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  • Happy 227th Birthday, United States Coast Guard

    08/04/2017 8:15:59 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    See body of thread for links | August 4, 2017
    The United States Coast Guard was established August 4, 1790. United States Coast Guard Tribute "Semper Paratus" US Coast Guard home page
  • Coast Guard 'will not break faith' with transgender members, leader says

    08/01/2017 10:39:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 152 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 1, 2017 | Ellen Mitchell
    Coast Guard officials reached out personally to their transgender service members to express support after President Trumps announcement of a new policy barring transgender people in the military, according to Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. The first thing we did is we reached out to all 13 members of the Coast Guard who have come out as transgender, Zukunft told attendees at a Center for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington. Zukunft said he contacted Lt. Taylor Miller, the Coast Guards first openly transitioning officer who was featured in a Washington Post article last week. If you read that story,...
  • Charge: Drunk, gun-wielding husband killed wife in Uber ride

    07/07/2017 10:44:34 AM PDT · by Drew68 · 32 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 06 July 2017 | Levi Pulkkinen
    Murder charge filed after Seattle woman, 29, fatally shot riding home from a wedding All Jennifer Morrison Espitia wanted was to Uber home safely. Instead, King County prosecutors say, she was shot dead by her husband during a drunken, nonsensical argument. Charged Thursday with second-degree murder, Cameron Espitia, 31, is alleged to have shot Jennifer in the back of the head on Sunday while both were riding in an Uber. Prosecutors say Espitia was drunk and irate after attending a wedding with Jennifer. Despite the fact that he was armed with a loaded firearm, he consumed numerous alcoholic drinks and...
  • FBI investigating dirty bomb threat on ship in South Carolina

    06/14/2017 10:47:48 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 9 replies
    News ^ | Staff
    Officials with the Coast Guard say federal and state authorities are continuing to investigate a potential threat which was reported at the Wando Terminal Wednesday night. Coast Guard officials say the FBI is investigating a report of a "dirty bomb" aboard a vessel.
  • Feds investigate possible dirty bomb in Charleston

    06/14/2017 10:02:33 PM PDT · by Texas Colonel · 184 replies
    Live5news.com ^ | 14 June 2017 | Texas Colonel
    MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Coast Guard say federal and state authorities are continuing to investigate a potential threat which was reported at the Wando Terminal Wednesday night. Coast Guard officials say the FBI is investigating a report of a "dirty bomb" aboard a vessel.
  • Now The U.S. Coast Guard Wants Cruise Missiles On Its Icebreakers Too

    05/22/2017 9:40:57 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 4 replies
    The Drive ^ | MAY 22, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    As Russia is building literally a new armada of new icebreakers, ice-capable supply ships, a massive arctic "research" submarine and icebreaker surface combatants armed with cruise missiles, the Pentagon is now looking at arming its relatively tiny fleet of future icebreakers with similar weapons as well. The revelation came during a House subcommittee on Homeland Security hearing where Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft was discussing the service's plans to build three new medium icebreakers, with the first delivery occurring by 2023. A major design study is underway now and the nature of the icebreaker's capabilities still remain up for...
  • Senators to Trump Admin: Coast Guard Critical to National, Economic Security

    03/08/2017 6:07:16 PM PST · by mdittmar · 44 replies
    U.S. Senator Patty Murray ^ | Mar 08 2017 | U.S. Senator Patty Murray
    WASHINGTON, D.C. In a letter sent today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Gary Peters (D-MI), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS) led a bipartisan group of 23 senators urging Office of Management and Budget Administrator Mick Mulvaney not to make a $1.3 billion dollar cut to the budget of the United States Coast Guard. According to reports, the FY 2018 Presidential Budget Request could amount to almost 12 percent of the services budget being cut. President Trump has committed to stopping the flow of illegal drugs into the country, protecting our borders, investing in national...
  • PHOTOS: 26 tons of cocaine worth $715M seized in Pacific

    12/16/2016 7:04:05 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 15, 2016
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida -- More than 26 tons of cocaine worth at least $715 million was brought ashore Thursday in Florida following multiple recent seizures by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Navy in the eastern Pacific. Coast Guard officers said at a news conference Thursday that the drugs brought to Fort Lauderdale came from 27 separate vessel interdictions and five bale recovery operations off Central and South America over the past three months.
  • Coast Guard searching for motorcyclist who flew off Causeway

    12/11/2016 12:38:57 PM PST · by BBell · 35 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | Kim Chatelain, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
    The Coast Guard Sunday morning (Dec. 11) continued its search for a 35-year-old motorcyclist who catapulted off the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway's northbound bridge late Saturday. The motorcycle rammed into the back of an SUV around 11 p.m., leaving debris spread over a half-mile stretch, Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said. The northbound lanes remained closed for several hours before reopening around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Dufrechou said. The operator of the motorcycle has not yet been identified. Dufrechou said the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred about eight miles from the south shore. A...
  • Coast Guard searches for Cuban migrants from capsized boat

    09/26/2016 9:28:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2016 5:24 PM EDT
    The U.S. Coast Guard says its searching for nearly two dozen Cuban migrants who were on board a makeshift vessel that capsized off the Florida Keys. [] Coast Guard spokesman Eric Woodall says three migrants were found Monday on a smaller island near Big Pine Key. The men said they left Cuba last Tuesday with 23 people aboard the vessel, which capsized Wednesday evening.
  • Caribbean Fantasy ferry fire: More than 500 passengers to abandon ship...

    08/17/2016 7:49:29 AM PDT · by cll · 21 replies
    Mirror Online UK ^ | 8/17/16 | Alex Wellman
    Hundreds of passengers on board a packed ferry are being forced to abandon ship after a blaze broke out on board. US Coastguards raced to the scene after receiving reports that a huge fire caught hold of a massive ship carrying more than 500 people. A number of people are feared to be in the water - according to the Coastguard - but it is not yet known if any are injured. Lifeboats According to reports, the vessel is a passenger ferry that caught fire just a mile outside San Juan bay in Puerto Rico. The US Coastguard revealed it...
  • From Coast Guard to Burlesque Performer: Santa Rosa Woman Reinvents Herself

    03/23/2016 4:38:12 PM PDT · by rey · 5 replies
    Only Sonoma ^ | 23 March 2016 | Amy Schaus
    In a world that tells you to hate what you look like, being on stage is an expression of self-love. Kenyetta When youre married for eight and half years to a member of the Coast Guard, a divorce signifies the end of the marriage and your home on a military base. With nowhere to go, Kenyetta joined the Coast Guard. With her sister on deck to care for her son in New York, she attended boot camp and upon graduation, she and her son returned to the base theyd called home. Kenyettas first military station assignment was at the...
  • Savior of VA's suicide hotline dropped 1.4M calls from vets (last 18 months)

    03/13/2016 7:10:12 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 18 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 9, 2016 | By Pete Kasperowicz
    A division of the Department of Veterans Affairs tasked with fixing up the VA's broken veteran suicide hotline has dropped roughly 1.4 million phone calls from veterans since fiscal year 2015, a VA whistleblower told the Washington Examiner. That high number of abandoned calls is raising questions about whether the VA is doing all it can to fix up the suicide hotline, which has been criticized as the latest part of the VA that is failing veterans. Scott Davis, a whistleblower and program specialist at the VA's Health Eligibility Center in Atlanta, noted that the VA's Health Resource Center is...
  • The Marine Corps can confirm ... active search & rescue ... for two CH-53 helicopters (off) of Oahu

    01/15/2016 5:31:09 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 40 replies
    USMC Facebook posting ^ | January 15 | USMC
    U.S. Marine Corps 22 mins *The Marine Corps can confirm there is an active search and rescue operation ongoing for two CH-53 helicopters of the coast of Oahu. The U.S. Coast Guard is currently conducting search and rescue operations. The aircraft are from the 1st Marine Aircraft Wing from Marine Corps Base Hawaii. We will provide more details as they become available.* — Major Christian Devine, USMC
  • Beijing Builds ‘Monster’ Ship for Patrolling the South China Sea

    01/14/2016 5:38:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 25 replies
    The Diplomat ^ | January 13, 2016 | Franz-Stefan Gady
    China has finished construction on a second 10,000-ton China Coast Guard (CCG) cutter destined for patrols in the South China Sea, Chinese state media reports. The ship, designated CCG 3901, “has been completed recently and is ready to start protecting China’s maritime rights,” The Global Times announced. A sister ship, the CCG2901, already deployed to the East China Sea in 2015. The CCG 3901, constructed at Shanghai’s Jiangnan Shipyard, has been dubbed the ‘monster’ by the media due to its unusual large size for a coast guard vessel. According to some sources, the vessel could have a displacement 12,000 to...
  • Geopolitical Icebergs

    12/30/2015 12:50:58 PM PST · by Retain Mike · 8 replies
    U.S. Naval Institue ^ | December 2015 | David P. Auerswald
    The Arctic geopolitical situation is changing rapidly. The Arctic is warming faster than the rest of the globe, with the region losing roughly 13 percent of its ice per decade. Melting ice has raised the possibility of access to new transshipment routes, fishing grounds, mineral deposits, vast petroleum reserves, and tourism opportunities. Use of the Northwest Passage across Canada or the Northern Sea Route across Russia could shorten transcontinental shipment distances by at least a third and open new venues for destination tourism. A truly transpolar route may be possible by 2030, which would shorten shipping times even more. On...
  • Rescued cat-carrying French yachtsman is fundraising for a new boat

    10/24/2015 4:30:58 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 5 replies
    Practical Boat Owner ^ | 10-23-15 | Laura Hodgetts
    Solo sailor Emmanuel Wattecamps has set up a fundraising page to try and buy a new boat after his yacht sank following a dramatic rescue. The 28-year-old Frenchman who is originally from Brittany, France was rescued from his stricken boat La Chimere on Tuesday, 20 October, approximately 400 miles south of Cold Bay, Alaska. His leap to safety from his 30ft yacht to the Swedish ice breaking ship Tor Viking in heavy seas, was filmed by a C-130 Hercules Coast Guard plane monitoring the rescue. Emmanuel said: My beloved new pet (and new best friend) Pipalup the cat and I...
  • Coast Guard to hold press conference in Jacksonville for search of El Faro crew

    10/07/2015 11:54:51 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 19 replies
    Coast Guard ^ | Oct 7, 2015
    The Coast Guard will hold a joint press briefing with the National Transportation Safety Board to provide updated information on the search for the crew of El Faro and the investigation Wednesday afternoon.
  • El Faro owners say mechanical failure left cargo ship adrift amid Hurricane Joaquin

    10/06/2015 6:33:38 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 46 replies
    FoxNews ^ | October 06, 2015 | FoxNews
    The owners of a cargo ship that disappeared Thursday with 33 people on board as Hurricane Joaquin raged said the ship's captain had planned to skirt the storm, but was prevented from doing so by a mechanical failure that left the boat adrift in the path of the power storm. Phil Greene, president and CEO of ship owner Tote Services Inc., told the Associated Press the captain of the El Faro, whose name has not been released, had conferred with her sister ship which was returning to Jacksonville, Fla. along a similar route and determined the weather was...
  • **Photo and Video Available** Coast Guard holds press conference for missing container ship

    10/05/2015 2:49:25 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 14 replies
    U.S. Coast Guard, 7th Coast Guard District ^ | October 05, 2015 | U.S. Coast Guard, 7th Coast Guard District
    Coast Guard Capt. Mark Fedor responds to questions during a press conference for search-and-rescue operations for a missing container ship, El Faro, at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, Oct. 5, 2015. Thirty-three people were aboard the El Faro before it went missing in the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney.