From the Bridge Wing 10-13-2013

Bridge Wing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the
United States Navy

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1775 – The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on 13 October 1775 by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in North America. The legislation also established a Naval Committee to supervise the work. All together, the Continental Navy numbered some fifty ships over the course of the war, with approximately twenty warships active at its maximum strength. After the American War for Independence, Congress sold the surviving ships of the Continental Navy and released the seamen and officers. The Constitution of the United States, ratified in 1789, empowered Congress “to provide and maintain a navy.” Acting on this authority, Congress ordered the construction and manning of six frigates in 1794, and the War Department administered naval affairs from that year until Congress established the Department of the Navy on 30 April 1798. In 1972, however, Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt authorized recognition of 13 October 1775 as the Navy’s official birthday. There is no official motto for the U.S. Navy. However “Non sibi sed patriae” (Not Self But Country) is often cited as the Navy’s unofficial motto.

1988 – The first U.S. merchant marine World War II veterans received their Coast Guard-issued discharge certificates. Congress gave the merchant mariners veterans’ status and tasked the Coast Guard with administering the discharges.

1995 – The Coast Guard Cutter Ida Lewis was launched, the first of the new 175-foot Keeper class buoy tenders.

Blogs

Tango 188 Recruit Journal: Final Entry – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

SUNDAYS TEND TO FEEL LIKE LONG DAYS COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE WEEK. OUR SCHEDULES SEEM TO PASS MUCH QUICKER DURING THE WEEK SINCE OUR SCHEDULES ARE PACKED. WE HAD OUR USUAL DIVINE HOURS, A LONGER OFF BASE RUN AND PRACTICED FOR OUR CLOSE ORDER DRILL TEST ON TUESDAY. THE RUN WAS THE LONGEST SO FAR IN BOOT CAMP. A FEW SHIPMATES EXPRESSED CONCERN AS TO WHETHER THEY COULD RUN THE ENTIRE COURSE PRIOR TO LEAVING THE BASE. CHIEF BLACKMAN ADDRESSED THE COMPANY REGARDING THE CONCERN. HE TOLD US THAT FEAR CONSUMES PEOPLE. BASICALLY, IF WE LET FEAR TAKE OVER, WE ARE SETTING OURSELVES UP FOR FAILURE BEFORE WE EVEN START. WE MERGED WITH UNIFORM-188 FOR THE RUN WHICH WAS NEAT. THERE WERE QUITE A FEW FAMILY MEMBERS ALONG THE ROUTE, WHICH MOTIVATED THE RECRUIT COMPANIES.

X-ray 188 Recruit Journal: Week 02 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

NOTHER DAY DOWN, IT WAS OUR FIRST DAY INTO OUR SECOND WEEK AND I HAVE TO SAY IT WAS TOUGHER THAN EXPECTED. ON OUR WAY TO CHOW THIS MORNING WE PRACTICED MORE FACING MOVEMENTS. SOME OF US HAD A HARD TIME WITH “TO THE REAR” WHICH IN PART IS DUE TO RECRUIT BEING OUT OF STEP. THE COMPANY IS STILL BUILDING AS A UNIT. I HAVE FAITH THAT WE WILL SOON GET OUR FACING MOVEMENTS DOWN AND STAY IN STEP WITH THE COMPANY COMMANDERS CAEDENCE.

Yankee 188 Recruit Journal: Weeks 01 & 02 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

As the bus drove past the gates, past the sign “Welcome to Cape May,” everyone got quiet. All of the kidding around, the laughing, the quizzing of required knowledge came to a stop. Then came a sudden rush of emotions and the intense feeling of anxiety when the bus backed into place and we all locked eyes on a group of Company Commanders. Before we received another moment to think, all of our worlds were turned upside down. From getting off the bus as fast as possible to getting into our racks for the first time, our first few hours at Training Center Cape May were filled with confusion, excitement and homesickness.

Video

SAN DIEGO – An aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego approaches a submarine to medevac an injured Navy sailor 160 miles west of San Diego, Oct. 11, 2013. The 22-year-old man was transported to San Diego and transferred to emergency medical personnel for further care. U.S. Coast Guard video by Sector San Diego.

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