“Joshua James exhibited a commitment to excellence that permeates the Coast Guard to this day,” said Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger. “He embodied the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty and the guiding principles articulated in our new Commandant’s Direction long before we ever wrote them down.”
During the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014, Coast Guard Cutter Waesche’s crewmembers worked hand-in-hand with Australia, Brunei, China, France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and the U.S. Navy in a multitude of exercises ranging from maritime interdiction, search and rescue and counter-piracy to tactical maneuvering, fueling and replenishments at sea, and a live-fire gunnery exercise.
Beginning in October, several enlisted Coast Guardsmen will join their seagoing counterparts from the U.K. to support the manpower needs of its Type 23 frigates. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft and First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff of the U.K. Royal Navy Sir Adm. George Zambellas signed a memorandum of understanding Wednesday, which aims to strengthen the maritime partnership between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Today, Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger testified on implementing U.S. policy in the Arctic before the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation. The Vice Commandant led his opening statement by sharing his personal experience with Coast Guard operations in the Arctic; experiences that have shaped his understanding of the service’s role as the nation’s lead federal agency for ensuring maritime safety and security in the region.
Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 Exercise from June 26 to August 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea-lanes and security on the world’s oceans.
Waesche’s participation in RIMPAC 2014 will highlight the Coast Guard’s unique capabilities and partnerships with Department of Defense entities and international partners along the Pacific Rim. It will also serve as a unique, large-scale training opportunity that will provide realistic training in support of a wide range of Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, maritime interdiction, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and national defense missions.
Aboard the Barque Eagle, life is not easy for anyone – crew or cadet. Life aboard makes you tired, wet, hot (or cold) and often very sweaty. For Coast Guard Academy Cadet 1st Class Austin Fullmer, this summer has also been one of the greatest learning experiences of his life.
Balikatan, Tagalog for “Shoulder to Shoulder”, is an annual U.S.-Filipino bilateral military exercise that includes joint field training as well as humanitarian and civic assistance events. Balikatan, held annually for 30 years, aims to improve the capacity of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and strengthen Filipino-U.S. interoperability. With the recent affirmation of the “ironclad” alliance between the United States and the Philippines, U.S. Coast Guard training officers, led by Lt. Andrea Rice, recently completed a training mission alongside their Philippine Navy counterparts in Balikatan 2014.
The island of Antigua was abuzz with activity during a typically slow off-season. For six days beginning in early June, more than 100 members from the U.S. military, Royal Canadian Navy and military units from 11 Caribbean nations commuted daily across the island to conduct maritime training during the first phase of Tradewinds 2014. Tradewinds is a joint and combined exercise designed to enhance the military and law enforcement capabilities of Caribbean partner nations in maritime security and disaster response training.
Large-scale drift net fishing on the high seas is not only illegal, it also poses a significant threat to our oceans’ ecosystems. Together with international partners, Coast Guard cutters routinely participate in efforts to detect and deter these activities. One such cutter is Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, who recently transferred custody of the fishing vessel Yin Yuan, a 191-foot fishing vessel seized 625 miles east of Tokyo, Japan for large-scale high seas drift net fishing to the China Coast Guard vessel 2102.