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  • LoBiondo sponsors bill permitting mariners to defend their ships against pirates

    06/23/2009 10:08:16 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 10 replies · 499+ views
    New Jersey On-Line ^ | June 22, 2009, | Gloucester County Times
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - House Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation Ranking Member Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-02) has introduced legislation to provide immunity to U.S. merchant mariners who wound or kill pirates while responding to a pirate attack. H.R. 2984, the "U.S. Mariner and Vessel Protection Act," was introduced in response to the recent hijacking of the U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates, during which the pirates kidnapped the ship's captain. The bill directs the U.S. Coast Guard to certify firearms training for merchant mariners on U.S.-flagged merchant vessels. Any trained mariner using force and the owner, operator or master of said...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary! ~ 23 JUNE, 2009

    06/22/2009 6:01:54 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 183 replies · 2,582+ views
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World | The Canteen Crew
          ~The FReeper Canteen Presents~ Happy Birthday United States Coast Guard Auxiliary! Semper Paratus The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary was established on June 23, 1939 by an act of Congress as the United States Coast Guard Reserve and re-designated as the Auxiliary on February 19, 1941. The mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, waterways and coastal regions, as directed by the United States Coast Guard. On June 23, 1939, Congress established the Coast Guard Reserve, a volunteer civilian organization, to promote boating safety and...
  • New rule puts U.S. Coast Guard in Canadian waters

    05/29/2009 11:27:34 AM PDT · by BGHater · 3 replies · 387+ views
    CTV ^ | 26 May 2009 | News Staff
    Canada and the U.S. signed an agreement Monday designed to increase border security by allowing the RCMP and the U.S. Coast Guard to team up and ride in each others' vessels during border patrols. Known as the Shiprider program, the new rules intend to improve security and eliminate jurisdictional grey areas in Canada-U.S. waterways. Without the new program, vessels must stop at the border and call upon the other country's officials for help. The Shiprider program has been used as a pilot program over the past few years to catch smugglers and criminals on joint waterways. Public Safety Minister Peter...
  • Navy Helicopter With 5 Aboard Crashes Off San Diego Coast

    05/20/2009 5:50:04 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 8 replies · 996+ views
    FOX/AP ^ | May 20, 2009
    SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard says a Navy helicopter with five people aboard has crashed into the ocean 13 miles south of San Diego near the Coronado Islands.
  • Navy helicopter with 5 aboard crashes off SD coast

    05/20/2009 2:38:08 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 30 replies · 3,457+ views
    Ventura County Star ^ | 05/20/2009 | NA
    The Coast Guard says a Navy helicopter with five people aboard has crashed into the ocean 13 miles south of San Diego near the Coronado Islands. More Navy Copter Down (from AP) Prayers up.prisoner6
  • NORAD Officials Reschedule Capital-area Exercise

    05/18/2009 11:18:02 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 2 replies · 310+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | May 18 | Jim Garamone
    WASHINGTON, May 18, 2009 – A North American Aerospace Defense Command exercise designed to test the command’s aerospace defense capabilities in the national capital area has been rescheduled after inclement weather last week forced its postponement. Exercise Falcon Virgo, originally planned for the May 15-16 overnight period, now is scheduled for May 19-20. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jets, Coast Guard Dolphin choppers and Civil Air Patrol Cessnas will participate in the exercise over the nation’s capital and its suburbs. A number of Falcon Virgo exercises have taken place since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, officials said. The most...
  • U.S. ships must post guards if sailing off Somalia

    05/12/2009 9:46:18 PM PDT · by EagleUSA · 13 replies · 682+ views
    Yahoo / Reuters ^ | 5/12/2009 | Jane Sutton
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (Reuters) – The U.S. Coast Guard will require U.S.-flagged ships sailing around the Horn of Africa to post guards and ship owners to submit anti-piracy security plans for approval, a Coast Guard official said on Tuesday. The new requirements, which respond to a surge of piracy off the coast of Somalia, allow ship owners to decide whether to use armed or unarmed guards, Coast Guard Rear Admiral James Watson told shipping industry representatives at a maritime security meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The revised Maritime Security Directive, highly anticipated by the shipping industry, was signed on Monday...
  • [Homeland Security Secretary] Napolitano to Speak at Coast Guard Graduation

    04/20/2009 7:41:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies · 776+ views
    NEW LONDON, Conn. - The U.S. Coast Guard Academy says Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will give the keynote speech at the Connecticut school's 128th commencement next month. The graduation ceremony is set for May 20 at the New London campus. --snip-- Napolitano was on CNN's "State of the Union" show Sunday defending an intelligence report by her agency that veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan could be susceptible to recruitment by right-wing extremists.
  • Somali Pirates Fire on U.S. Merchant Vessel

    04/15/2009 5:04:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 2,005+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 15, 2009 – Somali pirates fired on a U.S.-flagged merchant vessel south of the Gulf of Aden today, military officials reported. Pirates attacked the motor vessel Liberty Sun with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades. The crew put out a distress call received by the U.S. Coast Guard. “The pirates were not successful in their attempt to board the vessel,” said Navy Lt. Nate Christensen, a spokesman for the Navy’s 5th Fleet in Bahrain. “The USS Bainbridge, [which] was in the general vicinity, responded to ensure Liberty Sun wasn’t in peril.” The pirates had fled by the time the...
  • U.S. Law Fights Submarine-Like Boats Hauling Cocaine

    04/07/2009 4:47:07 AM PDT · by kellynla · 39 replies · 2,294+ views ^ | April 06, 2009 | Frank Bajak
    Bogota (AP) - It's a game played out regularly on the high seas off Colombia's Pacific coast: A U.S. Navy helicopter spots a vessel the size of a humpback whale gliding just beneath the water's surface. A Coast Guard ship dispatches an armed team to board the small, submarine-like craft in search of cocaine. Crew members wave and jump into the sea to be rescued, but not before they open flood valves and send the fiberglass hulk and its cargo into the deep. Colombia has yet to make a single arrest in such scuttlings because the evidence sinks with the...
  • FWC releases report on missing boaters (NFL Players)

    03/27/2009 11:11:07 AM PDT · by Reagan69 · 26 replies · 1,463+ views
    BayNews9 ^ | 3-27-09 | Bay News 9
    Attempts to free a stuck anchor caused the boat carrying four football players to turn over and capsize, according to a report released by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission on Friday. According to the report, the problems for the boaters started when they attempted to pull their anchor up so they could head back to port.
  • Coast Guard Trains Partner Nations in Exercise Tradewinds (Know TONK is watching from above)

    03/10/2009 5:04:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 142+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. Sheila Brooks, USMC and Lance Cpl. Randall Little, USMC
    NASSAU, Bahamas, March 10, 2009 – Coast Guardsmen from District 7, Tactical Law Enforcement Detachment, are taking part in Tradewinds 2009, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise designed to increase maritime security. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Gustavo Tirado demonstrates defensive techniques during compliant boarding training for servicemembers from the Dominican Republic Defence Forces at Royal Bahamas Defence Force Base in Coral Harbour, Bahamas, March 6, 2009. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sheila M. Brooks  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The Coast Guardsmen trained servicemembers from partner nations in compliant and noncompliant boarding March 6 to 8 at...
  • Navy, Coast Guard Ships Participate in Exercise Aman (in memory of TONK)

    03/09/2009 4:39:36 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 275+ views
    MANAMA, Bahrain, March 9, 2009 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell left Karachi, Pakistan, today after a four-day port visit to participate in the international naval exercise Aman 2009, marking the first time a U.S. ship has pulled into Pakistan since May. The 10-day exercise, which began March 5, focuses on air, surface and maritime security training. It includes representatives from 38 countries, as well as ships from 11 nations that include the United States, United Kingdom, Pakistan and Australia. The at-sea portion of the exercise is being conducted primarily in the North Arabian Sea, off the coast of Pakistan....
  • NFL Player Lost at Sea Urged to Buy Life-Saving Device for Boats in Distress -- But Didn't

    03/07/2009 8:52:19 PM PST · by metmom · 46 replies · 2,890+ views ^ | Thursday, March 05, 2009 | FOX NEWS
    Two days before NFL player Marquis Cooper took a doomed fishing trip with three friends in Florida Gulf Coast waters, a friend urged him to buy a life-saving device used to locate boats in distress. Cooper hadn't heard of the gadget, an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB). And he didn't purchase one before his excursion on Saturday, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
  • Despite Economic Uncertainties, Coast Guard Looks to Modernize (For You TONK)

    03/04/2009 3:58:03 PM PST · by SandRat · 5 replies · 294+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 4, 2009 – The Coast Guard is used to being in high demand, overworked and underequipped, but the pursuit to modernize in the midst of fiscal ambiguity is the real challenge, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen said yesterday. “The fact that demand for Coast Guard services exceeds our capacity has always been the case,” Allen said during his State of the Coast Guard address at the National Press Center here. “But as the nation faces fiscal uncertainty, we'll have to make difficult financial choices and manage resources to buy down risk in the most critical areas.”...
  • Florida Boat Accident Survivor: 2 NFL Players Gave Up Hope

    03/04/2009 10:46:36 AM PST · by Zakeet · 136 replies · 7,222+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 4, 2009
    As the Coast Guard ended its search for three missing football players whose boat tipped over in high Florida seas, the lone survivor said two of those lost gave up after hours in the frigid water and the third tried to swim to safety. South Florida player Nick Schuyler told investigators that all four of the friends on a fishing excursion were initially wearing life vests and clinging to the 21-foot boat belonging to Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper. But two to four hours after the boat capsized, one of the NFL players removed his life jacket and let...
  • Coast Guard Will Call Off Search for 3 Missing Football Players by Sunset

    03/03/2009 7:02:57 PM PST · by metmom · 74 replies · 2,612+ views ^ | Tuesday, March 03, 2009 | FOX NEWS
    The Coast Guard called off its search for three missing football players at sunset Tuesday. The news came after crews combed choppy waters off the Florida Gulf Coast for a third full day since NFL players Marquis Cooper and Corey Smith and a third friend William Bleakley disappeared. Their fishing boat capsized in stormy seas Saturday evening. One of the four on the excursion, Nick Schuyler, survived.
  • Nick Schuyler identified as RESCUED boater

    03/02/2009 12:06:36 PM PST · by Reagan69 · 110 replies · 7,165+ views
    Bay News 9 ^ | 3/2/09 | baynews9
    Nick Schuyler was taken via helicopter to Tampa General Hospital. Officials are still searching for former Buccaneers Corey Smith and Marquis Cooper, along with ex-USF football player William Bleakley.
  • Overturned Boat Found in Search for NFL Players

    03/02/2009 10:30:12 AM PST · by Scythian · 39 replies · 2,900+ views
    DEVELOPING: The Coast Guard has found an overturned boat with one person clinging to it in the search for missing NFL players. Search crews found the boat about 30 miles off the Gulf Coast of Florida. Corey Smith, a free-agent defensive end who played for the Detroit Lions last season, and Marquis Cooper, an Oakland Raiders linebacker, are two of the four people aboard the boat that didn't return from a fishing trip Saturday. Will Bleakley and Nick Schuyler, both former University of South Florida players, were also aboard. The identity of the man hanging on to the boat could...
  • Coast Guard: Boat has been found, someone clinging to the side

    03/02/2009 9:40:47 AM PST · by rawhide · 24 replies · 2,338+ views
    tampabay10news ^ | 3-2-09 | Erica Pitzi
    UPDATE: A family member tells us that the Coast Guard has found a boat with one person clinging to the side. We will have the details posted here as we learn them.
  • 1 Found Clinging To Overturned Boat, No Word On Missing NFL Players

    03/02/2009 9:39:08 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 103 replies · 6,032+ views
    <p>Overturned boat found in Gulf of Mexico with 1 person clinging to it. No word if it is one of the missing NFL players.</p>
  • Fishing Boat Carrying NFL Players Reported Missing in Florida

    03/01/2009 3:19:37 PM PST · by RDTF · 57 replies · 3,473+ views
    Fox ^ | March 1, 2009
    Detroit Lions defensive end Corey Smith and Oakland Raiders linebacker Marquis Cooper were among four boaters missing Sunday off Florida's Gulf Coast, the Coast Guard and Smith's agent said. Smith and Cooper were on a 21-foot vessel that left Clearwater Pass on Saturday morning for a fishing trip and did not return as expected, the Coast Guard said Sunday. Crews used a helicopter and a 47-foot boat to search a 750-square mile area west of Clearwater Pass on Sunday -snip-
  • Three NFL Players missing off Gulf Coast

    03/01/2009 8:51:19 AM PST · by rintense · 186 replies · 9,704+ views
    The Coast Guard is in search of a fishing boat 50 miles off the coast of Clearwater, FL. Reportedly, the boat is carrying three NFL players, including one who plays for the Detroit Lions. The 21-foot boat apparently left Clearwater Pass on Saturday with four people aboard and likely encountered choppy conditions in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Coast Guard Contributes to Counter-piracy Mission (TONK this for you)

    02/18/2009 9:32:10 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 426+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Tony Migliorini, USCG
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2009 – The Coast Guard is actively engaged in implementing the president’s counter-piracy action plan, senior Coast Guard officials said. Capt. Charles Michel, chief of the Office of Maritime and International Law, and Capt. Michael Giglio, chief of law enforcement, discussed the Coast Guard’s international counter-piracy efforts yesterday with bloggers and online journalists. “Piracy goes back many, many years -- many thousands of years, actually -- about the time that man started first taking onto the water in ships,” Michel said. “Piracy is essentially an act of violence or depredation conducted on the high seas from...
  • Coast Guard: Fishermen trapped on Lake Erie ice

    02/07/2009 11:15:38 AM PST · by GQuagmire · 56 replies · 2,026+ views via AP ^ | Saturday, February 7, 2009 | AP
    CLEVELAND - The Coast Guard says several hundred people are trapped on a slab of ice about 8 miles wide that has broken free and is floating away from the Ohio shoreline of Lake Erie.
  • Coast Guard asks boaters, pilots to use digital frequencies; will no longer respond to analog

    01/22/2009 3:16:29 AM PST · by Daffynition · 31 replies · 784+ views
    Newsday ^ | January 21, 2009 | staff reporter
    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it will no longer respond to distress calls sent by analog signal starting Feb. 1. The agency is switching to digital frequencies and says the new equipment cannot process signals transmitting on 121.5 or 243.0 MHz. The Coast Guard said Wednesday in a statement that the switch to digital will provide a more stable and powerful signal that could improve response times. The agency said mariners and aviators should upgrade their equipment to include a digital 406-MHz distress radio beacon and register it [snip]
  • Navy, Coast Guard Join to Combat Piracy (Tonk would have Loved a Role in this Mission)

    01/21/2009 3:33:53 PM PST · by SandRat · 15 replies · 470+ views
    AT SEA ABOARD USS SAN ANTONIO, Jan. 21, 2009 – Navy and Coast Guard boarding teams are working together to ensure safe operations in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and Indian Ocean as part of Combined Task Force 151, a multinational counter-piracy task force. Coast Guard and Navy teams board suspect vessels to detect, deter and disrupt piracy activities. "This is a law-enforcement operation to deter piracy and make the waters safe for all nations," Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Greg Ponzi, officer in charge for Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment 405, said. Each boarding team for CTF...
  • Video: See heroic landing of US Airways flight 1549 in the Hudson River

    01/16/2009 10:47:32 PM PST · by BAW · 31 replies · 3,141+ views
    Newsday ^ | January 17, 2009
    The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board released this Coast Guard video of US Airways flight 1549 landing in the Hudson River . . .
  • Coast Guard Video of Flight 1549

    01/17/2009 11:30:07 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 12 replies · 676+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 1/17/2009 | Moneyrunner
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  • Hudson Crash from Coast Guard Camera (Video of Crash and Rescue)

    01/17/2009 10:36:19 AM PST · by Reaganesque · 15 replies · 1,711+ views
    Live Leak ^ | 01/16/09 | The US Coast Guard
    Click here for video. Crash happens at about 2:02 minutes into the video.
  • VIDEO: US A320 river crash captured by Coast Guard camera

    01/17/2009 6:59:36 AM PST · by Yo-Yo · 45 replies · 3,240+ views
    Flight International and LiveLeak ^ | 17 Jan 2009 | David Kaminski-Morrow
    Surveillance camera images have emerged of the moment a US Airways Airbus A320 ditched into the Hudson River in New York, capturing the aircraft as it slowed to a halt and the initial moments of evacuation. The 10min section of video, from a US Coast Guard vessel traffic service camera, covers the time between 15:29 and 15:39 on 15 January. US Airways flight 1549's emergency ditching occurred at 15:31, about 2min 2s into the video section. It shows the aircraft decelerating on the surface of the river, before zooming in to capture the evacuation process - with passengers clambering...
  • Coast Guard establishes security zone for presidential railway tour

    01/13/2009 9:33:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies · 446+ views
    United States Coast Guard ^ | January 12, 2009 | Public Affairs Detatchment Atlantic City
    PHILADELPHIA- On Jan. 17, 2009, the Coast Guard will establish five temporary security zones for a scheduled railway transit by high-ranking government officials. The security zones will be in effect 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2009, and include the following areas: * Delaware River, shoreline to shoreline beginning at the Walt Whitman Bridge south to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. * Schuylkill River, shoreline to shoreline beginning at the mouth and ending at the Fairmont Park Dam in Philadelphia. * Christina River, shoreline to shoreline beginning at the mouth and ending at the public dock at Ship Yard...
  • National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of December 30, 2008

    01/02/2009 12:19:49 PM PST · by SandRat · 14 replies · 625+ views
    This week the Coast Guard and the Air Force announced an increase, while the Army, Navy and Marine Corps announced a decrease.  The net collective result is 1,551 more reservists activated since last week.               At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease.  The total number currently on active duty from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve is 96,803; Navy Reserve, 5,910; Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, 12,420; Marine Corps Reserve, 8,253; and the Coast Guard Reserve, 906. This brings...
  • Scientists eye unusual swarm of Yellowstone quakes

    12/30/2008 6:03:18 AM PST · by Red Badger · 66 replies · 2,438+ views ^ | 12/29/2008 | By MEAD GRUVER
    <p>CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come. Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days, said Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.</p>
  • FBI launches investigation into missing cruise ship passenger

    12/29/2008 11:04:48 AM PST · by cll · 38 replies · 2,585+ views
    So. FL Sun Sentinel via ^ | 12/29/2008 | Sofia Santana
    MIAMI | A Norwegian Cruise Line cruise ship at the center of a missing person mystery returned to the Port of Miami on Sunday morning, where FBI agents stood waiting. Sunday they launched an investigation into the disappearance of Jennifer Seitz, 36, who was a passenger aboard the Norwegian Pearl, officials said. “We’re looking to see if a crime was committed on the high seas,” said FBI Special Agent Michael Leverock. He added that agents interviewed numerous passengers and crew members Sunday morning and searched the cabin Seitz was staying in for any potential clues to what may have happened...
  • [President]Bush calls Coast Guardsman at Guantanamo to thank him

    12/26/2008 2:54:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies · 673+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers ^ | December 26, 2008 | Carol Rosenberg and David Lightman
    <p>President-elect Barack Obama has vowed to close it. The international community has condemned it.</p> <p>On Christmas Eve, however, when it came time for him to wish some American service members a Merry Christmas for his last time in office, President George W. Bush rang up a North Carolina man who's assigned to the military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.</p>
  • 3rd body recovered from Gulf following helicopter crash--SE Texas

    12/11/2008 3:43:04 PM PST · by deport · 8 replies · 1,142+ views
    KFDM TV- Beaumont, Tx ^ | 12-11-08 | Scott Lawrence
    Justice of the Peace Tom Gillam tells KFDM News a third body has been recovered from the Gulf and the search continues for two other people who were on a helicopter that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, south of Sabine Pass. Petty Officer Renee Aiello tells KFDM News the helicopter was reported down at 9:47 a.m. Thursday about two miles off the coast of Sabine Pass. She says the call came into the 8th District Operations Center in New Orleans from Rotorcraft, a helicopter leasing company. Aiello says the helicopter pilot had not checked in as scheduled. Aiello says...
  • New Law Would Help Drug Enforcement, Coast Guard Officer Says (Tonk, new law to help USCG)

    10/02/2008 4:30:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 374+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2008 – Legislation imposing tough penalties for operating undocumented semi-submersible vessels in international waters would help drug-interdiction efforts, the deputy chief of the Coast Guard’s Law Enforcement Office said Sept. 30. Self-propelled semi-submersibles, or SPSSs, are small sea vessels, usually less than 100 feet in length, designed to sink themselves when detected, Coast Guard Cmdr. Cameron Naron explained to bloggers in a teleconference. Drug traffickers are adapting the technology with increasing success to evade law enforcement, he said. “Drug-trafficking organizations continue to adapt these vessels … to our law enforcement successes,” Naron said. “These SPSSs were once...
  • Coast Guard seizes $196 million of cocaine in second bust this week - semisubmersibles

    09/30/2008 2:44:19 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 16 replies · 1,019+ views
    USCG Press Release ^ | September 19, 2008 | Lt. Cmdr. Chris O'Neil
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett and U.S. Navy maritime patrol aircraft teamed up to interdict a stateless, self-propelled, semi-submersible vessel Wednesday with seven tons of cocaine aboard approximately 400 miles south of the Mexico-Guatemala border. The 60-foot, self-propelled, semi-submersible (SPSS) craft was detected by a U.S. Navy aircraft. The aircraft vectored Midgett to the location of the SPSS whereupon the Coast Guard quickly commenced a boarding of the stateless SPSS. The Coast Guard boarding team located 295 bales of cocaine, valued at more than $196 million, in a huge forward compartment. The SPSS became unstable and began...
  • Man's precious family photo album has gone missing

    09/27/2008 3:10:11 PM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies · 741+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 22, 2008 | Krys Stefansky
    Somebody has it. Nevada Smith, a lieutenant commander in the Coast Guard, a search and rescue helicopter pilot, has that gut feeling. “I find things,” he said, “I decode things, I break things down. We go to Alaska and look for a guy and say: Is he hunting for mountain goats? He’d be on the top of the mountain. Is he hunting for deer? He’d be at the bottom of the mountain.” So simple. But this is Portsmouth where a parking lot is flat and a missing photo album can’t send up any signals to say, “Hey! I’m over here!”...
  • Visit to Deployed Cutter Underscores Coast Guard’s Global Reach (Tonk USCG sailing fowad)

    09/22/2008 6:03:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 145+ views
    ROTA, Spain, Sept. 22, 2008 – Civilian leaders who visited here today had seen the Coast Guard in action in U.S. waterways, patrolling ports and harbors, interdicting drug smugglers, and sometimes conducting heroic search-and-rescue missions as depicted in the movie, “The Guardian.” So Coast Guard Capt. Robert Wagner, commander of Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, greeted Joint Civilian Orientation Conference participants here today with the rhetorical question he knew all had on their minds: “What is the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas doing in Rota, Spain?” In addition to its historic role protecting U.S. coastlines from external threats while promoting...
  • Mission to the North Pole

    09/14/2008 10:56:25 AM PDT · by shove_it · 4 replies · 303+ views ^ | 9/12/2008 | Molika Ashford
    Ever since Russia planted a flag under the North Pole last year, the issue of sovereign rights under an increasingly slushy arctic has tensed. In a race to claim ownership of some of the arctic seabed, a two-ship caravan of Canadian and U.S. scientists is sailing around the Arctic Ocean right now. Their mission, which will last from September 6th to October 1st, is to measure the seabed and the continental margins in an attempt to solidify our possible rights over the far north—an area that will become accessible to oil drilling and mining as the earth warms and arctic...
  • Coast Guard Responds to Influx of Storms (Tonk! Your boys are Still Strong)

    09/08/2008 5:24:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 169+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Seaman William Selby, USN
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2008 – In the wake of Hurricane Gustav, the Coast Guard is making preparations for a possible wave of tropical storms and hurricanes, a senior Coast Guard officer said Sept. 5. “We don’t have a lot of bench strength, but we’re moving forces around in preparation for each one of these operations to position them so that we can respond,” Coast Guard Vice Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., commander of the Coast Guard Atlantic Area, told bloggers during a teleconference to address the current storm systems in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. To be...
  • Coast Guard Cutter Delivers Aid to Georgia (Tonk,.. are you watching this?

    08/28/2008 5:49:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies · 252+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2008 – The Coast Guard Cutter Dallas has finished off-loading humanitarian relief supplies in the Georgian city of Batumi and has left port, a Defense Department official said here today. Since Russia invaded Georgia on Aug. 9, all of the U.S. aid that has gone to the nation has been humanitarian relief, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters. Defense officials said that Russia still has troops in Georgia and is not living up to the terms of a cease-fire agreement. The Dallas unloaded 34 short tons of aid at the port, raising the U.S. total to 947...
  • Coast Guard Learns What It Takes to Operate in Arctic (Tonk, keep 'em safe)

    08/25/2008 5:22:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 192+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Lt. Jennifer Cragg, USN
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2008 – The Coast Guard is testing and compiling initial lessons learned from its ongoing Arctic operations, a senior officer said last week. “It became obvious to me 18 months to two years ago that with the retreat of the multiyear polar sea ice, the Coast Guard was going to have to do more than it had in the past to provide maritime safety and security to northern and western Alaska, the Arctic Ocean and the Beaufort Sea,” Coast Guard Rear Adm. Arthur E. Brooks, commander of the 17th Coast Guard District, told bloggers and online journalists...
  • Ships Deploy to Support Georgia Humanitarian Assistance Mission (TONK, there's a USCG Cutter too!)

    08/21/2008 4:40:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 788+ views
    NAPLES, Italy, Aug. 21, 2008 – Two Navy ships and a Coast Guard cutter are transporting humanitarian relief supplies to Georgia. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeff Weaver and Petty Officer 2nd Class Gary Smith prepare humanitarian aid supplies for loading aboard USS McFaul at Souda Bay, Crete, Aug. 20, 2008. Nearly 55 tons of supplies were loaded as part of the humanitarian assistance for the Georgia following the conflict between Russian and Georgian forces in the former Soviet republic. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Eddie Harrison   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. These deployments...
  • Coast Guardsmen to Join Navy SEAL Teams (TONK! WOW!)

    08/15/2008 5:51:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 20 replies · 423+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2008 – Coast Guardsmen soon will be training to join Navy SEAL teams, a senior Coast Guard officer said today. Rear Adm. Thomas F. Atkin, commander of the Coast Guard’s deployable operations group, said four Coast Guardsmen -- two officers and two enlisted sailors -- will be selected to begin basic underwater demolition school later this year. If they graduate, the admiral said, they will become full-fledged members of Navy SEAL teams and deploy with those teams worldwide. Atkins called the development the beginning of an exciting new era in the Coast Guard. “Certainly this is historic,...
  • U.S. ship heads for Arctic to define territory

    08/11/2008 7:37:38 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies · 146+ views
    yahoo ^ | 8/11/2008 | Timothy Gardner/ Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. Coast Guard cutter will embark on an Arctic voyage this week to determine the extent of the continental shelf north of Alaska and map the ocean floor, data that could be used for oil and natural gas exploration. U.S. and University of New Hampshire scientists on the Coast Guard Cutter Healy will leave Barrow, Alaska, on Thursday on a three-week journey. They will create a three-dimensional map of the Arctic Ocean floor in a relatively unexplored area known as the Chukchi borderland.
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Happy Birthday United States Coast Guard! ~ 5 AUG 08

    08/04/2008 6:00:42 PM PDT · by laurenmarlowe · 477 replies · 2,368+ views
    Serving The Best Troops And Veterans In The World | The Canteen Crew
        SERVING THE BEST TROOPS IN THE WORLD This week we celebrate the birthday of The United States Coast Guard! August 4 is celebrated as Coast Guard Day to honor the establishment on that day in 1790 of the Revenue Cutter Service, forbearer of today's Coast Guard. The United States Coast Guard is this nation's oldest maritime agency. SEATTLE - A Maritime Safety and Security Team member conducts a vertical insertion demonstration from an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Astoria, Ore., during Seattle Seafair on Lake Washington. Seafair is one of the Pacific Northwest's largest maritime festivals....
  • Coast Guard celebrates 218th birthday (Tonk this is for you)

    08/04/2008 4:44:31 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies · 526+ views
    8/4/2008 - WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- The following birthday message is sent to the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard from Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: On this, the 218th birthday of the United States Coast Guard, our nation pauses to say thanks to you, our guardians of the sea. For more than two centuries, you and your families have stood, always ready for the call, in light or darkness, with sunny skies or through howling gales, to respond to crises and to fight in every one of our nation's armed conflicts. Today,...