Commandant, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard testify before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation

Commandant, Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard testify before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell testify on the Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.WASHINGTON — U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell testified Wednesday on the Coast Guard’s...

Coast Guard medevacs tanker crewmember off Galveston coast

Coast Guard medevacs tanker crewmember off Galveston coast
HOUSTON — A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a 46-year-old crewmember off a tanker in the Galveston Fairway Anchorage Thursday morning. The captain of the 604-foot chemical tanker Zambezi Star contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders via VHF channel 16 at approximately 11:30 a.m., stating that a crewmember fell off a ladder and began showing heart attack symptoms. The Coast...

US Coast Guard, Australian leaders sign collaborative agreement

US Coast Guard, Australian leaders sign collaborative agreement
WASHINGTON — Senior leaders from the U.S. Coast Guard and the Australian Federal Police signed a Memorandum of Understanding Friday at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters to highlight common missions, interests, capabilities, and opportunities for collaboration. The memorandum seeks to benefit the U.S. – Australia partnership by strengthening maritime cooperation, promoting personnel development,...

Coast Guard recovers surfer’s body off Steps Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico

Coast Guard recovers surfer's body off Steps Beach in Rincon, Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The crew of a Coast Guard rescue helicopter recovered the body of a surfer just off Steps Beach Tuesday afternoon in Rincon, Puerto Rico. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan received a 911 call at 2:16 p.m. Tuesday reporting a missing 28-year-old male surfer in the area of Steps Beach wearing grey trunks. A MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen...

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star frees vessel from Antarctic ice, tows it to open water

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star frees vessel from Antarctic ice, tows it to open water
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star freed the fishing vessel Antarctic Chieftain Friday night that was beset in ice approximately 900 miles northwest of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. After meeting with the 207-foot fishing vessel, the crew of Polar Star took the Antarctic Chieftain in a stern tow. The vessels are surrounded by 12 to 15 feet thick ice covered with...

Air Force orders two HC-130J surveillance aircraft for Coast Guard

Air Force orders two HC-130J surveillance aircraft for Coast Guard
Washington, DC = Using funds that had been transferred from the Coast Guard, the Air Force awarded a contract to Lockheed Martin Corp. for production of two HC-130J Super Hercules aircraft Dec. 31, 2014. The 10th and 11th HC-130Js in the Coast Guard’s fleet are expected to be delivered in 2016 and 2017, respectively. The U.S. Air Force placed an order for two HC-130J Super Hercules aircraft, increasing...

South Jersey Coast Guard units receive hazmat training

South Jersey Coast Guard units receive hazmat training
CAPE MAY, N.J. — Coast Guard crewmembers received domestic egress training Wednesday at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. Instructors from Joint Emergency Training Associates, a civilian company specializing in training of emergency services personnel, conducted a two-day training exercise to ensure proficiency in combating chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense training. Coast...

Coast Guard remembers Blackthorn tragedy

Coast Guard remembers Blackthorn tragedy
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guardmen from the surrounding area, along with families of crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn and numerous other guests attended the 35th annual Blackthorn memorial ceremony near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg, Florida, Wednesday. The Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn near the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on Jan. 28, 1980....

Coast Guard Cutter Sherman sets sail for new homeport in Hawaii

Coast Guard Cutter Sherman sets sail for new homeport in Hawaii
SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard Cutter Sherman departed its homeport of San Diego on Friday, for its new homeport of Honolulu. Sherman and crew will transfer to Honolulu and take the Coast Guard Cutter Rush’s duties, as Rush is scheduled to be decommissioned in February after 46 years of dedicated service to the Coast Guard and country. During the past year Capt. Kevin A. Jones, the current commanding...