Ships converge for Talisman Sabre 2019

July 11, 2019 – Seventeen ships from the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan sailed together in formation for a massive photo exercise July 10, to signify the beginning of naval maneuvers as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This year’s Talisman Sabre is focused on defending the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea, air, space and cyberspace guaranteed to all nations under international law and considered essential to prosperity, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region. “Interoperability and working alongside allies and partners really is the future, particularly…

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U.S. Coast Guard, Gulf of Guinea Partners Conduct Joint Law Enforcement Operations

July 6, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard, Ghana Navy and Air Force, and Togolese Navy conducted joint maritime law enforcement operations as part of Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) 2019 in the Gulf of Guinea, June 10-30, 2019. AMPLEP is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet-facilitated initiative that aims to enhance the maritime enforcement capabilities of African partners in order to improve management and security of the maritime domain. A safe and secure maritime environment is necessary for local economies to flourish and is essential to the…

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First SAR Event for PCU Midgett

July 8, 2019 – The Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, which left the shipyard in June and had not yet been commissioned, was transiting off North Carolina when the Coast Guard learned of a 70-year-old man in need of assistance aboard a 62-foot disabled sailboat, 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras, Saturday evening. “It was fortunate that a pre-commissioned Coast Guard cutter was the closest vessel and could be involved with its first search and rescue case, staying with the sailboat until a mission ready cutter arrived,” said Chief Petty Officer…

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Bertholf Returns to Alameda from WESTPAC

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) returned Tuesday to their homeport of Alameda following a 164-day deployment to the Western Pacific. The crew steamed nearly 32,000 nautical miles since they departed Alameda Jan. 20 amidst the partial-government shutdown. Under the tactical control of commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, the crew patrolled and conducted operations as directed including enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution Sanctions against North Korea by monitoring and gathering intelligence on vessels conducting ship-to-ship transfers in the East China, South China and Yellow Seas. Bertholf’s crew made history…

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Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019

June 21, 2019 – Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and Ranking Member Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize funds for, reinforce, and support the United States Coast Guard. H.R. 3409, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019 (CGAA 2019), is legislation that reauthorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard and Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2021. The bill also includes regulatory…

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U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Visits Fiji

June 28, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) moored Thursday in Lautoka, marking the cutter’s first international port call in U.S. 7th Fleet. Stratton, a 418-foot National Security Cutter, departed its homeport of Alameda, California, June 5 to forward-deploy to the Western Pacific. Operating under the tactical control of commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, the cutter and crew are engaging in professional exchanges and capacity building exercises with partner nations and patrolling and conducting operations as directed. While underway, Stratton’s crew exercised the recently signed Fiji-U.S. bilateral shiprider…

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U.S. Coast Guard announces homeport of newest National Security Cutter

June 26, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard today announced that Charleston, South Carolina will be the home of the Service’s newest National Security Cutter. “I am pleased to announce that Charleston, South Carolina will be the home of the Coast Guard’s 11th National Security Cutter,” said Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the Coast Guard. Construction on the 11th National Security Cutter is scheduled to begin by Spring of 2020. Charleston is already home to two of the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters, the JAMES and HAMILTON. In 2017,…

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US Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter to be Based in Seattle

June 17, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard today announced that Seattle will be the home of the service’s new Polar Security Cutters. “I am pleased to announce that Seattle, Washington will be the home of the Coast Guard’s new Polar Security Cutters,” said Admiral Karl L. Schultz, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. “The Pacific Northwest has been the home of our icebreaking fleet since 1976, and I am confident that the Seattle area will continue to provide the support we need to carry out our critical operations in…

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Saab Receives Order from the U.S. for Sea Giraffe MMR

June 11, 2019 – Saab has received an additional order from the U.S. Navy for the Sea Giraffe Multi Mode Radar (MMR) for the Coast Guard’s offshore patrol cutter. This additional order exercises an option on an existing contract which was initially awarded in 2017 and includes multiple line item options for additional Sea Giraffe MMR systems. The initial contract covers manufacturing, inspection, testing and delivery of the radars, which will be deployed on the Coast Guard’s Heritage class offshore patrol cutter. Deliveries will take place between 2020 and 2021.…

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Coast Guard to Enforce Rose Festival Security Zone

June 5, 2019 – The Coast Guard will be enforcing a security zone along the Willamette River between the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges, in support of the Rose Festival and Fleet Week, Wednesday, through Monday. The security zone is set in place to protect the various vessels that will be moored along the waterfront near Tom McCall Park, as well as, the visiting public. A lane will be established for human-powered craft, such as kayaks and paddle-boards, which will allow those watercraft to transit the zone without a dedicated escort.…

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Coast Guard conducts international oil spill drill in the Strait of Juan de Fuca

May 23, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard and the Canadian coast guard conducted an oil spill response drill in partnership with the Washington Department of Ecology and the B.C. Ministry of the Environment in the contiguous waters off British Columbia, Canada, and the United States in the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Wednesday. Oil spill response equipment was deployed in the vicinity of Port Angeles and Freshwater Bay. The drill used a harmless, non-toxic dye in the water to engage responders as they simulated on water recovery operations with vessels,…

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Groningen Takes Part in Major Cocaine Bust

May 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – The patrol ship Zr. Ms Groningen intercepted more than 1,600 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean last week. This happened together with an American coast guard team on board the Groningen. After the NH-90 on-board helicopter discovered a suspicious boat, it was stopped. The drugs and crew have been transferred to the US Coast Guard authorities. They ensure further prosecution. Groningen has been active in the Caribbean since 20 April. The ship is used as a station ship for drug control operations and humanitarian…

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US Coast Guard ship visits Manila

May 15, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) arrived Wednesday in Manila – the first visit by a U.S. cutter to the country in more than seven years. The visit follows a bilateral exercise with the Philippine coast guard where Bertholf and its counterparts conducted training that focused on search and rescue, maritime security and law enforcement capabilities. While in port, Bertholf crewmembers, several of whom share a Filipino heritage, will train and interact with members of the Philippine coast guard. The crew will also have opportunities…

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Coast Guard completes installation of Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signals in Northeast

May 13, 2019 – The Coast Guard has completed the installation of Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS) devices at 82 lighthouses across the Northeast. The Coast Guard began updating the sound signal devices in 2015 and will complete the final two installations this spring. The purpose of the modernization was to replace the less reliable and less efficient VM-100 fog detectors with a Coast Guard-designed, radio-controlled system. The process also eliminated several 24/7 continuously sounding horns. Mariners needing foghorn assistance must now activate the sound signal by using a…

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