Partnerships Vital to U.S. Arctic Strategy

September 13, 2019 – With the melting and thinning of Arctic sea ice, there has been an influx of tourist and commercial shipping, an increase in mining and petrochemical extraction and an expanded military presence by allies as well as by Russia and China, the U.S. Coast Guard’s vice commandant said. Adm. Charles W. Ray spoke today at the American Society of Naval Engineers-sponsored Arctic Day 2019 in Washington. “Our nation is an Arctic nation. We’ve been operating in the Arctic nearly 150 years,” Ray said, mentioning that he was…

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Video: Coast Guardsmen Hoist Cargo Ship Crew to Safety

September 9, 2019 – An MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga., hoists crew members from the 656-foot vehicle carrier Golden Ray after the vessel became hard aground in the St. Simons Sound near Brunswick, Ga., Sept. 8, 2019. The Coast Guard and multiple port partners have rescued 20 people and are working to extricate four others.

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USCG Stage in Key West for Hurricane Dorian response efforts in Caribbean, Bahamas

September 2, 2019 – More than 20 Coast Guard cutters crews from Sectors Miami and Key West are moored in Key West in preparation for deploying to Hurricane Dorian effected areas in the Caribbean and Bahamas. Multiple Coast Guard units throughout the Coast Guard 7th District area have pre-staged in key locations to be able to provide rapid and relevant response efforts to those areas effected by Hurricane Dorian.

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USCG & RNZN Conduct Professional Exchanges During Operations in Oceania

August 14, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) took time in early August to conduct professional exchanges while off Samoa and in American Samoa. “New Zealand is a steadfast and key partner with significant operational expertise and strong identity as a Pacific nation. The U.S. Coast Guard benefits from combined operations and exchanges like this one, reinforcing that we are part of the same extended family, or aiga as they say in Samoa. We continue to work closely together-along with Australia and other…

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Exercise Talisman Sabre Concludes

July 27, 2019 – The closing ceremony for Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019 has been held in the Port of Brisbane today, marking the conclusion of Australia’s largest bilateral defence exercise with the United States. Over 1,000 personnel embarked on the USS Wasp to formally close the exercise and farewell those who participated over the past two weeks. Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said Talisman Sabre was a major success, increasing interoperability between the Australian and United States defence forces, and strengthening ties with other participating nations.…

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Coast Guard Cutter Healy gets underway for months-long Arctic patrol

July 24, 2019 – Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) departed for a months-long deployment to the Arctic Ocean on Monday. The cutter will support multiple science missions, as well as Operation Arctic Shield, the service’s annual operation to execute U.S. Coast Guard missions, enhance maritime domain awareness, strengthen partnerships, and build preparedness, prevention, and response capabilities across the Arctic domain. As the Nation’s primary maritime presence in the Polar Regions, the Coast Guard advances U.S. national interests through a unique blend of polar operational capability, regulatory authority, and international leadership…

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Ships converge for Talisman Sabre 2019

July 11, 2019 – Seventeen ships from the United States, Australia, Canada and Japan sailed together in formation for a massive photo exercise July 10, to signify the beginning of naval maneuvers as part of Exercise Talisman Sabre 2019. This year’s Talisman Sabre is focused on defending the rights, freedoms, and uses of the sea, air, space and cyberspace guaranteed to all nations under international law and considered essential to prosperity, stability and security in the Indo-Pacific region. “Interoperability and working alongside allies and partners really is the future, particularly…

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U.S. Coast Guard, Gulf of Guinea Partners Conduct Joint Law Enforcement Operations

July 6, 2019 – The U.S. Coast Guard, Ghana Navy and Air Force, and Togolese Navy conducted joint maritime law enforcement operations as part of Africa Maritime Law Enforcement Partnership (AMLEP) 2019 in the Gulf of Guinea, June 10-30, 2019. AMPLEP is a U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa/U.S. 6th Fleet-facilitated initiative that aims to enhance the maritime enforcement capabilities of African partners in order to improve management and security of the maritime domain. A safe and secure maritime environment is necessary for local economies to flourish and is essential to the…

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First SAR Event for PCU Midgett

July 8, 2019 – The Coast Guard Cutter Midgett, which left the shipyard in June and had not yet been commissioned, was transiting off North Carolina when the Coast Guard learned of a 70-year-old man in need of assistance aboard a 62-foot disabled sailboat, 50 miles east of Cape Hatteras, Saturday evening. “It was fortunate that a pre-commissioned Coast Guard cutter was the closest vessel and could be involved with its first search and rescue case, staying with the sailboat until a mission ready cutter arrived,” said Chief Petty Officer…

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Bertholf Returns to Alameda from WESTPAC

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) returned Tuesday to their homeport of Alameda following a 164-day deployment to the Western Pacific. The crew steamed nearly 32,000 nautical miles since they departed Alameda Jan. 20 amidst the partial-government shutdown. Under the tactical control of commander, U.S. 7th Fleet, the crew patrolled and conducted operations as directed including enforcing United Nations Security Council Resolution Sanctions against North Korea by monitoring and gathering intelligence on vessels conducting ship-to-ship transfers in the East China, South China and Yellow Seas. Bertholf’s crew made history…

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Committee Leaders Introduce Bipartisan Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019

June 21, 2019 – Today, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY), and Ranking Member Bob Gibbs (R-OH) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize funds for, reinforce, and support the United States Coast Guard. H.R. 3409, the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019 (CGAA 2019), is legislation that reauthorizes appropriations for the Coast Guard and Federal Maritime Commission through Fiscal Year 2021. The bill also includes regulatory…

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