Groningen Takes Part in Major Cocaine Bust

May 23, 2019 (Google Translation) – The patrol ship Zr. Ms Groningen intercepted more than 1,600 kilos of cocaine in the Caribbean last week. This happened together with an American coast guard team on board the Groningen. After the NH-90 on-board helicopter discovered a suspicious boat, it was stopped. The drugs and crew have been transferred to the US Coast Guard authorities. They ensure further prosecution. Groningen has been active in the Caribbean since 20 April. The ship is used as a station ship for drug control operations and humanitarian…

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US Coast Guard ship visits Manila

May 15, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) arrived Wednesday in Manila – the first visit by a U.S. cutter to the country in more than seven years. The visit follows a bilateral exercise with the Philippine coast guard where Bertholf and its counterparts conducted training that focused on search and rescue, maritime security and law enforcement capabilities. While in port, Bertholf crewmembers, several of whom share a Filipino heritage, will train and interact with members of the Philippine coast guard. The crew will also have opportunities…

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Coast Guard completes installation of Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signals in Northeast

May 13, 2019 – The Coast Guard has completed the installation of Mariner Radio Activated Sound Signal (MRASS) devices at 82 lighthouses across the Northeast. The Coast Guard began updating the sound signal devices in 2015 and will complete the final two installations this spring. The purpose of the modernization was to replace the less reliable and less efficient VM-100 fog detectors with a Coast Guard-designed, radio-controlled system. The process also eliminated several 24/7 continuously sounding horns. Mariners needing foghorn assistance must now activate the sound signal by using a…

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Ships Announced for 2019 New York City Fleet Review

March 27, 2019 – Five U.S. Navy ships, three U.S. Coast Guard cutters, four U.S. Naval Academy (USNA) Yard Patrol boats (YPs), one Military Sealift Command ship, and two Royal Canadian Navy vessels will participate during 2019 Fleet Week New York (FWNY), May 22-28. It is anticipated that approximately 2,600 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will participate this year. Ship and pier locations include: Manhattan, Pier 88: (Tours will be closed Sunday, May 26) • San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock USS New York (LPD 21), from Mayport, Florida will embark…

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U.S. Coast Guard enforces North Korea sanctions in the East China Sea

March 18, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf pulled into Sasebo March 3 following a deployment in the East China Sea where the crew assisted in United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) enforcement against illicit ship-to-ship transfers that violate North Korea sanctions. The Bertholf’s patrol is a part of the United States’ ongoing contribution to international efforts in combatting North Korea’s maritime sanctions evasion activity. Ship-to-ship transfers of fuel and goods, like coal, going to and from North Korea are prohibited under UNSCRs. As both a federal law…

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The Long Blue Line: Lt. Cmdr. Frank Erickson – Coast Guard pioneer of helicopter flight

By Beth L. Crumley U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Historian Just over 75 years ago, Lt. Cmdr. Frank A. Erickson flew the first helicopter rescue mission in history, ushering in a new era in search and rescue techniques. Born in Portland, Oregon, Erickson served in the Navy before enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. He received an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy and was commissioned in 1931. While at the Academy, Erickson developed a passionate interest in the techniques of search and rescue and, on May 14, 1935, became Coast…

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CGAS Corpus Christi receives upgraded HC-144 in Texas

An HC-144B Ocean Sentry, Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi’s newest addition, rests on an airstrip in Corpus Christi, Texas on Feb. 20, 2019. This upgraded aircraft contains improvements that will allow aircrews to gather and process surveillance information that can be transmitted to other platforms and units during flight. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Jessica Wright.

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Coast Guard conducts pollution assessment following vessel fire in Oregon, Ohio

February 17, 2019 – The Coast Guard is conducting pollution assessment of the Maumee River following a fire onboard a vessel at the CSX Torco terminal in Oregon, Ohio in the Port of Toledo, Saturday. Watchstanders in the Coast Guard Sector Detroit Command Center were notified of the fire about 9: 30 p.m. by members of Coast Guard Station Toledo. The Coast Guard responded along with fire fighters from eight local fire departments. The external fire is currently under control. Preventative measures continue on adjacent ships using water-cooling techniques. A…

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The shipwreck that changed the Coast Guard forever

Story and artwork by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki When the clock tolled 12 a.m. on Feb. 12, 1983, the 605-foot cargo ship Marine Electric trekked northward 30 miles off Virginia’s Eastern Shore, plowing slowly through the gale-force winds and waves stirred up by a winter storm. An able-bodied seaman relieved the watch and peered forward, noticing for the first time that the ship’s bow seemed to be riding unusually low in the water. Dense curls of green ocean rushed over the bow, some of them arching 10 feet…

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RFA Mounts Bay Lucky Narcotics Find

January 31, 2019 – Four million pounds worth of drugs will never reach the streets of the UK or USA thanks to the deterrent patrol of Royal Navy support ship RFA Mounts Bay. The ship had just begun work to curb the flow of illegal drugs from South and Central to North America with her helicopter crew. The Bay-class ship embarked a Dolphin helicopter from the US Coast Guard’s HITRON – Helicopter Interdiction Tactical squadRON – and its counter-narcotics boarding team, the LEDET (Legal Enforcement DETachment) – earlier this month.…

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Coast Guard establishes temporary security zone for State of the Union address

The Coast Guard is scheduled to establish a temporary security zone in designated waters in the National Capitol Region for the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. The security zone will be in effect from noon until 11:59 p.m., which will limit or prohibit navigation by commercial and recreational boaters. The security zone will include the Potomac River from south of the Francis Scott Key Bridge to north of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. The security zone will also include the Georgetown Channel Tidal Basin as well…

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Coast Guard’s Only Heavy Icebreaker Arrives in Antarctica

January 17, 2019 – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star arrived Thursday in Antarctica along with a resupply vessel during Operation Deep Freeze – a joint military service mission to resupply U.S. interests in Antarctica. Homeported in Seattle, the 42-year-old Coast Guard cutter is the United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker, and the crew is making their sixth deployment in as many years to directly support the resupply of McMurdo Station – the United States’ main logistics hub in Antarctica. Operation Deep Freeze is a joint military service mission in…

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People Smuggling & Drug Trafficking Operation Intercepted West of Puerto Rico

January 10, 2019 – The Coast Guard interdicted a vessel, Monday, with 35 Dominican migrants and 4 kilograms of heroin approximately 34 miles west of Desecheo, Puerto Rico. The crew of a Coast Guard Air Station Miami HC-144 Ocean Sentry, deployed to Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico, detected the vessel Monday evening. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector San Juan diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez (WPC-1114), who arrived on scene, embarked the 35 migrants and discovered a backpack with 4 kilograms of heroin floating near the vessel. “While this…

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DynCorp International Awarded United States Coast Guard Contract

January 7, 2019 – On December 20, 2018, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) Aviation Logistics Center (ALC), Long Range Surveillance Product Line Division, awarded DynCorp International (DI) the Progressive Structural Inspection (PSI) and Depot Level Maintenance (DLM) contract for C-130H and C-130J aircraft. Located at the Aviation Logistics Center at USCG Base Elizabeth City in North Carolina, the total value of this contract is $51.4 million and consists of one base year and four option years. “We are pleased to be named a critical new partner with the Coast…

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National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office Announces Annual Award for MDA Excellence

January 7, 2019 – Directors of the Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center and the Joint Regional Intelligence Center-Los Angeles have become the recipients of the annual National Maritime Domain Awareness Executive Steering Committee (MDA ESC) Award. Chief of the Maritime Security Department in the National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office (NMIO) John Sanford presented the MDA ESC Award to the directors during the 2018 National Fusion Center Association Annual Training Event in Alexandria, Virginia in December, 2018. “It is certainly an honor to recognize the work of the Orange County Intelligence Assessment…

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