Coast Guard Cutter Alert returns after 73-day counter-smuggling patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to her homeport of Astoria Monday after a 73-day, counter-smuggling deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Alert completed a 13,740-mile patrol as a part of the U.S.’s joint military and law enforcement counter-drug task force which acts to stop the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S. The crew patrolled the Eastern Pacific drug transit zone and interdicted seven “go-fast” style vessels suspected of smuggling using an embarked helicopter and two pursuit boats. These interdictions resulted in the seizure of approximately 9,228 pounds of…

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Coast Guard concludes Operation Arctic Shield 2017

The Coast Guard concluded its annual Arctic Shield operations Monday with the closure of its Forward Operating Location in Kotzebue and the departure of the Cutter Healy from the Arctic. Air Station Kodiak air crews and two helicopters were forward deployed to Kotzebue to provide better response times and coverage to remote regions of Alaska. In addition, the crews of the Coast Guard Cutters Sherman, a 378-foot cutter homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii; the Alex Haley, a 282-foot cutter homeported in Kodiak, Alaska; the Maple, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Sitka,…

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Coast Guard, partners to enforce security zone near Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Oahu

Coast Guard personnel, federal, state and local law enforcement partners will enforce a security zone in waters off Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, Oahu, Friday and Saturday. The security zone is necessary to ensure the safety of a distinguished visitor. The security zone will be in effect from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Friday Nov. 3, 2017 and from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday Nov. 4, unless canceled earlier by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port Honolulu, Capt. Michael Long. The Coast Guard is coordinating with the Honolulu Police Department and…

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Coast Guard medevacs 64-year-old man from Naval Facility on San Nicolas Island

The Coast Guard medevaced a 64-year-old man from the naval facility on San Nicolas Island, Wednesday afternoon.  At approximately 2:00p.m., San Nicolas Island Naval Facility personnel contacted Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders reporting a 64-year-old contractor was experiencing stroke-like symptoms. After consulting with the duty flight surgeon, Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach watchstanders dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Forward Operating Base Point Mugu to assist.  The aircrew arrived on scene and transported the man to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Ventura County. The man was last reported to be in stable…

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Coast Guard, Gulfport Fire Department extinguish fire aboard Coast Guard cutter

Members from Gulfport Fire Department and a Coast Guard member extinguished a fire aboard Coast Guard Cutter Brant (WPB 87348), which was moored in Gulfport, Mississippi, Wednesday. At approximately 5 a.m., two Coast Guard members who were aboard the cutter became aware of the fire, located on the port-aft area of the vessel, and took initial actions to put out the fire using an on board fire extinguisher. Members from Gulfport Fire Department arrived on scene at 5:05 a.m. and extinguished the fire. The two Coast Guard members on board…

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Coast Guard seeks tips, information on recent laser attacks on helicopters

The Coast Guard is asking the public for tips or information regarding recent laser attacks aimed against rescue helicopter crews.  The latest attack occurred Tuesday evening near the Arcata-Eureka airport as an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay was conducting a practice instrument approach.  The helicopter was southeast of the airport when a green laser coming from a wooded area about three miles east of McKinleyville, was shined directly at the aircraft. The pilots quickly landed so the crew members could receive medical checkups.  “Laser attacks against aircraft…

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Saab to Provide Multi-Mode Radar for US Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Cutter

Defense and security company Saab has received an order from the U.S. Navy to provide the Sea Giraffe Agile Multi Beam (AMB), Multi-Mode Radar (MMR). The order value amounts to $16.8M USD (140 MSEK). Saab’s Sea Giraffe MMR – a 3D, electronically scanned phased array radar – will be deployed on the US Coast Guard’s (USCG) newest class of ship, the Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC). The MMR provides high radiated power, selectable waveforms, and modern signal processing to consistently achieve high performance across various marine environments. The initial order covers…

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San Francisco Fleet Week Kicks Off

The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) arrived at pier 30/32 in San Francisco today, kicking off the 37th annual San Francisco Fleet Week, which runs Oct. 1 through 10. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Champion (MCM 4), U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WHEC 726), and Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Winnipeg (FFH 338) will also be in San Francisco for this year’s celebration. More than 2,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members will participate in San…

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The Long Blue Line: Evolution of the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue mission

Those familiar with Coast Guard history know that the service’s development has been shaped in response to the nation’s natural and man-made disasters. Nowhere is that clearer than the Coast Guard’s search and rescue mission (SAR). Beginning in 1790, the Coast Guard’s predecessor, Revenue Cutter Service, assisted mariners at sea. At the time, this was a custom of the sea, but this tradition received official sanction in 1837. That year, the bark Mexico came ashore near New York Harbor with the loss of over 100 passengers and crew. In response…

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Coast Guard offloads approximately $15 million worth of cocaine

Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crewmembers offloaded approximately 490 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated wholesale value of approximately $15 million in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Wednesday. The offload is a result of interdictions from three separate cases in the Eastern Pacific in September. “The Coast Guard is committed to combatting transnational criminal organizations at sea and each of these interdictions will lead to federal prosecutions, that in turn provide intelligence we can use to interdict more illicit shipments of drugs, people and weapons at sea,” said Capt. Mark Vlaun, staff judge…

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Hawaii receives first Sentinel-class Coast Guard cutter

Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) arrived in Honolulu September 22, becoming the first of three 154-foot fast response cutters stationed in Hawaii. The cutters are designed to patrol coastal regions and feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment, including the ability to launch and recover standardized small boats from the stern. The Oliver Berry is the first of three Honolulu-based FRCs that will primarily serve the main Hawaiian Islands. The cutter is named after Chief Petty Officer Oliver Fuller Berry, a South Carolina native…

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Coast Guard Cutter Elm restores buoys in San Juan and St. Thomas after Hurricane Maria

Coast Guard Cutter Elm is currently restoring aids to navigation buoys throughout waterways near San Juan and St. Thomas after Hurricane Maria. The Elm, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, has assisted in restoring 72 percent of critical aids to navigation after Maria.

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