Members of Electronic Support Detachment Guam repair a generator at the Mt. Alutom radio site on Guam following Typhoon Mangkhut, Sept. 15, 2018. The generator is a back up power system for the Rescue 21 radio site. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Communication and connectivity following Mangkhut: A Rescue 21 story

Category 5 Typhoon Mangkhut recently impacted the islands of Guam and Rota, a commonwealth of the U.S. It plunged 80 percent of Guam into darkness and all of Rota, flooded areas and destroyed aids to navigation and damaged the Rescue 21 VHF and microwave radio sites in Guam and Rota. The U.S. Coast Guard sent supplies and crews to Rota to provide aid to the community and repair and restore power to the radio sites that are used to listen for distress calls throughout the Mariana Islands. Read here to learn more about the Rescue 21 system and how this 21st century technology assists these small Pacific islands.


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.


2016 Video of the Year: Off duty rescue at sea: Helping our honu

The sixth nominee features two members of Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii. Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Young and Seaman Cameron Ables rescued three sea turtles trapped in derelict fishing net and brought the net to shore for disposal. Is this the top video for the year? Cast your vote!


The Coast Guard rescues three missing divers near Penguin Bank, Molokai, Jan. 18, 2016. The divers were located at 4 p.m. six miles from their original location by a Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Lost at sea: A whale’s tale

Locating a person adrift at sea is no easy task. With only a head visible, it can be difficult to spot someone bobbing on the water’s surface in the vast Pacific Ocean. Even magnified by binoculars, a shadow the size of a pencil eraser is nearly impossible to find amidst the waves and solar glare. In the case of three divers who went missing off Molokai, Jan. 18, 2016, their sighting by a boat crew could be credited to a sharp lookout and a little luck. Well, a combination of a sharp lookout, luck and a whale.


Legacy of Light: World’s largest lens shines Aloha light

From the Makapu’u Light on Oahu’s southeastern most point, the world’s largest lighthouse lens reflects a beam that can be seen from 19 nautical miles away. The light sheperds mariners through the well traveled waters around the Aloha State from freighters transporting goods to fishing vessels, dive boats and cruise ships.


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Shutter Shootout 2015: First Round (West)

We continue the first round of Shutter Shootout 2015 photo contest with our West bracket, which covers the 11th and 14th Coast Guard districts. Starting today, you can vote in the new West bracket at the Coast Guard’s Facebook page by simply clicking “like” on your favorite photos.


Listening to the deep

We know more about the surface of the Moon and Mars than we do about the ocean’s seafloor. With water encompassing 63.78 million square miles, the oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, with the world’s largest body of water, the Pacific Ocean, covering roughly one third. The Pacific also boasts the deepest trenches, specifically Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench near the Federated States of Micronesia. Given Challenger Deep’s inhospitable environment, no one has attempted to extensively record ambient sound at its full depth. That is, until now.


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Coast Guard technicians manage lava threat in Hawaii

It’s not every day that a lava flow threatens Coast Guard operations, but crews operating in Hawaii have been battling the complex issues presented by the recent Kilauea Volcano eruption to ensure equipment remains capable and crews remain Semper Paratus.


Operation Rai Balang

Coast Guard cutters Assateague and Sequoia recently returned to Apra Harbor, Guam, after each cutter completed patrols as part of Operation Rai Balang, a regional fisheries operation between the United States, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau and Republic of Marshall Islands. The cutters combined transited more than 7,500 nautical miles over 40 days at sea through the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Island’s exclusive economic zone and surrounding high seas.


R1KU, an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The transport of R1KU

Safeguarding marine mammals falls under the Coast Guard’s living marine resources mission, one of the service’s 11 statutory missions. The nation’s waterways and their ecosystems are vital to the country’s economy and health. This includes ensuring the country’s marine protected species are provided the protection necessary to help their populations recover to healthy, sustainable levels.


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