U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Michael Haycock, left, signs the former Coast Guard Cutter Sherman to Sir Lankan Navy commander Vice Adm. Sirimevan Ranasinghe during a transfer ceremony in Honolulu, Aug. 27, 2018. The cutter is currently known as P-626 and is now Sri Lankan Navy's largest vessel in that nation's fleet. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Former Coast Guard Cutter Sherman transferred to Sri Lankan Navy

After more than 50 years of service to the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred the recently decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Sherman to the Sri Lankan Navy. The transfer of the Sherman to Sri Lanka supports the Coast Guard’s efforts to strengthen the United States’ relationship with partner nations in the western Pacific, enhancing their maritime capabilities and governance, and supporting stability and the security of global maritime commons.


U.S. Coast Guard Academy swabs from the Class of 2022 participate in the 2018 Mystic Flag Ceremony at the Mystic Seaport, Conn., July 28, 2018. During the fourth week of Swab Summer the companies at the Academy, and not on Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, travel to nearby Mystic Seaport, a national maritime museum in Mystic, for a presentation of the class flag to the swabs. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole Foguth.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Fourth Class Cadet Bryan Landreth

Coast Guard members live by the core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty and cadets at the Coast Guard Academy live by the motto “Who lives here, reveres honor, honors duty.” Notice a pattern yet? Honor – a high standard of conduct that can neither be delineated by laws nor defined by regulation. It is this concept that brought Fourth Class Cadet Bryan Landreth to the Academy in which he has pledged to support and defend the Constitution of the United States not once, but twice. Landreth brings his experience from his time in the Coast Guard’s elite Honor Guard and Silent Drill Team to the Academy.


Melvin Bell after his second retirement in 2004. Bell dedicated 66 years of federal service in the military and civil service. Photo courtesy of the Bell family.

The Long Blue Line: Master Chief Petty Officer Melvin Kealoha Bell – minority pioneer, Pacific War hero

On Sept. 9, 2018, Master Chief Melvin Kealoha Bell, retired, crossed the bar at the age of 98. He was a patriot whose distinguished career in service of his country spanned 65 years. During his active-duty career, Bell held many distinctions such as being the first minority master chief petty officer in the Coast Guard and the first master chief in the electronics technician rating. His life, career and work embody the service’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty.


U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Abbie Burgess sails past the Owl’s Head Lighthouse near Rockland, Maine. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Auxiliarist Bob Trapani.

U.S. Coast Guard ATON personnel honor lighthouse keepers

Crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Abbie Burgess (WLM-553) and Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) Southwest Harbor, Maine, placed flowers and national ensigns at the gravesites of Abbie Burgess and Isaac Grant, two renowned lighthouse keepers, during a visit to Thomaston, Maine, in August. Burgess was best known for keeping the Matinicus Light shining and later the Whitehead Lighthouse with her husband Grant.


tezanos sketchbook

The Tezanos sketchbook

Coast Guard Art Program artist Robert Selby deployed with Coast Guard Cutter Joseph for two weeks in May 2018. While aboard, Selby executed an artist’s sketchbook in preparation for a painting that will take the work of the Coast Guard at Sector San Juan as its theme.


international maritime leaders

International maritime leaders

The Coast Guard Academy is uniquely suited to prepare international maritime leaders to address the most complex global challenges of our time; those that require transnational solutions and long-term cooperation between nations, such as polar climate change, protection of ocean resources, terrorism, transnational crime and disaster response and recovery.


Pritchard’s Grumman Duck in the icy waters of Greenland before taking flight on his final rescue mission. (U.S. Coast Guard)

The Long Blue Line: Pritchard and Bottoms – Last of the Coast Guard’s MIAs

Like many selfless Coast Guardsmen, Lt. John Pritchard and Petty Officer First Class Benjamin Bottoms, a radioman, went in harm’s way to save lives only to sacrifice their own. During World War II, the Coast Guard ran the Greenland theatre of operations. It was one of the war’s deadliest battlegrounds, where men fought not only the enemy, but the elements as well.


BM3 Chriafisi-Boyd (Station Channel Islands), BM3 David Vela, and BM3 Dax Chacon (both of Station LA/LB), join forces to fine-tune the details of a textbook drifting search pattern.

Station Los Angeles/Long Beach Reservists embrace commandant’s guiding principles

On the southern tip of Los Angeles Harbor’s Terminal Island, after driving through two-mile sea of stacked containers and straight through the center of a federal correctional institution’s fence-lined campus, you will find Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach. From the base, you will find scenic views of San Pedro, Los Angeles Harbor and the busy channel that borders the west side of Terminal Island. Among the Coast Guard units, you will find Station LA/LB. In July, Senior Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Bernice had an opportunity to spend a few days with the station’s 25 reservists during their two weeks of active duty training.


Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadets Marshall Grant, Ali Re, Terry Jung and Third Class Cadet Linda Duncan receive information from Brett Seymore, a member of the National Park Service, before diving in the water near the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018.

Tears of the Arizona, a corrosion study

Cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy conduct a long-term corrosion study on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that will help to determine when the submerged hull of the sunken ship might collapse and release oil.


Auxiliary National Elections

Coast Guard Auxiliary national election results

Written by Coast Guard Auxiliary public affairs   Congratulations are in order for the Coast Guard Auxiliary’s newly elected national leaders! On Friday, August 24, 2018, national elections were held at the Auxiliary National Conference in Orlando, Florida. The newly […]


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