Shipmate of the Week – Charles Zerbe

For more than a century, U.S. Coast Guard Yard workers have built, repaired and renovated ships. A major part of this century-long tradition is Charles Zerbe, a 48-year veteran of federal service at the yard. A native of Baltimore, Zerbe began his employment at the yard in 1965 as a shipfitter helper. Due to his leadership abilities and skills he was promoted many times and ultimately reached the level of the highest graded civil service employee at the yard, production manager.

Cutter Mako

Mako’s frozen journey home

When the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Mako left Baltimore en route to their homeport of Cape May, N.J., they knew the transit through the ice-covered C&D Canal would be challenging. However, they didn’t anticipate the normally seven-hour trip would take 30 hours to complete. Along the way, the crew’s bond strengthened when their training kicked in and they relied on each other’s expertise to get home.

When breaking ice can’t wait!

The first few weeks of the New Year have seen frigid temperatures ice over many parts of the country, including vital navigable waterways. As many Americans found themselves bundling up to stay warm, the Coast Guard embraced the cold and worked tirelessly to keep waterways open for commerce. One of the iced-over waterways was the Delaware River, which had ice up to five-feet thick. Coast Guard Cutter Capstan was joined by Coast Guard Cutter Cleat to break the ice in the region and ensure the waterway was safe and navigable.

Shipmate of the Week – Crew of the 6507

During the holiday season, families across the nation come together to celebrate. From singing carols to opening presents, each family commemorates the holidays with their own special traditions. The duty crew at Air Station Atlantic City celebrated one of the finest Coast Guard traditions this Christmas Eve – the tradition of saving lives.

safety check

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Weekend

It may be the weekend but the mission continues! This weekend’s images include the service’s 223rd birthday celebration and a glimpse of our sentinel’s overseas.

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Friday

It’s Friday but a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard continues! Friday’s action includes helicopter training, a visit to Juneau, Alaska, from the Polar Star and the disruption of a maritime smuggling attempt off the coast of California.

Sanding in Cape May, N.J.

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Monday

From July 29 to Aug. 4, 2013, we captured a week in the life of the service to highlight the missions performed by America’s Coast Guard. From the silent reverence of a unit observing morning colors to a daring rescue mission to save an F-16 pilot, you’ll get a glimpse of just how much the Coast Guard does as we feature a day-by-day snapshot.

yard clean up

A Superfund cleanup

More than 10 years ago, the Yard started the rigorous process of remediating the land and last month officially began the administrative process for removal of the Yard from the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List, also known as the Superfund Program, ensuring its acreage would be environmentally healthy and sound for future generations.

The 1943-1944 U.S. Coast Guard "Cutters" hockey team. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Making waves on the ice

With the National Hockey League’s Stanley Cup Playoffs heating up we bring you the story of the World War II-era Coast Guard Cutters, described by hockey historian Stan Fischler as “a team of brawling and boisterous sailors who knew how to win.”

itCG-six rescued, two boat collision, ferry allision

CGC Sea Horse heard and responded to the initial distress call from a 28-foot boat taking on water about 30 miles off the coast of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, yesterday. Sea Horse monitored the situation as the vessel in distress […]

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