Coast Guard Offloads Cocaine in San Diego

October 17, 2019 – The Coast Guard offloaded more than $92 million worth of seized cocaine in San Diego Wednesday. The cocaine, worth more than $92 million, was seized in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband represents four suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions by the crews of three Coast Guard cutters off the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America between late July and early October by the following Coast Guard cutters: Alert (WMEC-630) was responsible for two cases, seizing approximately 4,000 pounds of cocaine Robert Ward…

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DHS, Coast Guard extend limited contract relief for Offshore Patrol Cutter

October 11, 2019 – The Department of Homeland Security, in close coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, granted extraordinary relief to the Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) for the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) under the authority of Public Law (P.L.) ESG submitted a request June 30, 2019, for extraordinary relief after their shipbuilding facilities sustained significant damages from Hurricane Michael, a Category 5 storm, in October 2018. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan made the decision to grant extraordinary contract relief limited to the first four hulls on the…

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Coast Guard Commissions Fast Response Cutter William Hart in Honolulu

September 26, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned the newest Hawaii-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter in Honolulu, Thursday. “There is no greater reflection of the commandant’s strategic vision and commitment than the fact that as we commission the William Hart today, it will be the fifth Coast Guard cutter commissioned in the last two years here at Base Honolulu that will operate in the heart of Oceania,” said Rear Adm. Kevin Lunday, commander Coast Guard 14th District. “There is no question that by our actions and not our words…

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Coast Guard Cutter Valiant interdicts self-propelled semi-submersible in the Eastern Pacific

September 24, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew intercepted a drug-laden, 40-foot self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) in the Eastern Pacific. While on routine patrol in the Eastern Pacific, Valiant interdicted a self-propelled semi-submersible in international waters carrying approximately 12,000 pounds of cocaine, worth over $165 million and apprehended four suspected drug smugglers. The semi-submersible was originally detected and monitored by maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), and the Valiant crew was diverted by Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) to interdict the semi-submersible, arriving after sunset. The Valiant crew launched two small…

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Partnerships Vital to U.S. Arctic Strategy

September 13, 2019 – With the melting and thinning of Arctic sea ice, there has been an influx of tourist and commercial shipping, an increase in mining and petrochemical extraction and an expanded military presence by allies as well as by Russia and China, the U.S. Coast Guard’s vice commandant said. Adm. Charles W. Ray spoke today at the American Society of Naval Engineers-sponsored Arctic Day 2019 in Washington. “Our nation is an Arctic nation. We’ve been operating in the Arctic nearly 150 years,” Ray said, mentioning that he was…

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Video: Coast Guardsmen Hoist Cargo Ship Crew to Safety

September 9, 2019 – An MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., hoists crew members from the 656-foot vehicle carrier Golden Ray after the vessel became hard aground in the St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Ga., Sept. 8, 2019. The Coast Guard and multiple port partners have rescued 20 people and are working to extricate four others.

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USCG Stage in Key West for Hurricane Dorian response efforts in Caribbean, Bahamas

September 2, 2019 – More than 20 Coast Guard cutters crews from Sectors Miami and Key West are moored in Key West in preparation for deploying to Hurricane Dorian effected areas in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Multiple Coast Guard units throughout the Coast Guard 7th District area have pre-staged in key locations to be able to provide rapid and relevant response efforts to those areas effected by Hurricane Dorian.

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USCG & RNZN Conduct Professional Exchanges During Operations in Oceania

August 14, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) took time in early August to conduct professional exchanges while off Samoa and in American Samoa. “New Zealand is a steadfast and key partner with significant operational expertise and strong identity as a Pacific nation. The U.S. Coast Guard benefits from combined operations and exchanges like this one, reinforcing that we are part of the same extended family, or aiga as they say in Samoa. We continue to work closely together-along with Australia and other…

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Exercise Talisman Sabre Concludes

July 27, 2019 – The closing ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been held in the Port of Brisbane today, marking the conclusion of Australia’s largest bilateral defence exercise with the United States. Over 1,000 personnel embarked on the USS Wasp to formally close the exercise and farewell those who participated over the past two weeks. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said Talisman Sabre was a major success, increasing interoperability between the Australian and United States defence forces, and strengthening ties with other participating nations.…

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Coast Guard Cutter Healy gets underway for months-long Arctic patrol

July 24, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) departed for a months-long deployment to the Arctic Ocean on Monday. The cutter will support multiple science missions, as well as Operation Arctic Shield, the service’s annual operation to execute U.S. Coast Guard missions, enhance maritime domain awareness, strengthen partnerships, and build preparedness, prevention, and response capabilities across the Arctic domain. As the Nation’s primary maritime presence in the Polar Regions, the Coast Guard advances U.S. national interests through a unique blend of polar operational capability, regulatory authority, and international leadership…

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