From the Bridge Wing 10-15-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1846 – United States Revenue Cutter McLane ran aground while attempting to cross the bar of the River Alvarado during the Mexican War in support of U.S. operations there.

2001 – On October 15, 2001, President George W. Bush announced that a letter sent to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle was laced with anthrax.  This followed a number of other anthrax attacks in Florida and New York.  The EPA requested Coast Guard assistance.  Members of the Atlantic Strike Team deployed to Washington, D.C., while Gulf Strike Team members were deployed to Florida.  Strike team members conducted entries into the affected areas, collected samples, and assisted in the cleanup of those areas.  The AST members in Washington coordinated entries into the U.S. Capitol, Hart Senate Building, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the Government Printing Office, among others.  The GST members took samples and provided decontamination stations at the American Media Inc. headquarters building and post offices in Boca Raton, Florida, the site of the first reported anthrax attack.

Blogs

Panga Pursuit – Coast Guard Compass blog

With an increase in maritime smuggling over the past few years off the coast of California, halting the flow of illegal drugs into the country can seem like a daunting task. Illicit drugs from the U.S.-Mexico border region are being transferred by sea as far north as Santa Barbara County, Calif. However, Coast Guard crews and their partner agencies are undeterred, meeting the challenges of drug interdiction head on.

Elsewhere

US merchant ship seized by Indian Coast Guard, booked under Arms Act – Zee News

India has detained an armed ship operated by a US maritime security company and the 35 people on board for failing to produce papers authorizing it to carry weapons and ammunition in Indian waters, the coast guard said on Sunday.

(Indian) Coast Guard Commandant Anand Kumar said the ship was stopped on Friday and was being held in the port of Tuticorin along with its 10 crew and 25 armed security guards until required documentation is submitted.

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