USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117) Brought to Life

July 27, 2019 – The Navy commissioned its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), at Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, July 27. The ship’s namesake, Paul Ignatius, served honorably as Secretary of the Navy under President Lyndon Johnson from 1967 to 1969 and as a commissioned lieutenant during World War II aboard the Casablanca-class escort carrier USS Manila Bay (CVE 61). “What could be greater than serving aboard a Unites States destroyer,” said Ignatius himself, speaking from a podium aboard the ship’s quarterdeck. “Destroyers have an…

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Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returns to Boston following 90-day patrol

May 9, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, a 270-foot Medium Endurance Cutter, returned to Boston Wednesday after a 90-day patrol conducting drug and alien migrant interdiction operations while simultaneously responding to search and rescue efforts in the Caribbean Sea. While patrolling the Caribbean Sea, Spencer responded to a search and rescue case where a pleasure craft approximately 20 miles northwest of Haiti experienced an engineering casualty and was left drifting in the water. Delayed due to weather and safety concerns, Spencer’s small boat was able to take the vessel…

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Coast Guard Cutter Spencer crew arrives at Port Everglades for 29th Annual Fleet Week

April 29, 2019 – The Coast Guard Guard Cutter Spencer (WMEC-905) crew arrived at Port Everglades, Sunday, after an 80-day patrol to participate in the 29th Annual Fleet Week. The Fleet Week is scheduled to start Monday, April 29 and continue to Sunday, May 5. Fleet Week has been hosted by Broward Navy Days and other military support organizations since 1990. Fleet Week Port Everglades provides an opportunity for the citizens of South Florida to witness first-hand the latest capabilities of today’s maritime services, and gain a better understanding of…

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Navy Chooses Port Everglades for Commissioning of the Future USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117)

March 14, 2019 – Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer has approved Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, Florida as the site for the commissioning of the future guided missile destroyer USS Paul Ignatius (DDG 117). The event will take place July 27. The ship is named in honor of Paul Robert Ignatius, who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, as Secretary of the Navy from 1967- 1969, and as Assistant Secretary of Defense during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. DDG-117 is the U.S. Navy’s 67th Arleigh Burke-class…

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USCGC Tahoma Offloads Over Six Tons of Cocaine in Port Everglades

September 15, 2018 – Approximately six tons of cocaine seized in the Eastern Pacific Ocean were offloaded Monday in Port Everglades by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma (WMEC-908).   The drugs, worth more than an estimated $170-million, represent drugs seized from six suspected smuggling vessels interdicted by crews from Tahoma and two other Coast Guard cutters between late July and August. ·        Tahoma was responsible for three interdictions, seizing an estimated 3,962 kilograms. ·        The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa (WMEC-902) was responsible for two interdictions, seizing an…

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Kearsarge Wraps Up Fleet Week Port Everglades

USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) concluded Fleet Week Port Everglades 2018, May 6. During their week in port, the nearly 1,500 Kearsarge crew, embarked Marines and visiting Coast Guardsmen interacted with the citizens and visitors of Fort Lauderdale and surrounding area through various community outreach engagements. Each visiting ship provided tours to the public and participated in more than 40 community relations projects, including visits to local schools and hospitals, and a reception hosted aboard Kearsarge. “The citizens of Fort Lauderdale were excited to see us and enjoyed the quality of…

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Coast Guard offloads more than 12 tons of cocaine in Port Everglades

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba offloaded approximately 12.4 tons of cocaine Thursday in Port Everglades. The drugs, worth an estimated $378-million, were interdicted in international waters off the Eastern Pacific Ocean between mid-October and late November. The contraband is from suspected smuggling vessels interdicted in drug-transit zones off the coast of Central and South America by three U.S. Coast Guard cutters and a Royal Canadian Navy ship patrolling with an embarked Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) team. The bulk offload represents: Five interdictions by the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, approximately…

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