Coast Guard breaks ice with Operation Coal Shovel

Coast Guard breaks ice with Operation Coal Shovel
Crew members aboard Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay, work to free the anchor chain of ice buildup  during training on Lake Erie, Jan. 13, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman James Becker) DETROIT —U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard icebreaking crews kicked off Operation Coal Shovel Friday in the waters of the southern Great Lakes. Operation Coal Shovel encompasses domestic ice-breaking operations in...

Coast Guard responds to bridge allision near Vicksburg

Coast Guard responds to bridge allision near Vicksburg
NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard is responding to a barge allision at mile marker 435.8 on the Mississippi River near Vicksburg, Mississippi, Wednesday. Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received a call at 10:19 a.m., stating the towing vessel Wally Roller allided with the Vicksburg Railroad Bridge. All six barges were reported to have broken free and have now been safely...

Air Force Order Includes One C-130J Surveillance Aircraft For Coast Guard

Air Force Order Includes One C-130J Surveillance Aircraft For Coast Guard
Using funds transferred from the Coast Guard, the Air Force awarded a contract Dec. 30, 2015, to Lockheed Martin Corp. for production of one C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, with a ceiling price on the aircraft of $62.6 million. The 12th C-130J destined for the Coast Guard is contracted for delivery in 2019. The Coast Guard aircraft was part of a $1 billion Air Force contract award that included acquisition...

Coast Guard issues Western Rivers high water closures, restrictions update

Coast Guard issues Western Rivers high water closures, restrictions update
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest. The following Coast Guard sectors have issued closures or restrictions: Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River: Upper Mississippi River closed between mile markers 184 and 179 near St. Louis, Missouri. Illinois River closed between mile markers 0 to 50 from Hardin,...

Coast Guard rescues 2 adults, 1 child near Matagorda Island

Coast Guard rescues 2 adults, 1 child near Matagorda Island
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard aircrew rescued two adults and one minor from an oil platform in Mesquite Bay Saturday evening. At approximately 10 p.m., Coast Guard Station Port Aransas watchstanders received a call from a man stating he and two others swam to a platform after their boat capsized around 6 p.m. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders launched an MH-65 Dolphin rescue...

Coast Guard announces Captain of the Port closures for all of Pacific Northwest entrances

Coast Guard announces Captain of the Port closures for all of Pacific Northwest entrances
The Columbia River runs brown from silt and runoff after days of heavy rainfall in Astoria, Ore., Dec. 11, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg) SEATTLE — The Coast Guard’s two Captains of the Port have closed all maritime entrances in the Pacific Northwest, Friday, due to severe  sea conditions and large amounts of debris in the water. In Oregon, the...

Coast Guard Christens National Security Cutter Munro

Coast Guard Christens National Security Cutter Munro
The U.S. Coast Guard’s sixth National Security Cutter, the Douglas Munro, is prepared for a christening ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss., Nov. 14, 2015. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley) Washington – The Coast Guard christened its sixth national security cutter, Munro, at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Mississippi, Nov. 14. The cutter was named after Petty...

Coast Guard, MNRP search for man, 64, near Oxford, Md.

Coast Guard, MNRP search for man, 64, near Oxford, Md.
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard and Maryland Natural Resources Police are searching for a 64-year-old man Tuesday in the Choptank River near Oxford. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders received a report Monday at approximately 8:30 p.m. from MNRP personnel of a boat washing up on shore. A Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat – Small launched from Coast Guard Station Oxford...

Coast Guard leaders from Arctic Nations sign historic joint statement

Coast Guard leaders from Arctic Nations sign historic joint statement
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft joins leaders representing all eight coast guard agencies of the Arctic nations to sign a Joint Statement officially establishing the Arctic Coast Guard Forum at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., Oct. 30, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley) NEW LONDON, CT – A joint statement, officially establishing the Arctic...