A U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew lands at a softball field at a Coast Guard housing facility in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Sept. 22, 2017. The housing facility was used for Coast Guard personnel to shelter in place for Hurricane Maria and some operations were based there as damages were repaired to the Coast Guard base Sector San Juan, which is adjacent to San Juan harbor in Puerto Rico. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Zach Zubricki.

Surviving Hurricane Maria

The U.S. Coast Guard members who work at Sector San Juan had already been hit with Hurricane Irma but just two weeks later, they had to relocate and hunker down 10 miles away at Bayamon while Hurricane Maria wrought even more destruction to the island of Puerto Rico. Weeks later, those same member worked tirelessly to rebuild and become operational again.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. Davey Connor

Helping others and saving lives is what being a member of the Coast Guard is all about. When Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, Lt. Davey Connor deployed from Sector Jacksonville to assist in relief efforts. Between shifts, Connor made it his personal mission to help save as many homeless dogs left in the wake of the hurricane.


Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Centeno talks with local boat owners in an effort to identify owners of boats stranded from Hurricane Maria and inform them of a no-cost option to have their vessel removed, Vieques, Puerto Rico, Dec. 4, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando.

Coast Guard works to identify owners of stranded boats in Puerto Rico

In response to Hurricane Maria Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Centeno and other Spanish speaking Coast Guard members worked with the Vessel Owner Outreach Group in efforts to identify owners of boats stranded in Hurricane Maria, and offer them a no-cost option to salvage the vessels, to either return them or transport them for disposal.


Salvaging boats, protecting the environment: The aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. Two months after the storm has passed, the devastation lingers; families are displaced, homes have been torn-apart, and destroyed boats sit sunken in harbors or have washed ashore. The Coast Guard, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continue working on organizing salvage and removal operations for displaced, sunken and wrecked vessels throughout the island.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MK1 Ryan Swartz

With holidays fast approaching, many Coast Guard service members will be carving turkeys, shopping for holiday gifts, visiting family and…

…deploying for disaster response?

Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Swartz and his team are working to assist the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its citizens by working to get their vessels out of the water in order to mitigate pollution to the environment.


Focus on the Western Hemisphere: Unity of Effort – strong partnerships breed success

The U.S. Coast Guard must be in lock-step with our Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of Justice, Department of Defense and other interagency and international partners to be successful in “combating networks” – the first priority of the Coast Guard’s Western Hemisphere Strategy. These partnerships were at the forefront as The Interdiction Committee engaged with stakeholders in the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Panama, Colombia and Honduras last week.


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Mountainside rescue

The crew of a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescued a man who fell more than 100-feet from a mountainside in Yauco, Puerto Rico yesterday. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector San Juan received a request for assistance from Yauco Municipal Police for a Coast Guard rescue helicopter to hoist the 60-year-old man, who reportedly sustained multiple injuries after being kicked-off the side of a mountain while handling a goat.


Weapon & ammunition seized In Caribbean waters

Written by 7th Coast Guard District public affairs. Coast Guard crews along with Caribbean Border Interagency Group federal law enforcement authorities seized approximately $190,000, a semi-automatic weapon and approximately 300 rounds of ammunition from inside a vessel, northwest of Puerto […]


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Shipmate of the Week – Miriam Lopez

The men and women who wear the Coast Guard uniform are often the subject of public admiration – and even the occasional Hollywood blockbuster, for putting their lives on the line to protect the homeland and save lives at sea. […]


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1st major drug bust for new Coast Guard boat

Ricardo Castrodad, Coast Guard Sector San Juan public affairs, contributed to this post As the Coast Guard continues its recapitalization efforts, one of the service’s newest platforms is making its mark as a highly capable, multi-mission asset. The 45-foot Response […]


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