Acquisition Update: Coast Guard Accepts 10th C-130J

March 3, 2017 – After the Coast Guard accepted delivery of its 10th C-130J, the aircraft was flown to the L3 Technologies Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, for induction into the Minotaur mission system suite installation program Feb. 28, 2017. The aircraft will be painted prior to its delivery as an HC-130J. U.S. Coast Guard photo. The Coast Guard accepted delivery of its 10th C-130J Super Hercules long range surveillance aircraft at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics’ Greenville, South Carolina, facility Feb. 24. The aircraft was delivered to the…

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Coast Guard, partners rescue beached dolphin

Coast Guard and Marine Mammal Rescue Center personnel released a dolphin back to sea approximately 5 miles off Cape May Inlet March 20th. The dolphin had become beached off Hereford Inlet near Wildwood Monday morning. Personnel from the MMRC out of Brigantine recovered the beached dolphin and provided it necessary medical attention. MMRC personnel rode along on Station Cape May’s 45-foot Response Boat-Medium to release the dolphin back into open waters. Tweet

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Coast Guard patrol over Washington DC

March 20, 2017 – Members of Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City recently took part in a familiarization patrol over Washington D.C., Thursday. While today marks the first official day of Spring, the cherry blossoms that give pastel hues to the city were unfortunately destroyed by recent cold weather. Air Station Atlantic City staffs the National Capital Region Air Defense Facility (NCRADF) by providing helicopters and crewmembers, who perform a vital air security mission to Washington D.C., operating under the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Tweet

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Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson Commissioning

March 18, 2017 – Admiral Charles Michel, vice commandant of the Coast Guard, presided over a ceremony commissioning the 20th Fast Response Cutter, Lawrence Lawson, in Cape May Saturday. The Lawrence Lawson and crew are homeported in Cape May, where they will perform multiple Coast Guard missions along the Mid-Atlantic coast such as law enforcement, search and rescue and protecting America’s infrastructure from New Jersey to North Carolina. The cutter is named after Lawrence O. Lawson, who, as keeper of the Evanston, Illinois, Lifeboat Station, led the rescue of 18…

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Seattle-based Coast Guard Polar icebreaker returns home following Antarctic mission

March 16, 2017 – Families and friends welcomed home Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, following a 107-day deployment to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2017, the U.S. military component of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. “When I talked to the crew of Polar Star as they were off the coast of Antarctica last month, I heard firsthand their successes from this deployment, as well as their distinct challenges as they operated a four-decades-old ship,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. Polar Star’s crew provided a safe channel through more than 70 miles of thick…

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PCU John McCormick Maiden Arrival in Ketchikan

March 17, 2017 – PCU John McCormick (WPC-1121) and its crew arrived to their homeport at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, Friday afternoon after completing a 6,200-mile trip from Key West, Florida. The John McCormick is the first fast response cutter on the West Coast and will provide increased capabilities compared to the smaller 110-foot patrol boats it is replacing.  “We are pleased to welcome the crew of the new Fast Response Cutter John McCormick to the Ketchikan community,” said Capt. Shannan Greene, commander of Coast Guard Sector Juneau. “The new cutter and its crew will provide…

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USO Announces New Leadership for New Era of Entertainment

March 13, 2017 – The USO’s iconic tradition of bringing entertainment to service members around the globe is being optimized with new leadership. Starting in April, longtime nonprofit entertainment representative Lorie Hennessey will join the USO as its Senior Vice President of Entertainment. Hennessey will lead a newly-configured entertainment team and manage all USO entertainment activities to deliver best-in-class celebrity engagement and USO tours to service members and their families. Hennessey will be supported by two vice presidents — newly-named USO Vice President of Entertainment Partnerships Mimi DiTrani and long-time…

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Coast Guard Polar icebreaker to return home following Antarctic mission

March 16, 2017 – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is returning home Friday from an expedition to Antarctica where they supported Operation Deep Freeze 2017, the U.S. military’s component of the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. Polar Star’s crew facilitated the annual resupply and refueling of two research stations, McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott South Pole, by escorting two cargo vessels through more than 70 miles of thick Antarctic ice. Polar Star required significant repairs in advance of the 107-day deployment, including a major overhaul of the…

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USCG et al Respond to Entangled Humpback Whale off Maui

March 13, 2017 – Sunday, an entangled subadult humpback whale was cut free by a team of trained responders off Maui. The animal was entangled in large gauge electrical cable that was deeply embedded in the whale’s mouth. All gear except what could not be pulled from the whale’s mouth was successfully cut and removed. The response was part of a two-day effort by responders from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, U.S. Coast Guard, Maui Ocean Safety, Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission, and the West Maui response team. The team…

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U.S. Coast Guard reaches 1.5 million flight hours in MH-65 Dolphins

March 8, 2017 – Airbus Helicopters saluted the U.S. Coast Guard on March 8 for its recent milestone achievement of reaching 1.5 million flight hours with the service’s fleet of MH-65 Dolphin patrol and search and rescue helicopters. From patrolling the skies over Lake Michigan to performing life-saving rescues in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard’s MH-65 Dolphin has become the most recognizable search and rescue aircraft in the world. “This is an enormous accomplishment for the U.S. Coast Guard and for Airbus,” said Chris Emerson, president of Airbus Helicopters…

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Coast Guard holds decommissioning ceremony for cutters Cushing, Nantucket in Atlantic Beach, NC

March 8, 2017 – The Coast Guard held a joint decommissioning ceremony Wednesday for cutters Cushing and Nantucket in Atlantic Beach. The ceremony honored 30 years of the cutters’ service to the Coast Guard. The Cushing was the 21st 110-foot Island Class cutter built by Bollinger shipyard in Lockport, Louisiana, and commissioned on Dec. 1, 1988. Cushing’s first homeport was Mobile, Alabama, followed by San Juan, Puerto Rico. Cushing moved permanently to Atlantic Beach in 2015. Cushing was built primarily as a platform for law enforcement, but conducted missions including maritime…

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Sikorsky Recognizes Coast Guard’s Extraordinary Legacy of Helicopter Rescues

March 8, 2017 – Sikorsky, a Lockheed Martin company, today paid tribute to the U.S. Coast Guard’s century of aviation (1916-2016) during which the service successfully adapted the helicopter as a primary life-saving tool for untold thousands of human beings in need of rescue. Sikorsky President Dan Schultz gave the tribute during HAI Heli-EXPO 2017, the world’s largest trade show and exposition dedicated to the international helicopter community. “The year 2017 begins a second century of aviation for the U.S. Coast Guard in which the uninterrupted beat of rotary wing…

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MOAA Suggests Caution over Proposed Coast Guard and NOAA Budget Cuts

March 8, 2017 – Over the past week, the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post reported the president’s budget proposes significant cuts to the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), respectively. The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) issued the following statement in response to the current proposals to reduce Coast Guard and NOAA appropriations. “MOAA is concerned about recently proposed budget cuts for the Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,” said MOAA President and CEO retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins….

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Former RV Hero Partially Sinks at Pier

March 7, 2017 – The Coast Guard has opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund in the amount of $25,000 to minimize pollution potential from the 125-foot former research vessel Hero, which partially sank at the pier in Bay Center near Willapa Bay, Washington, Monday. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund was utilized to contract Global Diving and Salvage resulting in the removal of more than 70 gallons of diesel fuel and lube oil from the vessel, Tuesday. On Monday, Coast Guard Sector Columbia River personnel were notified of the…

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