USCGC Assateague Decommissions in Guam after 27 years of service

The Coast Guard will take the Coast Guard Cutter Assateague (WPB 1337) out of service during a pier-side ceremony aboard Naval Base Guam Friday. “Assateague’s operational history showcases the Coast Guard’s ability to carry out a diverse and important range of missions vital to the security and prosperity of our nation in remote parts of the Pacific,” said Capt. Chris Chase, who leads the service’s operations in the area as the commander of Coast Guard Sector Guam. “The Coast Guard remains ready to protect American security and economic interests wherever…

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Coast Guard welcomes largest container ship to pass under new Bayonne Bridge

Coast Guard crews enforced a safety zone as the CMA CGM Theodore Roosevelt, a 1,200-foot container ship, passed under the recently elevated Bayonne Bridge on its maiden voyage to the United States on Thursday. The Theodore Roosevelt is the largest capacity container ship to transit under the Bayonne Bridge since the project to raise the structure started in May 2013. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey started the project to raise the bridge and deepen the channel so large capacity ships can use the container ports in…

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Coast Guard sponsors 9th annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day

The Coast Guard invites the public to visit and tour the towers and keepers’ houses of 25 Maine lighthouses Saturday as part of the 9th annual Maine Open Lighthouse Day. Also sponsored by the Maine Office of Tourism and the American Lighthouse Foundation, this annual event is the largest of its kind and attracts between 15,000 to 18,000 visitors. This year, 25 lighthouses and two museums from Biddeford, Maine, to Lubec, Maine, will be open to visitors from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for guided or self-guided tours. The list…

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Rushmore visits American Samoa during OMSI mission

USS Rushmore (LSD 47), with embarked U.S. Coast Guard maritime law enforcement personnel, departed American Samoa after a scheduled two-day port visit, Sept. 5. Under the operational control of U.S. 3rd Fleet, Rushmore and embarked U.S. Coast Guard District 14 maritime law enforcement personnel departed San Diego Aug. 14 for a deployment supporting the Oceania Maritime Support Initiative (OMSI). OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program aimed to diminish transnational illegal activity on the high seas in the Pacific Island Nations of Oceania’s exclusive economic zones (EEZ) and enhance regional…

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US Coast Guard historian presents personal history of Douglas Munro

U.S. Coast Guard Assistant Historian Beth Crumley will present the personal history of Signalman First Class Douglas Munro, the Coast Guard’s only Medal of Honor recipient, during a special exhibit on the history of the Battle of Guadalcanal at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9. Crumley will speak about Munro, who died a hero evacuating a battalion of Marines trapped by the Japanese at Guadalcanal Sept. 27, 1942. She will also provide information on the history of the Coast…

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Coast Guard monitors return of cruise ships to Galveston

The Coast Guard is monitoring the return of cruise ships to ports in Galveston, Texas, Friday. Cruise ship passengers were allowed to disembark at Galveston ship terminals after being stranded at sea for an additional six days due to Hurricane Harvey. “It’s a bittersweet feeling for the passengers,” said Malcom Burn, cruise director of Carnival cruise ship Freedom. “They are excited to be back, but are also uncertain of what they are going to see when they get home.” The Coast Guard is working closely with federal, state, local and…

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Coast Guard establishes safety and security zones for Los Angeles Fleet Week

For the safety of Fleet Week participants and spectators, a temporary security zone is planned for the Port of Los Angeles beginning Tuesday, and ending September 5. The Captain of the Port establishes security zones during high-profile events to minimize hazards to port operations. The security zone is scheduled to encompass all navigable waters from the surface to the sea floor of the Port of Los Angeles within a 200-yard radius of underway Navy vessels greater than 100 feet in length. Additionally, the security zone around anchored or moored Navy…

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CGAS Houston Rescue Operations August 29

Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews evacuate Houston residents in flooded areas Aug. 29, 2017. Coast Guard air crews from around the nation are assisting in rescue efforts. In total, there are 21 helicopters assisting with around-the-clock rescue operations in Houston: seven MH-60 Jayhawks and 14 MH-65 Dolphins. “The Coast Guard is continuing to work with all federal, state and local agencies for rescue operations in the Houston area. We have pulled assets and resources from across the country to create a sustainable force,” said Vice Adm….

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Coast Guard Strike Force responds to aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Corpus Christi

The Coast Guard is responding to the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey near Corpus Christi Sunday. The Coast Guard National Strike Force is evaluating the area for potential hazardous material and pollution after Hurricane Harvey made landfall. “One of our critical focuses here is to assess any potential hazmat or pollution caused by Harvey, said Capt. Tony Hahn, incident commander and captain of the port in Corpus Christi. “We are working diligently with our partner agencies to gage and respond to any incident that occurs from Harvey.”

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Coast Guard rescues 12 near Port Mansfield, Texas

The Coast Guard rescued 12 people aboard a 160-foot vessel taking on water near Port Mansfield, Texas, Friday. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report at 3:40 a.m. of the commercial diving vessel Gulf Justice taking on water with 12 people aboard. Watchstanders directed the launch of two Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews at 12:40 p.m. after a tug was unable to assist as planned due to not being able to get underway. Watchstanders maintained hourly communication with the vessel operator throughout the…

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Coast Guard rescued 15 people near Port Aransas, Texas

Coast Guard rescued four people in distress aboard the vessel Signet Enterprise near Port Aransas, Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. A Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew launched to assist the people in distress. Coast Guard video by Air Station Corpus Christi

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U.S. and Canadian ships to participate in Los Angeles Fleet Week

Sailors aboard the amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23), the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey (DDG 105), the Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship USS Scout (MCM 8), U.S. Coast Guard cutter Active (WMEC 618), and Royal Canadian Navy Halifax-class frigate HMCS Ottawa (FFH 341), will be in Los Angeles for the second annual Los Angeles Fleet Week, Aug. 29-Sept. 4. In addition, forces from 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) 1, Navy Region Southwest, and U.S. Coast Guard District 11…

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NOAA scientists set sail on Coast Guard icebreaker to measure change in the Arctic

On Friday, August 25, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy will sail from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, with a team of NOAA scientists and collaborators on a 22-day cruise to study environmental change in the western Arctic Ocean. Scientists will track ecosystem responses to rapidly changing environmental conditions such as sea ice decline, ocean acidification and rising air and water temperature, as the ship travels north through the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas. “We may be aboard an icebreaker, but we’re not likely to see much sea ice this summer and early…

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