Week in the Life of the Coast Guard: Tuesday

Written by Chief Petty Officer CC Clayton, editor-in-chief, Coast Guard Magazine

Ever wonder what the Coast Guard does in an average week during the winter months? Probably pretty slow, right? While a lot of people are digging themselves out from another winter snowstorm, our service is out in full force training, rescuing those in need, and preparing for the upcoming boating season. In other words, a winter week for the Coast Guard is anything but slow.

From February 7th to the 14th, Coast Guard Magazine set out to capture a week in the life of the Coast Guard to highlight the many missions our men and women perform. Over the next week, Coast Guard Compass will provide a sneak peak into the next issue of Coast Guard Magazine featuring a day-by-day snapshot of a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard.

Looking below

John Murren, a marine inspector at Sector Baltimore, inspects the hull of a dinner cruise ship during an annual inspection in Washington, D.C. Murren climbs through the hull of the ship looking for safety violations that need to be addressed. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandyn Hill.

Cool jobs

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Wire conducts icebreaking operations on the Hudson River, near Rhinebeck, N.Y. Wire‘s crew, along with other Coast Guard cutter crews, are in the upper Hudson River to help clear safe paths for ships carrying vital resources to upstate New York residents. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Schuhlein.

Rescue at sea

A flight crew from Air Station Houston medevac a man from a cargo tanker 10 miles south of South Padre Island. Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a report at approximately 12 a.m. that a 40-year-old male aboard the motor tanker Ballad was experiencing extreme abdominal pain. Coast Guard video.

Good books

Crewmembers load pallets of books with forklifts into an HC-130 Hercules at Air Station Barbers Point. The air station donated 16 computers and Rotary Club of Kapolei, Hawaii, donated more than 7,000 books to American Samoa public schools that an aircrew will deliver. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Henderson.

Training time

Members of Auxiliary Division 12 conduct hoist training with aircrew members from Air Station Los Angeles off the coast of Venice, Calif. The training involves lowering and hoisting a rescue basket from an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter onto the deck of the auxiliary vessel Ladyfish III. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

On the rocks

The 58-foot long-lining fishing vessel TerriGail is hit by a wave after it grounded a mile southwest of Makushin Bay near Unalaska. The TerriGail had five crewmen who were safely hoisted by a Kodiak-based HH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew before the vessel grounded. Photo by Marine Safety Detachment Unalaska.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Terrell Wilburn fights off an attacker after receiving pepper spray on his face during boarding team member training. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg.

There are over a thousand images that were captured from this week. To see more, visit the Coast Guard’s Visual Information Gallery and search “week in the Coast Guard.”

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