The “Duck” memorial: Remembering WWII heroes

Members of the Coast Guard, volunteers, and surviving family members attended a memorial ceremony in Greenland in August to commemorate the lives of Lt. John Pritchard, Petty Officer First Class Benjamin Bottoms, and U.S. Army Air Corps Cpl. Loren Howarth. A plaque was permanently installed outside the Kulusuk Airport.

Bernard Webber's motor lifeboat CG-36500 returns to Chatham, Mass., after rescuing 32 crewmen from a sinking tanker, Feb. 18, 1952. This rescue was dramatized in the feature film "The Finest Hours" in 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: Evolution of the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue mission

Those familiar with Coast Guard history know that the service’s development has been shaped in response to the nation’s natural and man-made disasters. Nowhere is that clearer than the Coast Guard’s search and rescue mission. Major response efforts and evolving technology continue to influence the U.S. Coast Guard’s development as the world’s premier search and rescue organization.

A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro boat crew transits international waters in support of Operations North Pacific Guard, Aug. 15, 2017. Operation North Pacific Guard is a multilateral effort by North Pacific rim nations to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing to include high-seas drift net fishing. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Deputy Commandant for Operations 227th Coast Guard birthday message

Vice Adm. Charles Ray, Deputy Commandant for Operations, highlights some of the many responsibilities that reflect the Coast Guard’s multi-mission efforts in his birthday message to the Coast Guard.

Drifting in the dark

Two Coast Guard members diving off Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, lost their vessel, along with their emergency position indicating radio beacon, marine radio and cell phones. With a flashlight and a filed float plan, the two were safely found and brought to shore after 4 1/2 hours drifting in the water.

SAR in Action: Seventh Pacific Regional Search and Rescue Workshop

When a mariner is found at sea it is no accident. In fact it is often the result of hours of deliberate search and rescue planning and continually nurtured partnerships across jurisdictions and borders. Search and rescue governance is an important element in the Pacific where vast distances and limited resources make saving lives all the more challenging.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Joann Elizalde

Lt.j.g. Joann Elizalde, a reservist at Marine Safety Unit Chicago and a forester in her civilian career, heard a distress call of a man who had overturned his canoe in the cold waters of a Wisconsin lake while on a patrol of a forest. Elizalde took action to call for help and stayed with the man, giving him a glimmer of hope for survival.

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Search and Rescue hoax calls

The U.S. Coast Guard is the lead agency for maritime search and rescue (SAR) in U.S. waters. But that mission is compromised every time the service receives a hoax distress call. Making a false distress call is a violation of federal law (14 U.S. Code § 88) and may result in up to six years in prison, a $250,000 criminal fine, a $5,000 civil fine, and reimbursing the U.S. Coast Guard for the cost of performing the search.

The Research Development Test and Evaluation team recently completed the Search and Rescue Hoax Location Systems and Methods project, “evaluate and demonstrate different technologies that would assist the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) and other partners with locating, identifying and prosecuting hoax callers within the Coast Guard domain.”

Kayaker shares how she nearly drowned in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

An experienced kayaker shares her story of running into danger while kayaking in Cape Cod, Massachussets. The kayaker learned a valuable lesson that day and hopes that in sharing her story, others learn from her mistakes to always be prepared with the right equipment and to wear a life jacket.

Between the Lines: Seamanship and the art of storytelling

Just as Coast Guard history is inconceivable without knots, seamanship is inconceivable without storytelling. In a world of constant innovation, the ancient practice of oral and interactive instruction preserves the human aspect of Coast Guard tradition. For the crew of Station Bodega Bay, storytelling is about more than salty sailors sharing sea stories. It’s about giving context to theory and keeping the Coast Guard legacy of lifesaving alive.

The Long Blue Line: Hawaiian keepers of the light

Travelers visiting Hawaii admire the beauty of the state’s lighthouses and their picturesque surroundings. However, these structures are hollow reflections of the native Hawaiians who stood the watch through good times and bad. As members of the long blue line, they helped build the history and heritage of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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