Return to Panama Canal unlocks memories of Boston-based Coast Guardsman’s youth

Return to Panama Canal unlocks memories of Boston-based Coast Guardsman’s youth
Petty Officer 2nd Class Luis Perez, a crewmember aboard the 270-foot, Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, stands aboard the Spencer Jan. 10, 2017 as the cutter transits the Panama Canal. .U.S. Coast Guard Photo vy  Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham On the 20th anniversary of his childhood departure from Panama, Coast Guard Petty Officer Luis Perez found himself in a familiar but...

Coast Guard Cutter Kukui departs Hawaii for maintenance in Baltimore before heading to Sitka

Coast Guard Cutter Kukui departs Hawaii for maintenance in Baltimore before heading to Sitka
Honolulu – On January 9, exactly 19 years to the day after its commissioning, Coast Guard Cutter Kukui set sail for the last time from Sand Island in Honolulu. The 46 member crew are sailing the cutter to the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore for its regular scheduled midlife maintenance. When Kukui leaves the yards, it will have a new crew and will be voyaging to a new homeport in Sitka, Alaska....

Gleaming guardian of Chesapeake Bay

Gleaming guardian of Chesapeake Bay
by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn Lighthouses are built to endure the often brutal natural environments they are intended to mark, but over time take a beating from the elements. Maintaining these structures has in many instances become a shared responsibility, incorporating planning, funding and effort from various levels of government, private organizations and individuals. At a unique...

Joseph Tezanos’ legend lives on in new Coast Guard cutter

Joseph Tezanos’ legend lives on in new Coast Guard cutter
By Petty Officer 3rd Class Eric D. Woodall It was a quiet Sunday afternoon in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, on May 21, 1944, when an explosion on a Landing Ship Tank that was loading ammunition set off a chain reaction that would continue to burn and cause subsequent explosions into the next day. Most of the crews in port were enjoying some well-earned Hawaii liberty; enjoying a break from the perils and deployments...

Never wing it; cold water kills

Never wing it; cold water kills
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Aaron Baker, an avid duck hunter, looks out over the waterways near Wachapreague, Virginia, Sept. 26, 2016. Baker’s passion for the sport is on par with his passion for doing it safely. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn/Released) Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn The memory of a frigid December morning on the...

OPBAT – Beyond the drugs

OPBAT - Beyond the drugs
Overview of the U.S. Coast Guard base and runway on the island of Great Inagua, Bahamas, Sept. 28, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson At 3:30 a.m., earlier that morning, watch standers at the Operation Bahamas Turks and Caicos (OPBAT) Operation Center, Nassau, received a call from the Great Inagua Police Department,...

USCG ship that served in WWII, famous for it’s portrayal in “The Perfect Storm,” to be sunk

USCG ship that served in WWII, famous for it's portrayal in "The Perfect Storm," to be sunk
75 miles south Nantucket Island, MA (Oct. 30)–The Coast Guard Cutter Tamaroa’s rigid hull inflatable rescue boat is sent to help the sailing vessel Satori. Satori, with three people on board, needed help about 75 miles south of Nantucket Island after being caught in a northeaster-like storm that raked New England on Halloween week. U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO CAPE MAY POINT, N.J. (AP) — A...

Lumber River rescuers

Lumber River rescuers
Petty Officer 1st Class James Prosser and Master Chief Petty Officer Louis Coleman load Coleman’s trailer with donations at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina in Wilmington, Oct. 16, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn/Released) Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn When Petty Officer 1st Class James Prosser and his wife Nicole decided to send...

Behind the Scenes: Coast Guard Search and Rescue

Behind the Scenes: Coast Guard Search and Rescue
The operations specialists on duty listen intently to a radio call in Coast Guard Sector Southeastern’s command center on Aug. 12, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll) By Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll “Mariners in the vicinity of Great Point Nantucket Sound, be on the lookout for three persons in the water…” Coast Guard Petty Officer...