Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel hits the water for the first time since entering their drydock period, Nov. 15, 2017, at Goodison Shipyards in Quonset, R.I.. The cutter returned to its homeport of Woods Hole, Mass., Dec. 10, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll.

Keeping a 30-year-old Coast Guard cutter mission-ready

Every three years, Coast Guard Cutter Sanibel’s crew halts their routine patrols of the Northeast Atlantic waters. The cutter must be pulled from its berth to undergo an intense reconditioning period to halt the inevitable aging of the 110-foot cutter fleet. With the new modernization, the crew is able to patrol for about seven days without a return to shore, maximizing the crew’s ability to respond to offshore emergencies.

Duck decoys like these help duck hunters attract waterfowl. The Coast Guard encourages all waterfowl hunters to prepare for the worst-case scenario when headed out on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.

Humbled hunter recalls mistakes in the marsh

A duck hunter learns a lesson in preparedness after his boat gets caught in low tides in the marshes on a cold December day without a reliable means of communication or hunting partner.

The Eagle is a 295-foot barque sailing vessel used to train Coast Guard Academy cadets in the historic aspects of sailing, leadership, navigation and teamwork. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau.

Coast Guard sail training ship undergoes renovations

Eagle is undergoing the final phase of a four-year service life extension project at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore as part of the Coast Guard’s In-Service Vessel Sustainment Program. Work began in 2014 and has been conducted in four phases so the ship could carry out its training role – providing U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets with training in seamanship, engineering and leadership – each summer.

Adm. Zukunft Testifies Before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft appeared before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation today to discuss Coast Guard Search and Rescue and its response to the 2017 Hurricanes. The Commandant began his testimony stating that the Coast […]

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley, a gunner’s mate at Coast Guard Sector Boston, works at the Fort Devens firing range, in Massachusetts, Sept. 20, 2017, to qualify Coast Guard members in weapons handling. Kintzley, a highly skilled shooter, trains Coast Guard men and women who enforce maritime laws, and protect Northeast ports and waterways. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley

With a sharp eye and soft hand, Petty Officer 2nd Class Cassandra Kintzley trains Coast Guard men and women who enforce maritime laws, and protect Northeast ports and waterways. Her delicate instructing style helps ease newcomers’ nerves on the range. Her goal is not only teaching people to shoot, but to instill necessary confidence when using a weapon.

A team of shooters from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage aim at targets during The Adjutant General's Marksmanship Match on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 9, 2017. Team Sector Anchorage received the Alaska National Guard Adjutant General's Marksmanship Proficiency Award. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A higher caliber of skill

This year the Alaska National hosted 11 four-person teams and a few individual shooters for The Adjutant General Match, an annual marksmanship competition, held on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 8-10, 2017. The Coast Guard brought a four-man team composed of members from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.

From left to right, multipurpose offshore patrol vessel ICGV Thor (Iceland), frigate HDMS Vaedderen (Denmark, medium river icebreaker CCGS Pierre Radisson (Canada), medium endurance U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, and offshore patrol vessel NOCGV Andenes (Norway) sail in formation during exercise "Arctic Guardian 2017." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons.

Historic exercise tests search and rescue capabilities in the Arctic

The Arctic Coast Guard Forum consisting of members from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States coordinated an exercise to test search and rescue capabilities in the Arctic. The “Arctic Guardian 2017” exercises took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, testing cooperation, coordination, and communication across partner nations’ rescue coordination centers.

U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Dan Abel, director of operations Southern Command, describes Coast Guard small boat operations to Venture Scouts at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, W.V., July 22, 2017. More than 75 Coast Guard members helped scouts learn about the Coast Guard and its missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Benjamin Strong.

National Scout Jamboree 2017

The National Scout Jamboree served as the perfect opportunity to share the Coast Guard’s 11 different missions and safe boating techniques to scouts, visitors and staff from around the nation. Alongside members from the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard tested the mettle of some enthusiastic Boy Scouts, helping them earn the Coast Guard patch.

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate brace themselves in their 47-foot motor life boat during heavy surf training off the coast of San Francisco. Surf Station Operations require a high level of head protection due to factors like the possibility of moderate impact force, extreme wave/surf heights and minimal warning time. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Barry Lane.

Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation: Boat crew helmets

Helmets are worn by boat crew members to provide head protection during hazardous conditions in various environments. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been evaluating personal protective helmets. The center’s extensive research will benefit 16,000 Coast Guard boat crew members throughout the active duty, reserve and auxiliary ranks.

Hurricane Harvey rumor control

There are a lot of rumors floating around the internet in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, there are also many scams out there trying to take advantage of people’s good will during this massive flood event. FEMA has put together a rumor control website to fact check many of the rumors and keep the public informed of what’s true, what’s false and how to tell the difference.

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