Environmental Group Obtains Plaintiffs to Sue US Coast Guard

April 26, 2017 – Today, Washington State’s Tulalip and Suquamish Tribes agreed to be plaintiffs for Earthjustice, allegedly to “protect endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales” from oil tanker traffic and risk of oil spills. Who is funding this is unclear. The tribes filed a legal challenge in federal court over the U.S Coast Guard’s failure to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service on the harmful impacts to orcas from shipping traffic, including the massive increase in oil tankers resulting from Canada’s recently approved pipeline through British Columbia.  The TransMountain pipeline project and…

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CGAS Traverse City Welcomes First of Three New Jayhawks

An MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter sits on the tarmac at Air Station Traverse City, Michigan, April 13, 2017. Jayhawks are replacing the current helicopters the air station operates to provide improved search and rescue coverage in the area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Air Station Traverse City) April 18, 2017 – Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City will host an open house Thursday after receiving the first of three MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters that are due to be permanently transferred to the unit this summer. In celebration of this historic event, local…

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Coast Guard Commandant Highlights National Security Missions

April 12, 2017 — As a unique instrument of national security, the U.S. Coast Guard works in a broad spectrum of areas to secure America’s maritime borders and protect U.S. interests at home and abroad, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft told reporters here today. The Coast Guard, which has more than 40,000 active duty members, 7,000 reservists and 8,500 civilians, is the only branch of the U.S. armed forces that has broad law enforcement authorities, Zukunft explained to a roundtable of the Defense Writers Group, a nonprofit association…

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Philly Shipyard Member of USCG Heavy Polar Icebreaker Design Team

April 6, 2017 – Philly Shipyard is teaming with Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) to compete for the detail design and construction of the next generation heavy polar icebreaker for the United States Coast Guard (USCG).  The USCG recently selected five shipyards to each conduct an industry study to help refine the vessel’s key features and performance requirements. Over the next year, FMG and Philly Shipyard, along with the naval architecture and marine engineering firm, VARD, will develop a baseline icebreaker design, cost estimate and project schedule and then refine them…

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Coast Guard welcomes newly-commissioned National Security Cutter to Alameda homeport

April 6, 2017 – US Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755), the military service’s newly-commissioned National Security Cutter, and crew arrived at its homeport at Coast Guard Island in Alameda Thursday. Munro is the sixth NSC to be commissioned and the fourth to be homeported on the West Coast in Alameda. Newer assets, such as the NSC, are heavily involved in combating Transnational Organized Crime networks. Since the first operational deployment of a National Security Cutter in Fiscal Year 2009, three Alameda-based NSCs – Waesche, Bertholf and Stratton – removed…

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Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloads approximately 12,000 lbs of cocaine

March 31, 2017 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloaded approximately six tons of cocaine in San Diego, Friday. Several U.S. Coast Guard cutters seized the cocaine in nine interdictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean from mid-January through February. The drugs, intercepted in international waters off the coast of Central and South America by crews of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutters Stratton, Spencer, Sherman and Mohawk, were offloaded at the 10th Avenue Marine Terminal. The load represents eight interdictions of suspected drug smuggling vessels, known as pangas, and once case…

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Coast Guard establishes temporary safety zone in vicinity of active Kilauea lava flow into Pacific Ocean off Hawaii’s Big Island

March 28, 2017 – The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone for the navigable waters surrounding the Kilauea Volcano active lava flow entry into the Pacific Ocean on the southeast side of the Big Island, Hawai’i, Tuesday. The temporary safety zone will encompass all waters extending 300 meters (984 feet) in all directions around the entry of the lava flow into the ocean from noon March 28 to 8 a.m. Sept. 28. Experts from the U.S. Geological Survey recommend 300 meters as the minimum safe distance to avoid…

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Acquisition Update: C-27J Missionization Contract Awarded

March 24, 2017 – The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) on March 16 awarded a contract worth approximately $4 million to Leonardo SpA of Rome for engineering services related to missionization of the Coast Guard’s C-27J Spartan medium range surveillance aircraft.  Missionization refers to the process of integrating specialized equipment to expand the aircraft’s capabilities and enhance their ability to carry out Coast Guard missions. Under the contract, Leonardo will provide mission system engineering and design support.  “This effort represents a huge first step in a very important relationship with…

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Coast Guard joins Arctic stakeholders in historic forum

March 24, 2017 – U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joined leaders representing eight coast guards of Arctic nations in signing a joint statement Friday. The statement adopts doctrine, tactics, procedures and information-sharing protocols for emergency maritime response and combined operations in the Arctic. The Arctic Coast Guard Forum is an operationally-focused, consensus-based organization with the purpose of leveraging collective resources to foster safe, secure and environmentally responsible maritime activity in the Arctic. Membership includes Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States. “This forum…

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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.

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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).

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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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