USS Green Bay, USCG Team Up for Transport

December 7, 2018 – USS Green Bay (LPD 20) embarked United States Coast Guard transportable port security boats (TPSBs) assigned to Port Security Unit (PSU) 305, Nov. 27. PSU 305’s mission is to provide port security in support of military and humanitarian operations worldwide. The unit was recently in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, along with Green Bay providing maritime security in support of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference. “The U.S. Coast Guard supporting the APEC in Papua New Guinea was a very challenging, but rewarding experience,” said Chief Machinery…

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United States’ Lone Heavy Icebreaker Begins Antarctic Deployment

December 6, 2018 – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived December 4th in Pearl Harbor to make final preparations before sailing to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2019. The 42-year-old Coast Guard cutter is the United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker. The crew is scheduled to make their sixth deployment in as many years to directly support the resupply of McMurdo Station – the United States’ main logistics hub on Antarctica. The Polar Star recently completed a six-month drydock period where outdated equipment was upgraded or replaced. The…

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Astoria-based Coast Guard cutter to celebrate 50 years of maritime service

December 5, 2018 – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast is scheduled to celebrate the cutter’s 50 years of maritime service by offering free public tours, Friday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Since the cutter’s commissioning in 1968, its crew has performed nearly all of the U.S. Coast Guard’s eleven statutory missions. The cutter is best known, however, for its role enforcing maritime law through the execution of hundreds of successful drug and migrant interdictions over the years.  Renowned for its record setting drug seizures, Steadfast…

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Wayne E. Meyer Conducts Fisheries Patrol Exercise with US Coast Guard, Ecuadorian Navy

November 27, 2018 – USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108) conducted a fisheries patrol exercise with the U.S. Coast Guard and Ecuadorian naval assets in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 22. The ship, along with embarked personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) from the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team and a P-8A Poseidon from Patrol Squadron (VP) 16, coordinated with Ecuadorian navy assets to conduct a counter illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing exercise. The purpose of the exercise is to build proficiencies in detecting and deterring…

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U.S. Coast Guard forces to provide maritime security for Economic Leader’s Summit in Papua New Guinea

October 31, 2018 – U.S. Coast Guard service members are scheduled to provide port security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leader’s Summit Nov. 12-18 in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The deployment of Coast Guard personnel comes after U.S. Ambassador to PNG Catherine Ebert-Gray and PNG Police Commissioner Gary Baki signed a first-of-its-kind memorandum of understanding last week authorizing the Coast Guard to enforce security zones near Port Moresby during the summit. Leaders and senior officials from 21 member nations are scheduled to attend the summit, including…

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How the Ghosts of Shipwrecks Past Continue to Haunt U.S. Waters

By Ellen Ramirez October 31, 2018 – Deep under the surface of U.S. waters, lying in wait to strike, is an environmental threat the size of an army. This army — while deadly and toxic in its own right — is not made up of soldiers and weapons, but rather of vessels from long ago, now derelict and forgotten. Scattered throughout coastal waters and left silent and still in the places where they fell, these derelict vessels are relics of wars, battles, disasters, and other shipwrecks from the past. Aged…

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FLIR Systems Awarded US Coast Guard Contract for Encrypted AIS

October 16, 2018 – FLIR Systems, Inc. announced today that it has been awarded a contract from the United States (U.S.) Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in support of the U.S. Coast Guard’s (USCG) Second Generation Automatic Identification System (AIS-2) program. The indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract has a ceiling value of $9.9 million to provide second generation Automatic Identification System (AIS) transponders, associated peripherals, and spare parts for nearly 1,774 boats and 282 cutters in the USCG’s active fleet. #FLIR Awarded $9.9M @USCG Contract to Support Encrypted Automatic Identification…

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US Coast Guard announces Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook

October 15, 2018 – The Coast Guard announced its Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook, which is the service’s long-term vision to support and grow maritime commerce in the U.S. “Maritime commerce accounts for $4.6 trillion in annual economic activity; this strategy emphasizes the critical need for a ready, relevant, and responsive Coast Guard that maximizes America’s economic prosperity through the maritime domain,” said Coast Guard Vice Adm. Daniel Abel, deputy commandant for operations. “The Coast Guard has the enduring responsibility to safeguard the Marine Transportation System (MTS) and promote the uninterrupted…

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Coast Guard Establishes Safety Zone for San Francisco Fleet Week 2018

September 28, 2018 – San Francisco Fleet Week is scheduled to kick off Monday with a series of public events, including the arrival of military vessels to the Port of San Francisco. In addition to maintaining the Coast Guard’s homeland security missions in the Bay Area, Coast Guard personnel and assets are scheduled to participate in and provide maritime security for the Fleet Week events. A variety of ship tours and static displays from several branches of the Armed Services are scheduled, as well as that of our Canadian partners.…

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US Coast Guard exercises construction option for lead Offshore Patrol Cutter, long lead-time materials for second Offshore Patrol Cutter

September 28, 2018 – Today, the Coast Guard exercised contract options with Eastern Shipbuilding Group to begin construction of the lead offshore patrol cutter (OPC), Argus, and to acquire long lead-time materials for the second OPC, Chase. This milestone, which begins the construction of the lead OPC, is another major step in replacing the Coast Guard’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters. The OPC will provide the nation with renewed capabilities in the fight against transnational organized crime and the effort to secure our maritime zones and borders. The total…

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Coast Guard Awards Contract For H-65 Helicopter Components

September 14, 2018 – The Coast Guard awarded a $15.9 million contract to Airbus Helicopters Inc. Aug. 22 to procure three critical structural components for its H-65 short range recovery helicopters as part of a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP). The sole source contract includes the following commercial items; the canopy, center console floor assembly and the lower right nine degree frame. The Coast Guard elected to order 87 canopies in the base period, which resulted in a $2.5 million cost savings to the government. Under the contract, canopy deliveries…

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Coast Guard, Navy participate in ribbon cutting ceremony for new pier and facilities in Port Angeles

September 14, 2018 – The entrance to the Transit Protection System pier in Port Angeles, Wash., Sept. 14, 2018. The 425-foot long pile-supported pier and utility trestle is located on Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles and can berth up to seven boats. U.S. Coast Guard photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross.

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Coast Guard Awards Contract For Cutter Boats

September 6, 2018 – The Coast Guard awarded a firm-fixed price indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract Aug. 30, to MetalCraft Marine U.S. Incorporated of Cape Vincent, New York, for a fleet of cutter boats-large (CB-L). The contract has a maximum value of $20 million and allows for the acquisition of more boats over an ordering period of five years. The initial delivery order for two CB-Ls, trailers, delivery, training and associated logistics documentation was placed for approximately $590,000. The CB-L will replace the current fleet of 24-foot cutter boats in…

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Revision Awarded Contract by U.S. Coast Guard to Deliver Custom Bump Helmet Systems

September 10, 2018 – Revision Military, a world leader in military head systems and helmet solutions, has won a helmet contract with the U.S. Coast Guard (contract ID: 70Z02318DMNQ07400). Revision was competitively selected against other solutions and will deliver a custom helmet system inspired by the company’s Batlskin Caiman™ Bump Helmet System. The helmet system is built on a skeletonized, lightweight base that is ideal for affixing headborne equipment and is specifically designed for the turbulence and physicality of maritime and mobile maneuvers experienced by boat crew Coast Guardsmen. “Revision’s…

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FRCs Aid in Hurricane Response, Coast Guard FRC Program Grows

September 10, 2018 – In late August, Coast Guard Cutters Oliver Berry and Joseph Gerczak, stood at the ready to respond to the impacts of Hurricane Lane in Hawaii. Although the ships have both been stationed in Honolulu for less than a year – they are the first two FRCs to be based there – their presence proved fruitful. The crews maintained a law enforcement presence and worked proactively with the state of Hawaii and maritime industry to assess – with the help of the FRCs’ cutter boats – when…

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