Future USCGC Pablo Valent Maiden Arrival at Homeport

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg receives their first 154-foot fast response cutter (FRC), Sunday. Coast Guard Cutter Pablo Valent, a Sentinel-class vessel, will arrive at its new homeport where the crew will begin training to become certified in law enforcement and rescue operations. Pablo Valent is scheduled to be officially commissioned May 11, 2022. Pablo Valent will operate throughout the…

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USS Donald Cook Returns to Mayport

Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) returned to Naval Station Mayport following a three-month deployment, April 24. Donald Cook departed Naval Station Mayport in January on a short-notice deployment to operate with NATO Allies and partners in the Eastern Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea. The crew spent more than 70 days at sea and conducted three…

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USNR Officer Charged With Alleged Bribery & Visa Fraud

A Florida man who serves as a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves appeared in court March 11th on criminal charges related to an alleged bribery scheme involving special visas for Afghan nationals. According to court documents, Jeromy Pittmann, 53, of Pensacola, Florida, currently residing in Naples, Italy, was paid to draft, submit, or falsely verify false letters of recommendation…

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USCGC John Scheuerman to Commission February 23 in Tampa

The U.S. Coast Guard will commission the USCGC John Scheuerman (WPC-1146), Patrol Forces Southwest Asia’s fifth Sentinel-class cutter, into service at Tampa at 10 a.m. ET February 23. Due to COVID mitigation, in-person attendance is limited, and the event is not open to the public. Adm. Karl L. Schultz, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, will preside over the ceremony.…

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USCGC Decisive Trains Guatemalan Navy

Reliance-class medium endurance cutter USCGC Decisive (WMEC 629) conducted at sea engagements with the navy of Guatemala in the territorial seas of Guatemala in late October. “It was a pleasure working with members from Guatemalan naval units Gucumatz (BH 656) and Lp-Antares in October while conducting law enforcement and search and rescue exercise,” said Cmdr. John Mcwhite, commanding officer of…

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Navy Replacing & Upgrading Underwater Training Ranges

The Navy’s Naval Aviation Training Systems and Ranges program office (PMA-205) is advancing increments II and III of the Undersea Warfare Training Ranges (USWTR), upgrading and expanding the capability of the training ranges. In increment I, the USWTR team managed the installation of the ocean sensor and shore electronics subsystems located off the coast of Florida. Under Increments II and…

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USCGC Resolute Returns From 56-day Deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns home to St. Petersburg, Florida, Saturday, following a successful 56-day Joint Interagency Task Force-South (JIATF-S) and Coast Guard District Seven (D7) Patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During the patrol, Resolute interdicted multiple suspected smugglers on a go-fast vessel obtaining 279.5 kilograms of cocaine, and rescued 260 Haitian migrants. Resolute, with the assistance from a Customs…

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USN Awards L3Harris $393M Undersea Training Range Contract

August 4, 2021 – The U.S. Navy has awarded L3Harris Technologies a $393 million contract to install increments II and III of the Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR). The award follows nearly 10 years of execution by L3Harris on Increment I and will replace and upgrade the remaining underwater training range sites. USWTR Increment I included installing the ocean sensor…

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Cutter Resolute Returns From Deployment

June 2, 2021 – USCGC Resolute (WMEC 620) returned home to St. Petersburg Tuesday, after a 41-day Central Caribbean patrol. The Resolute crew patrolled the coast of Haiti in support of Operation Southeast Watch. The team focused efforts on known transit zones and served as a presence to discourage hazardous migration voyages. Watchstanders received an urgent radio call from a…

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Eastern Shipbuilding Lays Keel for Future USCGC Chase

May 24, 20211 – Today, Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) hosted the keel authentication ceremony for the U.S. Coast Guard’s future Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC), USCGC CHASE (WMSM 916), at the Nelson Street facility. Admiral Karl Schultz, the 26th Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Chairwoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40), House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chair and ship sponsor, delivered…

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