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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.