Ships Announced for 2018 New York Fleet Week

The Ships and Locations for New York Fleet Week 2018 Manhattan, Pier 90: • San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS Arlington (LPD 24), from Norfolk, Virginia. Arlington will embark several hundred Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. • Kingston-class coastal defence vessel HMCS Moncton (MM 708), from Canadian Forces Base Halifax Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, Pier 86: • Four USNA YPs, from Annapolis, Maryland (Vessels depart Saturday, May26) • Sentinel-class cutter USCGC Richard Snyder (WPC 1127), from Atlantic Beach, North Carolina Brooklyn Cruise Terminal: (In the Red Hook…

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Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane recreates historical Civil War moment

Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane sails past Fort Sumter near Charleston, South Carolina, April 5, 2018. Harriet Lane’s crew fired a blank round in order to honor the 150th anniversary of when its predecessor of the same name fired the first naval shots of the Civil War. The Revenue Cutter Harriet Lane fired across the bow of the merchant vessel Nashville when it attempted to enter Charleston Harbor without displaying the national flag. The cutter Harriet Lane is a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia.

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USCGC Sherman Decommissioned

The Coast Guard decommissioned its ninth High Endurance Cutter after nearly 50 years of service as part of recapitalization efforts during a ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu March 29th. The Coast Guard Cutter Sherman is one of the Coast Guard’s four remaining 378-foot High Endurance Cutters still in operation. The fleet of 378-foot High Endurance Cutters is being replaced by the National Security Cutters, which will soon serve as the Coast Guard’s primary long-range asset. Sherman’s operational resume includes action in the Vietnam War, major drug interdictions – including…

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USCG Medevacs USS Momsen Crewmember

A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced an injured Navy destroyer crewmember near Santa Barbara April 1st. At approximately 5:30 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach personnel were notified of a crewmember who was reportedly suffering from symptoms of appendicitis aboard the USS Momsen (DDG-92), a Navy Arleigh Burke-class destroyer. After consulting with the duty flight surgeon, watchstanders dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco’s Forward Operating Base Mugu to transport the woman to a hospital. The Dolphin crew arrived on scene, hoisted the…

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MH-60T Service Life Extension Program Approved To Proceed To Next Phase

The MH-60T Jayhawk service life extension program (SLEP) received approval from the Department of Homeland Security on Feb. 20 to proceed to the next acquisition phase, allowing the program to move forward with analyzing its options for keeping the service’s medium range recovery helicopter fleet operational through the mid-2030s. The Coast Guard’s H-60 helicopters have been in service since 1990. The service established a program in 2002 to upgrade them to address obsolescence issues and outfit the helicopters with equipment to better meet operational needs. That program, which transitioned to…

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Michael Murphy Begins Joint Patrols in Oceanic Region

USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and the U.S. Coast Guard began joint maritime security patrols designed to reduce and eliminate illegal fishing in the Western Pacific, March 26. The guided-missile destroyer and embarked Coast Guard personnel began a mission called the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI), a U.S. Defense Department program aimed to suppress illicit activities on the high seas. The efforts are concentrated in the exclusive economic zones for the Pacific Island Nations of Oceania.  “This will be Michael Murphy’s third OMSI patrol following previous events in 2014 and…

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U.S. Coast Guard to discontinue service from remaining Differential GPS sites

The Coast Guard will discontinue broadcasts from its remaining 38 Differential GPS (DGPS) sites over the next three years, completing system reductions that began in 2016. The staged reduction of the remaining Coast Guard DGPS broadcast sites will begin in 2018 and end with the last broadcast of GPS corrections over medium frequency in 2020. “The Coast Guard no longer has a mission requirement for DGPS,” said Lt. Cmdr. Michael Patterson, chief of the Aids to Navigation and Positioning, Navigation and Timing Division. “GPS provides sufficient positional accuracy to meet…

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Oregon man charged, arrested for making false mayday calls to Coast Guard

The U.S. District Court in Oregon has unsealed a five-count indictment alleging Bud O’Neil Burkleo, 35, of Warrenton, Oregon, made false mayday calls to the Coast Guard during a seven-month span in 2016 prompting numerous rescue responses. Burkleo was arrested Friday morning in Warrenton without incident and made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge John V. Acosta, Friday afternoon in Portland. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center personnel received 40 false mayday calls between April and December 2016. In December 2016, the Coast Guard released recordings of three…

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Coast Guard offloads 36,000 lbs of cocaine in San Diego

The Coast Guard offloaded approximately 36,000 pounds of cocaine March 20th in San Diego, which was seized during a counter-drug patrol in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The contraband offloaded by the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf’s (WMSL-750) crew represents 17 interdictions of suspected smuggling vessels off the coasts of Central and South America by five Coast Guard cutters between early February and early March. “This offload by the Bertholf represents the great work being conducted in the Eastern Pacific combating the transnational organized crime groups, behind the drug…

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Coast Guard, NOAA to include Navigation Rules in U.S. Coast Pilot

The U.S. Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have teamed up on a consolidated publication that will help mariners save time and money. The Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems and NOAA Office of Coast Survey will incorporate the amalgamated International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea (72 COLREGS) and the Inland Navigation Rules into NOAA’s U.S. Coast Pilot publications. To access Coast Pilot, visit https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/publications/coast-pilot/index.html. The U.S. Coast Pilot publications already include the Coast Guard’s Vessel Traffic Service regulations. “Adding the Navigation Rules into the…

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RFP Released for USCG’s Heavy Polar Icebreaker

The U.S. Navy, in collaboration with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) under an Integrated Program Office (IPO), released a request for proposal (RFP) on March 2, 2018, for the advance procurement and detail design for the USCG’s heavy polar icebreaker (HPIB), with options for detail design and construction (DD&C) for up to three HPIBs. The IPO is using a full and open competition strategy for DD&C; a single contract award will be made in FY 2019. On February 21, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acquisition Review Board approved the…

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Historic lighthouse a modern-day marvel

The Coast Guard recently overcame various hurdles in North Carolina to keep the famous Cape Hatteras Lighthouse shining. Some of the light’s rare components sustained storm damage in mid-January and the light was without power for more than a month. Ohio contractors were hired by the Coast Guard to manufacture necessary replacement parts from scratch for around $3,000. Coast Guard electrician’s mates from Cape Hatteras and Fort Macon turned the light back on in Buxton February 17. The Coast Guard continues to operate many historic lighthouses as active aids to…

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L3 Delivers First HC-130J to the U.S. Coast Guard

L3 Technologies announced today that it has delivered the first production HC-130J aircraft integrated with a next-generation Minotaur Mission System Suite (MSS+) to the U.S. Coast Guard for improved long-range surveillance capabilities. Work was done by L3’s Aerospace Systems business segment, and an aircraft completion ceremony was hosted at its facility in Waco, Texas. L3 upgraded the aircraft with the government-furnished MSS+ that was developed jointly by the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy, and operated across multiple platforms. Work included integration and testing of the aircraft under the…

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U.S., Russia propose Bering Strait ship traffic routing measures

In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and Russian Federation have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea. To view or download the routes, click here. The nations jointly developed and submitted the proposal to the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to establish six two-way routes and six precautionary areas. Located in U.S. and Russian Federation territorial waters off the coasts of Alaska and the Chukotskiy Peninsula, the routes are being recommended to help ships avoid the numerous…

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Coast Guard offloads $721 million worth of cocaine in San Diego

The Coast Guard offloaded more than 47,000 pounds of cocaine worth over $721 million from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, in San Diego, Thursday, which was seized in 23 separate interdictions in the eastern Pacific Ocean by U.S. and Canadian forces operating in international waters off the coast of Central and South America. Senior U.S. and Canadian officials discussed new tactics used by transnational organized crime groups and to highlight international cooperation in combating the threat posed by these dangerous groups. U.S. Coast Guard personnel currently assigned to Cutter Stratton…

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