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What Deepwater Horizon taught us about being Always Ready

Monday, April 20, 2015

One of the greatest tests of the Coast Guard’s ability to surge forces in response to a major contingency occurred five years ago today when the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon exploded and caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico. In the immediate aftermath of the explosion, the Coast Guard responded along with others in the maritime community. While the collective response saved 115 people from the rig’s crew, 11 lives were tragically lost.

Coast Guard Foundation honors Deepwater Horizon responders

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Coast Guard Foundation logo. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ademide Adedokun.

Last week, the Coast Guard Foundation presented the Guardian of the Heartland award to the flight crews who took part in the search and rescue mission following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig one year ago today. The aircrews were honored with tributes from U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara and Rear Adm. Mary Landry, Coast Guard 8th District commander.

Good Samaritans recognized for Deepwater Horizon rescues

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

NEW ORLEANS -- Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O'Hara, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, presents the Certificate of Valor to Alwin J. Landry, master of the offshore supply vessel Damon B. Bankston, during an awards ceremony at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, April 15, 2011. The Coast Guard recognized Landry and his crew for their efforts, which assisted Coast Guard helicopter crews with the rescue of 115 individuals from the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon on April 20, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough.

When the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon exploded and caught fire April 20, 2010, her crew fought bravely for first their vessel, then their lives and those of their shipmates. The surviving crewmembers were rescued by a rapid and […]

Coast Guard Deepwater Horizon Responders meet the President

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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  A handshake with the President of the United States, autographs from the New Orleans Saints football players, a chat with the National Incident Commander and a tour of the White House.  Over the past two days, five of the […]

BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Information and Suggestions

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

As the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues to generate interest, we want to reiterate the best place for information on response efforts – the official Unified Area Command Website. The entire site is full of regularly updated useful information, some […]

Stay up to the minute with the Deepwater Horizon Response

Friday, June 11, 2010

Earlier today, the federal government launched a new widget to share the latest information from the Deepwater Horizon Response. The widget includes links to the official Deepwater Horizon Response website, information for volunteers, how to submit a claim, and the […]

How you can help with the Deepwater Horizon response

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Are you or your business looking for an opportunity to help with the Deepwater Horizon response? From reporting impacted shoreline areas and/or wildlife to offering your vessel to help with the clean-up, there are any number of ways everyday Americans […]

Admiral Allen briefs President Obama on Deepwater Horizon operations

Friday, April 23, 2010

The following statement was issued by the White House last night after Admiral Allen briefed President Obama on the response to the explosion, fire and sinking of the oil rig platform Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast […]

The Long Blue Line: National Strike Force—the Guard’s global responder for 45 years!

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The U.S. Coast Guard has been the steward of the nation’s maritime environment for nearly 200 years. As a vital component of the National Response System and homeland security mission, the National Strike Force minimizes the human and environmental impact of oil discharges, hazardous material releases, Weapons of Mass destruction (WMD) incidents, and other natural and man-made disasters. The National Strike Force remains Semper Paratus, “always ready,” to expand and adapt its mission to ever-changing natural and man-made threats to the nation and its environment. The National Strike Force remains “Ready Relevant and Responsive” for any hazard, any place.

Coast Guard RDT&E Program celebrates 50 years

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The RDT&E Program has even advanced into working in space-based technologies with the DHS/Coast Guard Polar Scout Program. Two small satellites or “cubesats” capable of detecting transmissions from emergency position indicating radio beacons will be deployed this fall to evaluate their ability to detect and geolocate distress transmission in an Arctic environment and provide signal information to a special network of ground stations.

During its 50 years of existence, the RDT&E Program has completed research that has been vital to the successful advancement of Coast Guard missions including search and rescue, aids to navigation, spill response, and port and cybersecurity as well as supporting the acquisition of new assets such as the national security cutter, offshore patrol cutter and unmanned aircraft system capability.

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