Star, a 1987 86.5 ft Raised Pilot House Burger, returned home to the Burger shipyard to have routine maintenance performed. She arrived at the shipyard Tuesday June 9, 2009 after a 10 hour run from Grand Haven, Michigan where she had spent the winter. Once at the Burger facilities she was hauled utilizing Burger’s 500mt Marine Travelift. The Burger Service Team is working closely with the Captain and crew of to assure a rapid return to the water as she is scheduled to spend most of her summer cruising Lake Superior.

USS Norfolk Returns Home to Namesake City

The fast-attack submarine USS Norfolk (SSN 714) returned home to friends and family in Norfolk, Va., May 7 after a successful six-month deployment as part of the USS Nassau (LHA 4) Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG). Norfolk played a crucial role as the only submarine assigned to the ESG. Norfolk brought stealth, endurance, mobility, agility and persistence while executing multimission tasking in direct support of the global war on terrorism. “I’m blessed to have a crew filled with tremendously talented Sailors,” said Cmdr. Scott Adams, Norfolk’s commanding officer. Equipped with the latest technology, Norfolk delivered time-sensitive information to national and military decision makers, contributing significantly to the nation’s security. Deployed primarily to the U.S.

Coast Guard Cutter Cypress Returns Home

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cypress (WLB 210) returned to their homeport in Mobile, Ala., Monday, returning from a seven-day trip to southern Florida. The crew of the Cypress departed Mobile on the Oct. 25 en route to Key West, Fla., to conduct Hurricane Wilma recovery operations. Cypress’ crew delivered supplies to Sector Key West and serviced thirteen buoys in the Key West Main Channel. After completing her mission in the immediate Key West area, the crew of the Cypress steamed approximately 60 miles west to the Dry Tortugas. There, they conducted a complete survey of all 52 navigational aids in the area and serviced five of them. The Cypress is a 225-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Mobile, and services navigational aids from Apalachicola, Fla. to the U.S.

Crowley's Bay-Area Tugs Relocate to Port of Oakland

To better serve its Oakland ship assist and escort customers Crowley Maritime Corporation is relocating its tugs to Berth 9 in the Port of Oakland effective Friday, June 16. The move, eight miles away from Crowley's previous terminal at 10th Avenue, will allow Crowley to provide faster service upon receiving a customer's ship assist request. Crowley tugs will be based closer to most customer operations and will be able to work with greater ease in the expanse of the Outer Harbor. Tugs will no longer need to sail through the Oakland Estuary to reach most vessels. Crowley tugs, which were once a fixture in San Francisco Bay from the early 1900s to 1996, returned home in 2004 to once again provide service to area customers.

This Day in Naval History

1918 - Sailors fire first of the five railroad batteries at Tergnier, a German rail head in the Comeigne Forest. These 14-inch, 50-caliber guns were originally designed for battleships. 1939 - Navy begins formation of neutrality patrol for Atlantic Ocean. 1940 - First destroyers transferred to Great Britain at Halifax, Nova Scotia, under "Destroyers for Bases" agreement. 1944 - USS Independence (CVL 22) begins use of specially trained air group for night work. First time a fully-equipped night carrier operates with fast carrier task force. 1945 - U.S. troops begin returning home when Task Force 11 left Tokyo Bay for the United States. 1953 - Exchange of prisoners of war from Korean War (Operation Big Switch) ends.

Hospital Ship 'Mercy' Delayed by Propulsion Problem

USNS Mercy: Photo credit USN

USNS Mercy's departure on S.E. A “mechanical issue” delayed the has delayed the departure of the hospital ship Mercy, which was scheduled to leave its berth here for a scheduled humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia, according to the Navy. Problems surfaced with the ship’s forward propulsion system just as Mercy was preparing to leave on its four-and-a-half-month deployment for this year’s “Pacific Partnership” humanitarian and civic mission, said mission spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. S. Maria Lohmeyer. “Engineers anticipate the repair will take approximately 48 hours,” Lohmeyer said.

Austal Delivers Fast Ferry for Mineworker Commuters

Photo credit Austal

A 41 metre high speed aluminium passenger catamaran, “Vale Grand Sud” has recently entered into operation for mining company Vale Nouvelle-Calédonie, marking the fourth Austal-built vessel to operate in New Caledonia. “Vale Grand Sud” was designed to provide new levels of speed and comfort to members of the company’s 1,000 strong workforce, as they commute between Noumea and the Goro mine site’s Prony Port. The vessel will offer Vale’s Goro workforce a safe, reliable and comfortable commute of approximately one hour…

British Warship Home from Middle East

HMS Westminster: Photo credit MOD

Portsmouth-based 'HMS Westminster' returns home from a Middle East deployment which included a £14-million drugs bust. During seven months away - clocking up more than 44,000 miles (71,000km) - the ship disrupted three groups of suspected pirates who were targeting merchant shipping and conducted security patrols in the Gulf and Indian Ocean. The Type 23 frigate also seized more than 70 bales containing pure heroin from a dhow in the Indian Ocean. HMS Westminster also paid goodwill visits across the region from Aqaba in Jordan to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania…

U.S. Coast Guard Photo: CGC Morro Bay

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay (approaching from right) returns home to New London, Conn., where they were greeted by friends, family members and loved ones on Apr. 19, 2001 after a six-month deployment to the Great Lakes. The crew broke ice in all five of the Great Lakes, not only ensuring the delivery of heating oil to those in the impacted area, but also acting as a search and rescue platform while on patrol, sucessfully rescuing a man who was stranded on an ice floe. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie.

Hutchison Set to Retire After 42 Years

John C. G. Hutchison closes a 42 year career at this year’s Workboat Show in New Orleans. Born in Philly on April Fool’s Day 1941, John Hutchison played collegiate golf at Duke University and Moravian College, and coached the golf team at Lehigh University before being drafted in 1966. A Viet Nam vet, 2nd LT, Infantry Branch, John returned home in 1970 and worked at the Bethlehem Steel Corporate Office in Bethlehem, PA, and other Bethlehem offices in Burns Harbor IN, Johnstown PA, and Sparrows Pt., MD.

Near-Bankrupt Shipowners Vanish

Foreign seafarers are being left stranded in British ports after their shipping companies flounder on the brink of bankruptcy. HM Courts and Tribunals Service said there were 42 warrants of arrest executed in the UK in 2011, up from 34 in 2010. The ships have been arrested by the Admiralty Marshall, a branch of the Ministry of Justice, due to unpaid fuel bills, mortgages and other maritime lien. Angry, confused and disillusioned crew members of various nationalities including Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian, have been living in their vessels for months on end without being paid wages and without an idea of when they can return home, reports The Argus.

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