Coast Guard Helped Pioneer the Marine Radio

A telegraph operator employed by the San Francisco Call newspaper tapped out the terse message: “Sherman is sighted,” Aug. 23, 1899. The message announced the anxiously awaited return of the troopship of the same name from the Philippines after the Spanish-American War. Unlike every other telegram transmitted in the U.S. up to that time, this message did not flash along…

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Fairbanks-Morse Wins USCG Bay Class Tug Supply Contract

Fairbanks Morse Defense has been awarded a five-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) requirements contract by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Surface Forces Logistic Center. The agreement, worth up to $13 million, makes FMD the required source of supply for all Opposed Piston (OP) Engine Parts listed in the contract’s schedule of supplies. These parts primarily support OP engines on nine 140-foot Bay…

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USCGC Stone Returns from Patrol

USCGC Stone (WMSL 758) returned to their homeport in Charleston following a 61-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Joint Interagency Task Force South, and the U.S. Coast Guard Eleventh District. Stone’s crew successfully interdicted two suspected drug smuggling vessels, recovering approximately 2,246 pounds…

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Second Polar Icebreaker Construction Contract Awarded t0 Halter Marine

Halter Marine was been awarded the second Polar Security Cutter (PSC) by the U.S. Department of the Navy. The U.S. Department of the Navy has awarded Halter Marine of Pascagoula, Mississippi, as the prime contractor a fixed-price incentive-firm contract for a second U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) PSC (formerly the Heavy Polar Icebreaker). Initial efforts under this option will target the…

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USCGC Hamilton Offloads Narcotics in Port Everglades

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton’s crew offloaded approximately 26,250 pounds of cocaine and 3,700 pounds of marijuana worth approximately $504 million, Monday, at Port Everglades, which is the largest drug interdiction in the ship’s history. The Coast Guard’s strong international relationships, with key partners like Canada along with our specialized capabilities and unmatched authorities, allow for a unity of effort to…

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Long Blue Line: Catching the Rumrunners

By William H. Thiesen, Historian Coast Guard Atlantic Area In October 1919, over 100 years ago, Congress passed the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and, in 1920, the Volstead Act, which enforced the 18th Amendment. And so began the so-called “Noble Experiment” of Prohibition. In America’s territorial waters, including its lakes, inland waterways and thousands of miles of coastline, the…

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GAO: USCG Needs to Better Manage Shore Infrastructure

In 2019, GAO found that almost half of the Coast Guard’s shore infrastructure was past its service life and the extent of costs to address its maintenance and recapitalization (major renovations) project backlogs may be understated. GAO also found that Coast Guard data showed at least $2.6 billion in costs to address its backlogs for its $18 billion portfolio of…

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Coast Guard Drones Can See Underwater & Inside Vessels

By Kathy Murray Shortly after Hurricane Ida tore through Louisiana at the end of August, the Coast Guard’s Gulf Strike Team in Mobile, Ala., got a call. Trouble spots had been identified, including sunken vessels, potential pollution, and other waterway hazards. Could the team deploy a pilot to assess the damage? Petty Officer 2nd Class Dylan Zechman responded, bringing along…

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