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Adm. Papp discusses maritime strategic issues with Adm. Greenert and Gen. Amos

Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp was joined by Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert to discuss maritime strategic issues during the WEST 2013 Luncheon Town Hall Address in San Diego, Calif. A main point of discussion during the event was the Commander-in-Chief’s strategic guidance that the U.S military “…will of necessity rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.”


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Shipmate of the Week – AUX Bill Nelson

Written by Senior Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster, Atlantic Area Public Affairs. Uncovering the mysteries of our nation’s past can shed light on historical events, along with providing insight on how our past shaped our future. As our nation […]


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Opening U.S. ports after disaster: An all-hands on deck evolution

In every one of America’s ports, the Coast Guard has plans in place to protect lives and property from natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. U.S. cities contend with the threat of natural and manmade disasters every year as a major port taken out of commission could devastate local businesses and ripple into the national economy. Despite some ports opening just hours after the storm had passed, there is still work to be done in harder hit areas. Currently, the Coast Guard is focused on getting the ports of New York and New Jersey back to full operations.


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40 years of safe navigation in America’s waterways

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bradshaw. A dense fog bank formed several hundred yards west of the Golden Gate Bridge. The tank ship Arizona Standard was inbound en route to Richmond, Calif., and the tank ship Oregon Standard, […]


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ADM Papp focused on counter-piracy, Arctic at IMO assembly

This is the second of a three-part series focused on Adm. Bob Papp’s travel to the Middle East and Europe to meet with partner organizations and visit Coast Guard personnel. It was written with contributions by Ademide Adedokun. Coast Guard […]


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Safeguarding ports from natural disasters

Approaching the midpoint of this year’s Atlantic Hurricane season the first eight named storms failed to reach hurricane strength. This of course ended when Hurricane Irene became the first hurricane of the season and impacted more than 1,000 miles of […]


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Take the SEARCH out of SAR

Did you know that your VHF marine radio is likely equipped with a technology called DSC, or digital selective calling, that can help rescuers take the “search” out of search and rescue? Ever wonder how that red “distress” button on […]


itCG-Cleveland rescue, piracy training, oil spill, survival at sea

The Cleveland Browns were not the only ones who needed a rescue Sunday night. The Coast Guard came to the aid of four people who fell into Lake Erie from a pier near Cleveland Browns Stadium. Guardians from Station Cleveland […]


itCG-emergency landing, cleaning up the bayou, boats taking on water, search for missing fisherman

On Thursday, a Coast Guard helicopter from Air Station Detroit had to make an emergency landing in Alpena, Michigan, while on its way to the hospital to transfer a fisherman who was suffering with heart attack symptoms. The helicopter experienced […]


Small Craft Advisories and Boating Safety

Recently, the Compass received a comment asking what a small craft advisory means and what size of boats are considered small crafts. This is an interesting question, but it doesn’t have a real straight forward answer. For one thing, there […]


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