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26 Nov 2017

National Security Cutter Midgett Launched

Ingalls Shipbuilding launched the National Security Cutter Midgett on November 22, 2017. The ship will be christened during a ceremony on December 9 (Photo: Lance Davis/HII)

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division has launched its eight National Security Cutter (NSC) built for the U.S. Coast Guard. NSC Midgett (WMSL 757) was launched on November 22, 2017, and will be christened during a ceremony on December 9. The ship is named to honor John Allen Midgett, who was awarded the Silver Cup by the U.K. Board of Trade in 1918 for the rescue of 42 British sailors aboard the British tanker Mirlo after it was torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of North Carolina. He was also awarded the Gold Lifesaving Medal by the U.S.

15 May 2017

Op/Ed: USCG Forges the Future of Navigation

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock is one of six cutters and multiple shore units presently tasked with aids-to-navigation duties within the Great Lakes for the operation. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Nick Gould)

Maintaining the system of buoys and beacons that guide mariners through our nation’s waterways is the United States Coast Guard’s oldest mission. Tracing its roots to the ninth law passed by Congress in 1790 that moved lighthouses under Federal control, the U.S. Lighthouse Service and its vast portfolio of buoys, beacons, buoy tenders and lightships were a founding part of the U.S. Coast Guard in 1939. Along with the mission, many of the beacons the Coast Guard maintains today date back centuries.

28 Jan 2017

Ingalls Authenticates Keel of NSC Midgett

Ship Sponsor Jazania O’Neal writes her initials onto a steel plate that will be welded inside Midgett (WMSL 757), the National Security Cutter named in honor of her grandfather, John Allen Midgett. Pictured with O’Neal are (left to right) Capt. Christopher Webb, commanding officer, U.S. Coast Guard Project Resident Office Gulf Coast; Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias; and Jack Beard, a structural welder at Ingalls. Photo by Lance DavisHII

Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (NYSE:HII) Ingalls Shipbuilding division today authenticated the keel of the eighth U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, Midgett (WMSL 757). “The National Security Cutter Program is vital to our Coast Guard, our country and to Ingalls Shipbuilding,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. “Today, we lay the foundation upon which this great ship will be built. The ship is named to honor John Allen Midgett, who was awarded the silver cup by the U.K.

25 Mar 2013

Bollinger Deliver Fifth Fast Response Cutter

FRC 'Margaret Norvell': Photo credit Bollinger Shipyards

Bollinger Shipyards has delivered the 'Margaret Norvell', the fifth Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard. The 154 foot patrol craft 'Margaret Norvell' is the fifth vessel in the Coast Guard's Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger Shipyards used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26 foot cutter boat.

06 May 2013

Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell Arrives in Miami

Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell. Photo: USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell, the fifth of the service's planned 58 Fast Response Cutters in the Sentinel Class and the first of its class to be named after a female Coast Guard heroine, arrived at her homeport Coast Guard Sector Miami, Fla., Sunday. Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell is scheduled for commissioning in New Orleans on June 1, 2013. The location of the commissioning honors the history of the cutter’s namesake. This vessel is named after Coast Guard heroine Margaret Norvell who served admirably for 41 years with the U.S.

04 Jun 2013

USCG Welcomes Cutter Margaret Norvell

Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell is named after lighthouse keeper Margaret Norvell who served with the U.S. Lighthouse Service for more than 41 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

She was a leader. She was a trailblazer. She was a lifesaver. She’s the namesake of the Coast Guard’s newest cutter – Margaret “Madge” Norvell. The Coast Guard welcomed their newest fast response cutter to the fleet this weekend as Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell was commissioned in Miami. The cutter is the first in its class to be named after a Coast Guard heroine. Norvell, a member of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, first served at the Head of Passes Light as an assistant keeper from 1891 to 1896.

04 Aug 2010

U.S. Coast Guard Celebrates 220 Years Today

Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., the Coast Guard Commandant, and Seaman John Kroll, a member of the Ceremonial Honor Guard, salute the statue of the ÒLone SailorÓ during the Coast Guard Dixieland Band Concert at the Navy Memorial Plaza, Aug. 3, 2010. The concert was held to honor the 220th birthday of the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kip Wadlow.

From its genesis as the Revenue Marine, the Coast Guard has evolved to become the world’s premier multi-mission, maritime service, conducting operations around the globe to execute its 11 missions. “Coast Guardsmen are agile, adaptable and multi-missioned,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr. “Born as revenue cuttermen, lighthouse keepers, steamboat inspectors and surfmen, we have expanded to meet the maritime needs of our nation. The Coast Guard began its service to America in 1790 within the Treasury Department as the Revenue Marine, later renamed the Revenue Cutter Service.

01 Mar 2011

This Day in U.S. Coast Guard History - March 1

1876- Nuova Ottavia, an Italian vessel, grounded near the Jones Hill North Carolina Life-Saving Station. The rescue attempt by the crew of that station resulted in the loss of seven surfmen, the first deaths in the line of duty since the service began using paid crews in 1870. Among the dead was African-American Surfman Jeremiah Munden, the first African-American surfman to die in the line of duty. 1902- The first regular light stations in Alaska were established at Southeast Five Finger Island and at Sentinel Island. Both were on the main inside passage between Wrangell Strait and Skagway. 1927- The U.S. Lighthouse Service put into effect a system of broadcasting radio weather reports by four lightships stationed along the Pacific Coast.

27 Jan 2003

Manitowoc Launches Coast Guard Cutter

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. has launched the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, the fourteenth ship in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built at Manitowoc’s Marinette Marine subsidiary. Juniper-class vessel is part of a series of contracts that were awarded to Marinette in 1993 and 1998. “HOLLYHOCK and her sister cutters are highly sophisticated vessels that will enable the U.S. Coast Guard to effectively perform a wide variety of missions,” said Terry D. Growcock, Manitowoc’s chairman and chief executive officer. The launch ceremony, which took place on January 25, featured Rear Admiral Ronald F. admiral’s wife and sponsor of the ship, performing the traditional christening ceremony. The U.S. command of Lt.

20 Jan 2003

Miller to Christen New Cutter at Marinette Marine

Marinette Marine Corporation, a division of Manitowoc Marine Group, is scheduled to launch the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock (WLB-214) on Saturday, January 25, at its shipyard located on the Menominee River in Marinette, Wis. Class seagoing buoy tenders being built by Marinette Marine Corporation. navigation. response, and domestic ice-breaking duties. Time. The Honorable Candice Miller, U.S. sophisticated vessel. spectacular side launch of the vessel into the Menominee River. The USCGC Hollyhock is a 225-ft. from Port Huron, Michigan, under the command of Lt. Michael McBrady. Pacific Ocean, and the Gulf of Mexico. distinguished buoy tender. Guard cutter that served the United States from 1937 through 1982. City, Mich., on March 25, 1937. fleet serving the U.S.

05 Mar 2004

Vessels: Manitowoc Group Launches Another Cutter

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. launched the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder, the last ship in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built at Manitowoc's Marinette Marine subsidiary. This 225-ft, Juniper-class vessel is part of a series of contracts that were awarded to Marinette in 1993 and 1998. "Alder is a highly sophisticated cutter that will help the U.S. Coast Guard's homeland security efforts and other missions," said Dennis McCloskey, president of Manitowoc's Marine Group. The launch ceremony, which took place on February 7, featured Vice Admiral James D. Hull, Commander of the Atlantic Area, as the keynote speaker, with Judith Hull, the admiral's wife and sponsor of the ship, performing the traditional christening ceremony. The U.S.

09 Feb 2004

Manitowoc Group Launches Cutter

The Manitowoc Company, Inc. has launched the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder, the last ship in a series of 16 seagoing buoy tenders being built at Manitowoc’s Marinette Marine subsidiary. This 225-ft, Juniper-class vessel is part of a series of contracts that were awarded to Marinette in 1993 and 1998. “ALDER is a highly sophisticated cutter that will help the U.S. Coast Guard’s homeland security efforts and other missions,” said Dennis McCloskey, president of Manitowoc’s Marine Group. The launch ceremony, which took place on February 7, featured Vice Admiral James D.

08 May 2012

New Manhattan Sailing School

Offshore Sailing School has signed an agreement with Liberty Landing NYC at Hudson River Park's Pier 25 in Manhattan's Tribeca area. The New York sailing school will provide sailing lessons and sailing courses for area residents and visitors starting May 15, 2012 at this new location. A long time tenant of Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park on the New Jersey side of the Hudson River, Offshore Sailing School brings sailing lessons for adults, teens and youngsters to lower Manhattan with plans to expand with a sailing club and community sailing offers. Courses offered in the initial stages are the three-day and five-day Learn to Sail courses. Performance Sailing courses will also be available, as well as two-hour sailing lessons.

01 Mar 2010

This Day in Coast Guard History – Mar. 1

1876- Nuova Ottavia, an Italian vessel, grounded near the Jones Hill North Carolina Life-Saving Station. The rescue attempt by the crew of that station resulted in the loss of seven surfmen, the first deaths in the line of duty since the service began using paid crews in 1870. Among the dead was African-American Surfman Lewis White. 1902- The first regular light stations in Alaska were established at Southeast Five Finger Island and at Sentinel Island. Both were on the main inside passage between Wrangell Strait and Skagway. 1927- The U.S. Lighthouse Service put into effect a system of broadcasting radio weather reports by four lightships stationed along the Pacific Coast.

21 Mar 2000

Top of Lighthouse Delivered by USCG

The cupola of the Ship Island Lighthouse was delivered and placed on the top of the lighthouse this morning by a helicopter from USCG Air Station New Orleans. The 900 lbs. copula was placed on the newly reconstructed lighthouse. The friends of the National Seashore Foundation, National Park Service and the Naval Seabee's are coordinating the project. Over the last six months, USCG Station Gulfport and Aids to Navigation Team Gulfport assisted in the delivery of supplies and personnel to the island for the project. There has been a lighthouse on Ship Island, Miss. since 1850's. At that time a predecessor of the modern Day Coast Guard, the U.S. Lighthouse Service, manned it. The lighthouse stood at the spot until is was accidentally burned down in 1971.

24 Sep 1999

USCG Celebrates 209th Anniversary

Originally formed as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790, the USCG, which celebrated its 209th year anniversary in August, has grown to include other federal agencies including the U.S. Life-saving Service in 1915, the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1939 and the Bureau of Navigation and Steamboat Inspection Service in 1942. As a result, the missions of the modern-day USCG include safety of life at sea, maritime law enforcement, marine environmental protection, waterways management, and national defense. Therefore, the USCG is truly a multi-missioned maritime service. Recently, the USCG was authorized a battle streamer for the Maritime Defense of the New Republic.

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