U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) sails in formation with the Republic of the Marshall Islands Ship Lomor 03 off Kwajalein Atoll, July 3, 2018. The crews rendezvoused en route to Majuro Atoll while the RMI crew conducted the 24-hour escort. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur/Released)

Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry crew sets new horizons for cutter operations

In July, Oliver Berry’s crew set a new milestone by deploying over the horizon to the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The 4,400 nautical mile trip marked marking the furthest deployment of an FRC to date for the Coast Guard and is the first deployment of its kind in the Pacific.


Petty Officer 1st Class Jared Bohler, a marine science technician with Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa, checks lifejacket serviceability aboard the 190-foot U.S.-flagged tuna purse seiner Raffaello during a deficiency check, Oct. 23, 2017. The Raffaello suffered a fire more than two years ago and has been effecting repairs monitored by the MSD personnel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir.

The Coast Guard, 14 degrees south of the equator

The crew of Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa consists of two officers, a first class petty officer, and a GS-12 civilian who conduct about 50 vessel exams consisting mostly of commercial fishing vessels and 25 to 30 investigations varying from pollution to marine causalities annually. While tours are short, around one year, on the island, the crews work to build strong relationships with the communities through boating and safety education as well as participating in community events.


Crew members man the rails aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) as aircrews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conduct a fly-over in two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters during a commissioning ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, Oct. 31, 2017. The Oliver Berry is the first of the three Honolulu-based Fast Response Cutters that will primarily serve the main Hawaiian Islands. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle.

24th Fast Response Cutter commissioned, begins watch over Hawaiian Islands

The Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry is the first of three operational fast response cutters to be commissioned in Hawaii. The FRCs are named after Coast Guard enlisted heroes and replace the 110-foot Island-class patrol boats.


(From left to right) U.S. Coast Guard Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class Kensley Raigeluw, U.S. Coast Guard District 14, and Command Master Chief Petty Officer Ronny German, Coast Guard Sector Honolulu, show pictures of when they first met at Woleai atoll in 1993 Aug. 8, 2016, on Sand Island, Hawaii. Raigeluw attributes the U.S. Coast Guard’s visit to his island of Woleai more than 20 years ago for the reason he decided to serve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Picture means more than words for Coast Guardsman

After viewing an old photograph, Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Ken Raigeluw and Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Ronny German realized that they’d first met more than 20 years ago on a Pacific atoll known as Woleai. The photo captured a moment in time that would change one of their lives forever.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Auxiliarists Mike and Paula McDonald

Coast Guard Auxiliarists Mike and Paula look for ways to give back to their community, make it better and help get those who live there a little healthier.


Dive decontamination: bringing new ideas to the surface

Capable maritime forces help ensure stability and prosperity around the world, and this year’s Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise helped participating nations improve those capabilities. This year’s biennial exercise held in Honolulu, Hawaii, involved 26 nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, an estimated 25,000 personnel and took more than a year to plan. RIMPAC focuses on maritime force capabilities and providing realistic, relevant training that increases a participant nation’s abilities to plan, communicate and conduct complex maritime operations.


For The Love Of The Plane

Lt. Cmdr. Harry Greene has a passion for flying both on and off duty. He is a helicopter pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and an aircraft enthusiast in his off-duty time.


A sea turtle floats trapped in a derelict fishing net off the west side of Oahu, Hawaii, June, 4, 2016. Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Young and Seaman Cameron Ables, members of Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, rescued three sea turtles trapped in the derelict fishing net and brought the net to shore for disposal. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Young/Released)

Saving our ocean one turtle at a time

Today we celebrate World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. Individuals and organizations across the planet are taking action to prevent pollution in our oceans. Recently two off-duty Coast Guardsmen saved three turtles trapped in a derelict net, doing their part to conserve the endangered population of green sea turtles.


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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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Crew of F/V Cape Ferret

Good Samaritans are crucial force multipliers for the U.S. Coast Guard. With a single radio call, the Coast Guard can alert hundreds of vessels of a potential rescue case, requesting they keep a sharp lookout and, in some cases, respond to help those in peril.


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