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Dive in: Coast Guard decompression diving

Last week, Coast Guard Dive Locker West completed decompression dive training off Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb. While this wasn’t the service’s first ever decompression dive training, it was the first official decompression dive made by members of the Coast Guard’s newest rating.


In the Zone: Coast Guard Counter Drug 101

The name “Coast Guard” can be a little deceiving. Many people don’t realize Coast Guardsmen are deployed around the world conducting a variety of military, law enforcement, regulatory and humanitarian missions. One of its most significant expeditionary missions is counter narcotics in the Western Hemisphere; more specifically, stopping drug smugglers in the “drug transit zones” of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin.

Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Carrington uses a thermal imager to detect heat sources while Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Delach mans a fire hose during firefighting training aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Healy while underway near Kodiak, Alaska, Aug. 28, 2014. Crew members aboard Coast Guard vessels train regularly to mitigate a variety of potential shipboard emergencies, including fire and flooding. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Weekend

This Weekend is the final post for the Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 series. We hope you enjoyed seeing and reading about your Coast Guard in action, as well as a typical week for us. What did you learn about the Coast Guard this week? What would like to know more about? You may contact us through Facebook or email us as well. We appreciate it!

Seaman Apprentice Andres Rodriguez, a crew member aboard Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, conducts hull maintenance on the Appleby in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The Appleby is a 175-foot buoy tender home-ported in St. Petersburg. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Meredith Manning

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Tuesday

Tuesdays week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features the work of Aids to Navagation team members, we honor a fallen shipmate in Long Beach, California, inventory of a new boat in Florida, ID card making in Honolulu and good ol’ hull maintenance on the Cutter Appleby


Shipmate of the Week – Derek Southern, Raymond Hudson and Brian Castleton

Crewmembers and passengers aboard the charter vessel New Seaforth were underway for a fishing excursion off the coast of San Diego when the words “man overboard” suddenly boomed across the deck of the vessel.


Shipmate of the Week – LT David Herndon

At approximately 7 a.m. April 3, 2014, the command center in Alameda, Calif., was notified of a 1-year-old child aboard the sailing vessel Rebel Heart who was ill and required assistance. On watch receiving the call was the command duty […]


Shipmate of the Week – Crew of CG6515

The night of July 30, 2013, was a night like any other in the San Francisco Bay Area – foggy, with a high probability of low cloud ceilings. Those who know the area are well aware of the microclimates and chilly fog layers that can overtake the bay in a matter of minutes. Images of the city skyline and the twin stanchions of the Golden Gate Bridge peering out through snow-like clouds are a common sight.

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Service in surf and to others: BM1 Nathan Burns

With sure hands on the throttle and helm, and an eye toward the sea and an on their crew, Coast Guard surfmen are considered the service’s most skilled coxswains and members of an elite community. They are boatswain’s mates – each individually numbered – that undertake immense responsibility in training others to operate safely in some of the most dangerous conditions imaginable.

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Shipmate of the Week – OS1 Megan Vega

At home, most of us take solace in being able to rest from our day’s activities. But sometimes, that rest is shaken when we are called back to help neighbors in our community. Such was the case for Petty Officer 1st Class Megan Vega. Around 2 a.m. on a fall night, Vega was awakened by the sound and subsequent signals of a fire at her neighbor’s home.

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Honoring BM3 Travis “OB” Obendorf

Dark rain clouds broke away to clear blue skies Thursday afternoon as mourners quickly filled the available 750 chairs. The Coast Guard Base Alameda crew quickly added rows of seats as the crowd grew and time drew near for the memorial service to pay tribute to Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Obendorf. His family, shipmates from across the country, high ranking officials both civilian and military, and representatives of law enforcement agencies from Alameda, Oakland and as far away as Alaska all assembled to celebrate the life that was cut short Dec. 18, 2013. Obendorf died in a Seattle hospital from injuries he sustained on Nov. 11, 2013, while serving aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche during a search and rescue case near Amak Island, Alaska.

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