Chris Devlin-Young, a former Coast Guard aviator, whose plane crashed on the remote island, Attu, Alaska, is now a member of the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team and travels the world representing his country. Doing it well, by the way, having won 156 races as of last summer.
The Coast Guard implemented underwater egress training July 2013 at the Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., aimed at increasing a member’s survivability in the event of a small boat capsizing. To date, approximately 200 people have completed the underwater egress training.
On most days, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw keeps Great Lakes channels and harbors open to navigation to meet the region’s winter shipping needs. Saturday was not like most days. Mackinaw served once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship.” Loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, the icebreaker played homage to an annual Chicago tradition from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Each year, as veterans groups and public officials participate in events marking the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and America’s official entry into World War II, Coast Guardsmen past and present gather to remember those lost that day and to celebrate the resilience of our nation in the form of the one U.S. warship that did survive the attack, Coast Guard Cutter Taney.
What group impacts more than 73 million boaters nationwide? The National Boating Safety Advisory Council. The National Boating Safety Advisory Council is a civilian advisory board comprised of 21 members with expertise, knowledge and experience in recreational boating safety. Mandated by the Federal Boat Safety Act of 1971, the council provides broad-based input to the Coast Guard on recreational boating safety issues.
The need for professionals who can both operate and work on highly technical platforms is fundamental to the 21st century Coast Guard. Coast Guardsmen armed with a background in STEM – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – are the future operators, inventors and designers behind systems that will be standard across the service. One place where STEM is taking center stage is at the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Ice season is here! To ensure the safety of vessels transiting the Great Lakes, crews from around the 9th Coast Guard District began their annual buoy retrieval, Operation Fall Retrieve. Operation Fall Retrieve, which affects lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons, commenced with a goal of retrieving 1,278 navigational aids. The operation, the largest domestic ATON recovery operation in the U.S., is scheduled to be complete in late December.
When dozens of tornados tore through the Midwest mid-November, the Coast Guard joined fellow responders with the National Guard and other state and local agencies to help the impacted communities. The six members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Peoria, Ill., are usually responsible for inspections and investigations activities along the Mississippi River north of St. Louis. For the last two weeks, however, they have been going above and beyond their normal duties to help those in need.
As one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, Cyber Monday is a great time to score some deals for those on your holiday gift lists, including your favorite boaters! From rescue flares to nautical charts, there are […]
Commandant of the Coast Guard Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp recently visited the Kingdom of Bahrain for an annual visit to Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and to meet with key maritime partners.