Freezing temperatures keep Coast Guard ice breakers busy in Maine

This winter’s record cold temperatures are keeping Coast Guard crews busy as they work daily to keep waterways open throughout Maine and New Hampshire. As part of Operation Reliable Energy for Northeast Winters (RENEW), Coast Guard ice breaking tugs have been breaking ice on the Penobscot River since mid-December. Crews are now starting to see ice form in other harbors and rivers across the region. Operation RENEW is the Coast Guard’s region-wide effort to ensure Northeast communities have the security, supplies, energy, and emergency resources they need throughout the winter….

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Military Sealift Command’s Expeditionary Port Unit 114 Gets Operation Deep Freeze 2018 Underway On Time

The purpose of ODF is to provide logistical support to the U.S. Antarctic Program via Department of Defense assets. MSC has supported ODF since McMurdo Station was established in 1955, providing supplies and fuel to scientists operating from the remote base. While the rest of the country shivers in a late December arctic blast, in Port Hueneme, Calif., where temperatures hover in the low 70s, cargo is being loaded onto the Military Sealift Command charter ship MV Ocean Giant in preparation for delivery to the remote Antarctica outpost of McMurdo…

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Nation’s only heavy icebreaker departs for Antarctic military operations

The United States’ only heavy icebreaker departed Honolulu Friday bound for Antarctica as part of the U.S. military operation to resupply the U.S. Antarctic Program. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star will establish a channel through 15 miles of ice in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, sometimes up to 10 feet in thickness, to resupply the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole stations. “Operation Deep Freeze, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed, civilian USAP, is unlike any other U.S. military operation,” said Capt. Michael…

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seizes Nearly 7 Tons of Cocaine and Rescues Ocean Wildlife

The Coast Guard Cutter Thetis returned to homeport in Key West Sunday following a 68-day Eastern Pacific counter drug patrol. The cutter Thetis crew worked alongside the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team, an aviation detachment from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron and a Royal Canadian Navy maritime coastal defense vessel in support of Operation Martillo seizing 6,755 kilograms of cocaine and 14 pounds of marijuana during eight separate interdictions that resulted in the apprehension of 24 suspected smugglers. While on patrol Nov. 19, the cutter launched its Over the Horizon…

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US Coast Guard begins icebreaking operations in the western Great Lakes

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Sainte Marie commenced Operation Taconite today in response to expanded ice growth in the commercial ports of western Lake Superior and the lower St. Marys River. Before ice impedes commercial navigation, icebreakers were assigned to each region. Today, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder was assigned to manage the ice breaking needs of western Lake Superior, specifically the twin ports of Duluth, Minnesota, and Superior, Wisconsin, as well as the Port of Thunder Bay, Ontario. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay was assigned to the St….

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Protecting the marine environment: the Arriel engine in action

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) deploys over 100 MH-65C Dolphin helicopters for some of its most demanding missions. They are all powered by twin Arriel 2C2-CG turboshaft engines from Safran Helicopter Engines. Meeting the highest standards of reliability and robustness, this engine also shows its full performance capabilities on demanding missions like the one recounted here, of unmasking ships that pollute our seas. CLOUDS OVER SAN FRANCISCO It’s nine o’clock in the morning, and clouds have invaded the sky over northern California. Some are about to touch the towers…

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Coast Guard, port partners respond to container ship breaking free from mooring in Boston

The Coast Guard, along with Massport Fire Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and port tugs responded to a containership that broke free from its mooring Wednesday at around 12:45 a.m at the Paul W. Conley Container Terminal in Boston. Terminal workers who were aboard the 1,065-foot container ship Helsinki Bridge were able to safely disembark, and no injuries or pollution from the container ship were reported. A docking pilot boarded the vessel, and along with the container ship’s crew, safely escorted the Helsinki Bridge to Broad Sound, where it…

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Coast Guard seeks mariner input for Pacific Seacoast study

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking input from mariners for a study of navigation requirements in the Pacific Seacoast System.  The Waterways Analysis and Management System (WAMS) study will review the short range Aids to Navigation (ATON) system that covers American waterways from the Canadian border to the Mexican border and around Alaska, Hawaii and the Marianas IslandsInterested mariners and maritime stakeholders can provide input by taking the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PacSeacoastWAMS The survey will be available until March 31, 2018. In addition to the survey input, the system-wide study will…

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Coast Guard holds memorial ceremony for fallen sailor near Smuggler’s Cove

The US Coast Guard held a wreath-laying ceremony near Smugglers Cove in memory of Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell E. Horne on the five-year anniversary of his passing Saturday. A native of Mountain View, Horne attended Patterson High School in Patterson, and enlisted in the Coast Guard Feb. 2, 1999. As a boatswain’s mate, Horne served in Humboldt Bay, Charleston and Emerald Isle throughout his career that spanned nearly 14 years. On Dec. 2, 2012, while serving as the executive petty officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Halibut (WPB-87340), Horne…

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U.S. Coast Guard hosts Arctic Domain Awareness Center meeting 

The U.S. Coast Guard hosted an Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) meeting at its headquarters here Nov. 28 – 29. The meeting brought together researchers from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence with leaders from its principal customer, the U.S. Coast Guard. Working with international, interagency and tribal partners, ADAC conducts research to support Coast Guard Arctic search and rescue, humanitarian assistance, disaster response and security missions. Among its many projects, the center is studying capabilities to track Arctic oil spills, map new sea…

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US Coast Guard Announces More Upcoming Cutter Names

ALCOAST 349/17 – NOV 2017 NEW FAST RESPONSE CUTTERS NAMED FOR COAST GUARD HEROES U.S. Coast Guard sent this bulletin at 11/22/2017 11:32 AM EST   R 221121 NOV 17 FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-092// TO ALCOAST UNCLAS//N05700// ALCOAST 349/17 COMDTNOTE 5700 SUBJ:  NEW FAST RESPONSE CUTTERS NAMED FOR COAST GUARD HEROES  1. In 1830, the Revenue Cutter Service, predecessor to the modern Coast Guard launched its first standardized multi-ship class of cutters. The Morris- class, named for the first cutter in the class, Robert Morris, was designed with a…

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Spencer returns to Boston following 3-month counter narcotic patrol, international Arctic exercise

Coast Guard Cutter Spencer returned home to Boston Tuesday following a highly successful 90-day patrol fighting transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and training for multi-national search and rescue response in the Arctic. The crew’s patrol efforts resulted in the interdiction of four drug-laden vessels, the seizure of more than 7,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $110 million dollars, and the apprehension of twelve suspected smugglers. Last week, the crew offloaded approximately 10 tons of cocaine and 23 kilograms of heroin in Port Everglades, Florida, worth…

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Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns after 73-day counter-smuggling patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to her homeport of Astoria Monday after a 73-day, counter-smuggling deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Alert completed a 13,740-mile patrol as a part of the U.S.’s joint military and law enforcement counter-drug task force which acts to stop the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S. The crew patrolled the Eastern Pacific drug transit zone and interdicted seven “go-fast” style vessels suspected of smuggling using an embarked helicopter and two pursuit boats. These interdictions resulted in the seizure of approximately 9,228 pounds of…

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