Ensign Kiley Relf (left) and Michael Caballero prepare to hoist the American flag during a remembrance ceremony Sept. 11, 2014, at Coast Guard Sector New York, in Staten Island, N.Y. Capt. Gordon Loebl, commander, Coast Guard Sector New York, gave remarks on the significant role the Coast Guard played during the maritime evacuation of lower Manhattan 13 years ago. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali Flockerzi.

Coast Guard Sector New York holds 9/11 remembrance ceremony

To remember the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, a flag ceremony was performed. An unwavering American symbol, the vibrant red, white and blue colors stood out against the cloudy, gray sky as the flag detail team hoisted it up the pole. Capt. Gordon Loebl, commander, Coast Guard Sector New York, gave remarks on the significant role the Coast Guard plays on a daily basis to thwart terrorist activity and the positive impact of their response on that day.

Tugs in formation

A good day to be a 65 sailor

Every day, the harbor tugs perform the wide range of Coast Guard missions of search and rescue, national security, environmental response and maritime mobility as integral members of the local maritime community. Their primary mission in the winter is icebreaking to facilitate the shipping of vital supplies such as home heating oil to communities living in Upstate New York. Through the harshest winter conditions, the tug crews support the 140-foot ice breaking tugs, Penobscot Bay and Sturgeon Bay, both stationed in Bayonne, to keep shipping lanes open.

Thomas Jefferson

Opening U.S. ports after disaster: An all-hands on deck evolution

In every one of America’s ports, the Coast Guard has plans in place to protect lives and property from natural disasters such as Hurricane Sandy. U.S. cities contend with the threat of natural and manmade disasters every year as a major port taken out of commission could devastate local businesses and ripple into the national economy. Despite some ports opening just hours after the storm had passed, there is still work to be done in harder hit areas. Currently, the Coast Guard is focused on getting the ports of New York and New Jersey back to full operations.

Ensuring cruise ship safety

The sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia, the evacuation of more than 4,000 passengers and the search for survivors has captivated the world for the past week. The accident has raised questions about the safety of cruise ships […]