The newest ‘Ancients’ – Introducing the Gold and Silver Ancient Tridents

Today the Coast Guard inducted the first Gold and Silver Ancients Tridents, Rear Adm. Linda L. Fagan and Master Chief R. Shane Hooker respectively. The tradition of naming a Coast Guard community’s “Ancient” dates back to 1966, when aviators created the Ancient Albatross, a title developed to recognize the longest serving pilot in the Coast Guard. The Gold and Silver Ancient Tridents are titles given to the officer and enlisted member who have served in the Marine Safety community the longest. The Marine Safety field operations include vessel and facility inspection, waterways management, pollution response and marine casualty investigations.


The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard operations during the Persian Gulf War

Units and personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have served with distinction in every major American conflict since the founding of the United States. The Persian Gulf War proved no exception to this rule.


The Long Blue Line: Domenic Calicchio – Champion of marine safety regulations

Domenic A. Calicchio was one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s many unsung heroes whose career embodied the Service’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty. The Coast Guard’s Inspections & Investigation School named the Calicchio Award for him due to the significant impact he had on the U.S. marine industry and the Coast Guard as a senior marine casualty investigator.


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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: CWO Andrew Schock

A strong leader leads by example and will do the right thing – even when no one is looking.

“Those are two leadership characteristics that I try to exemplify,” said Chief Warrant Officer Andrew Schock, a Coast Guard marine investigator. Schock recently received the Coast Guard Award for Excellence in Marine Inspections for his dedication to the Coast Guard and his team.


225 Years of Service to Nation

225 years of Service to Nation: Marine safety

In the U.S. Coast Guard, the responsibility to safeguard life at sea falls heavily on the shoulders of those who operate within the marine safety mission. This mission does this by striving to prevent maritime incidents through regulation and inspections of commercial vessels and by conducting thorough investigations when accidents do occur.


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40 years of safe navigation in America’s waterways

Written by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bradshaw. A dense fog bank formed several hundred yards west of the Golden Gate Bridge. The tank ship Arizona Standard was inbound en route to Richmond, Calif., and the tank ship Oregon Standard, […]


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 […]


Alaska Ranger: Lessons from Coast Guard’s most challenging rescue

Deadliest Sea author Kalee Thompson provides her thoughts on the recently released report of the Marine Board of Investigation into the sinking of the Alaska Ranger. All opinions expressed by Ms. Thompson are her own and posting her perspective in no way reflects the opinion of the United States Coast Guard.


Admiral Allen to testify on National Ocean Policy

For well over two centuries, the Coast Guard has worked to safeguard our Nation and its citizens, to secure our maritime borders, and to serve as a responsible steward of our oceans, our coasts, and the Great Lakes. – Admiral […]


itCG – Potomac River review, fisherman medevaced, 5 rescued from storm, new small boat, policy hearing online

The Coast Guard has concluded an internal investigation into a training exercise conducted by Station Washington, D.C. on the Potomac River that ended up drawing media attention on September 11, 2009. Click here to read the Coast Guard’s internal review […]


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