Coast Guard Cutter Frank Drew is a 175-foot Keeper-class coastal buoy tender. First launched in 1999, the primary mission for the crew is servicing aids to navigation. Like other Coast Guard asset’s however, the crew has additional roles and responsibilities, including ice breaking, search and rescue and coastal security.
In a decommissioning ceremony Monday at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, the Coast Guard bid a fond farewell to its last East Coast-based high endurance cutter: Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin.
Formalizing the role divers play across the service’s diverse mission sets, the Coast Guard announced the creation of the diver, or DV, rate and an associated chief warrant officer, or DIV, specialty, Jan 31, 2014. Coast Guard divers have a storied history that began in the 1940s with intelligence gathering and subsurface activities supporting the Office of Strategic Services, a predecessor of the Central Intelligence Agency. They were also assigned to the Navy Yard at Washington, D.C., to support salvage operations.
In the world of emergency response, one can accurately infer that strong working relationships among all involved parties are crucial to mission success. The Coast Guard, being one of the nation’s top emergency response organizations, works with local agencies throughout the country every day in search and rescue operations, law enforcement cases and even environmental protection missions to ensure the preservation of lives, protection of property and national security, and the conservation of ecosystems and endangered species.
Despite the cold winds and snow that has been sweeping through many parts of the country, many outdoor enthusiasts are out enjoying our nation’s beauty. One of these enthusiasts is Justin Chase. Chase knows it takes a community of educated, prepared boaters to stay safe and have fun while out on the water.
When the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mako left Baltimore en route to their homeport of Cape May, N.J., they knew the transit through the ice-covered C&D Canal would be challenging. However, they didn’t anticipate the normally seven-hour trip would take 30 hours to complete. Along the way, the crew’s bond strengthened when their training kicked in and they relied on each other’s expertise to get home.
New York-based Coast Guard units are no strangers when it comes to assisting with large-scale events in the area but for the first time in history, area crews put in a team effort alongside local New York and New Jersey authorities to safeguard a Super Bowl event. Having provided security for the United Nations General Assembly, Macy’s Fourth of July Firework display, Fleet Week and the NYC Marathon in previous years, the opportunity for the Coast Guard’s assets to assist with Super Bowl XLVIII was also a success.
The first few weeks of the New Year have seen frigid temperatures ice over many parts of the country, including vital navigable waterways. As many Americans found themselves bundling up to stay warm, the Coast Guard embraced the cold and worked tirelessly to keep waterways open for commerce. One of the iced-over waterways was the Delaware River, which had ice up to five-feet thick. Coast Guard Cutter Capstan was joined by Coast Guard Cutter Cleat to break the ice in the region and ensure the waterway was safe and navigable.
International trade is a powerful engine of our nation’s global economic growth and the Coast Guard remains committed to ensuring the global maritime industry is safer and more secure. Established in 2003, the Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program is a major entity in reducing risks to U.S. ports and ships and to the entire maritime transportation system.
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is responding to a Jan. 3rd request from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, AMSA, to assist the Russian-Flagged Akademik Shokalskiy and Chinese-Flagged Xue Long that are reportedly ice-bound in the Antarctic. The Russian and Chinese Governments have also requested assistance from the United States.