ItCG-Hurricane season, old cutter museums, and a headline whoops

  • Hurricane season is here, and it is a busy time for the Coast Guard.
    • Here are two stories about training and preparation in Florida.
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    • The Coast Guard is stocking up on LED Marine Lanterns for hurricane season. The LED Marine Lanterns are more environmentally friendly. Replacing the traditional lanterns with the new LED will use less energy, last eight years longer and will not require an electricity bill.
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    • PA1 Adam Eggers is on the Pentagon Channel talking about hurricane preparedness for military families. As he says we have to take care of our families first.
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  • An aging pier in Astoria, Wa., built in 1933, received a much needed overhaul. The pier at Tongue Point is the berth for the CGC Fir, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender. For anyone who doesn’t know much about buoy tenders, the linked story is pretty informative both on the pier’s overhaul and the activities of the cutter.

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  • The CGC Apalachee was comissioned in 1943, decommissioned in 1986, and is now on its way to being a museum in Ohio. It seems even when our cutters are 66-years-old they find ways to serve the public.

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  • And here is a whoops for the day. Reuters Africa has the title of a recent article a little off. The title reads US navy ship in first Libya visit for 40 years, but the article goes on to talk about the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell.

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    This is the sort of basic confusion we battle every day when it comes to defining the Coast Guard. Explaining the differentiation between us and other branches of the service (or that we are a military or armed service at all) is something that almost every Coast Guardsman has had to deal with. In case anyone is confused? The Coast Guard is the oldest continuing sea going service in the United States, it is military, and it is an armed service.

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell prepares to depart the pier on Coast Guard Island, Jan. 12, 2009. The 378-foot high endurance cutter is participating in a 180-day deployment as part of the USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) that will cover a route circumnavigating the globe. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa Hauck)

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Boutwell prepares to depart the pier on Coast Guard Island, Jan. 12, 2009. The 378-foot high endurance cutter is participating in a 180-day deployment as part of the USS Boxer Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) that will cover a route circumnavigating the globe. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Melissa Hauck)

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