Coast Guard Releases Request For Information For Polar Star Service Life Extension Project

The Coast Guard released a request for information (RFI) July 18 to gather market research for the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star service life extension project (SLEP) as part of the In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program (ISVS). The SLEP effort will recapitalize a number of major systems – including machinery control and propulsion power distribution systems – and extend the service life of the cutter by four years. The work will include a six-month long lead time material procurement and detailed design phase, followed by a minimum of three annual repair…

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Coast Guard, U.S. Congressman Pallone cut ribbon on state-of-the-art facility at Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook

Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook unveiled a new, state-of-the-art facility, in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Tuesday, July 3, 2018. Following Superstorm Sandy, Congress appropriated $54 million to bring the new facility to fruition, allowing Station Sandy Hook to continue to maintain the highest level of operational readiness. Superstorm Sandy made landfall along the Northeast coast in October 2012 and left behind unprecedented devastation which impacted Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook and its piers located at the northern tip of the peninsula. After Sandy hit, the Coast Guard permanently relocated 35 families…

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First Phase of African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership Closes

The United States, Cabo Verde and Senegal completed combined operations during Operation Junction Rain, a part of African Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP), in Dakar, Senegal, June 28. AMLEP pairs a U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement detachment (LEDET) with partner nation maritime forces and interagency personnel to execute combined law enforcement operations. The U.S. boarding teams operated from partner nation vessels to identify suspect vessels or escort vessels that have been cited for illicit and criminal activities. “This part of Operation Junction Rain was a great success,” said Cmdr. Matthew…

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USCG Training Center Searching for Pilot after Plane Lands on Secured Beach

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May has resumed normal security operations following the heightened security postures imposed Monday. “At this point we are confident the missing pilot is not aboard the training center,” said Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards, training center spokesperson. “After working with Cape May County Sheriff’s Department’s K-9 unit, which indicated the pilot’s scent lead away from the training center, as well as physical tracks from the plane and security camera footage showing the pilot heading away from the training center itself, the command decided to resume…

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Coast Guard Receives International Recognition for Hurricane Response

As the 2018 hurricane season opens, the international maritime community recognized the Coast Guard for its efforts last year to restore safe marine navigation in waterways hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The members of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities selected the Coast Guard for its best practices award during its quadrennial conference, held here May 27-June 2. A leader in the employment of electronic aids to navigation, the Coast Guard maintains more than a quarter of the eATON in use around the…

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US Coast Guard Awards Contract to Procure Small UAS Capability For National Security Cutters

The Coast Guard today awarded a contract to Insitu Inc. of Bingen, Washington, for procurement of small unmanned aircraft system (sUAS) capability for the national security cutters (NSCs) June 6. The service contract covers installation and deployment of sUAS for approximately 200 hours per 30-day operational patrol period. Installations of sUAS capability on NSCs are planned at a rate of about two per year. Total value of the contract including the seven option years is approximately $117 million. The Coast Guard is employing a contractor-owned contractor-operated strategy for this procurement,…

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Port Angeles-based Coast Guard cutter returns home following counterdrug patrol

USCGC Active (WMEC 618) returned home to Port Angeles Friday following a counterdrug patrol in international waters off the coast of Central America in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The 75-member crew aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Active deployed to the Eastern Pacific Ocean where they interdicted three “panga” style vessels and one pleasure craft, resulting in the seizure of more than three tons of illicit narcotics worth an estimated $95 million in wholesale value. The crew apprehended 11 suspected drug smugglers during the interdictions who will be prosecuted in the…

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New US Coast Guard commandant takes helm

Adm. Paul F. Zukunft was relieved as commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by Adm. Karl Schultz during a military change-of-command ceremony held Friday at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters. Zukunft also retired from the Coast Guard after 41 years of service to the nation as part of the same ceremony and received the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Medal from President Donald J. Trump. “Truly, Mr. President, you honor the men and women of the United States Coast Guard serving around the world today as 2018 was the largest appropriation ever…

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Coast Guard participates in military out load operation

The U.S. Coast Guard worked with partners as part of the Port Readiness Committee to ensure the safe and secure loading of military equipment in the Port of Gulfport, Mississippi, during a military out load operation May 7-8, 2018. Along with partners from the Port Readiness Committee, Coast Guard Sector Mobile oversaw the loading of approximately 150 pieces of military equipment during the operation. Agencies and partners that support these operations and the Port Readiness Committee include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Army 842nd Transportation Battalion, U.S.…

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Coast Guard, Navy complete joint OMSI patrol in Pacific Ocean

The US Coast Guard and Navy completed a 24-day joint mission in the Western and Central Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security, Wednesday. A Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment from Tactical Law Enforcement Team Pacific embarked USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) and conducted 12 fisheries enforcement boardings with the assistance of the ship’s visit, board, search and seizure team and law enforcement shipriders from the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. All boardings…

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US, International Partners Interdict Half Ton of Cocaine, Rescue Four Suspects

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO), coastal patrol ship USS Zephyr (PC 8) and ARC 07 de Agosto intercepted a low-profile go-fast vessel (LPGFV) and seized more than 1,000 pounds of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, April 7. During a routine counter-narcotics patrol, an AMO P-3 aircraft detected an LPGFV, which is a custom made ocean-going, high-speed motor boat built by drug traffickers to smuggle large quantities of illegal drugs. The boats are primarily made of fiberglass and they travel…

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Coast Guard Cutter Richard Snyder commissioned in Atlantic Beach, NC

The Coast Guard commissioned North Carolina’s first Fast Response Cutter, the Richard Snyder, during a ceremony in Atlantic Beach, April 20th. FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance equipment that allow their crews to more effectively conduct the Coast Guard’s statutory missions. The cutter is named after Richard Snyder, a World War II hero known for his brave actions in battle defending troops coming to shore on the Island of Biak at the western edge of Papua New Guinea. Snyder was awarded the Silver Star, and…

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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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