From the Bridge Wing 10-18-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1799 – United States Revenue Cutter Pickering (70 men) captured the French privateer L’Egypte Conquiste (250 men) on this date during the Quasi-War with France.

1848 – Captain Douglas Ottinger, USRM, was designated by the Secretary of the Treasury to supervise the construction of the first Life-Saving stations and the equipment and boats to be placed at them.

Blogs

Coast Guardsman spears world record in Kodiak – Coast Guard Alaska blog

On the morning of the Aug. 24, Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Joca, the engineering and maintenance branch chief at Coast Guard Base Kodiak, and his friend set out to enjoy a day full of recreational spear-fishing. Joca, a relative newcomer to Kodiak, Alaska, expected to bring home fish that day, but what he did not expect was to also bring home a world record.

Iron sonata – Coast Guard Heartland blog

A metallic symphony fills the warehouse district as something or someone is killing a floor. Furious subsonic beats jingle and jangle on steel bars, which create a ferrous sonata accompanied by the soft chaos of a steady sweat storm. Newton’s Law conducts bodies in motion to the beep of a metronome. Rhythmic taut snare drum gasps accompany deep kettle drum breaths begging for a rest.

The performers’ lungs bellow, “AAAAAGHHH,” in intermittent wheezes as they huff, puff and push through the movements of the iron and neoprene orchestra. They resist the desire to stop moving as tears of weakness flood the rubber mat.

Panic under pressure – my first SAR case – Coast Guard Pacific Southwest blog

I was new to Station Bodega Bay and still breaking in as a boat crewman, so everything was a new experience to me. And now, the hair on the back of my neck stood at attention – the SAR alarm was sounding for a vessel in distress!

Coast Guard Fire and Rescue observes fire prevention week – Coast Guard Alaska blog

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the 1871 Great Chicago Fire that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on Oct. 8, 1971, but did most of its damage on Oct. 9.

n Kodiak, Alaska, members of Coast Guard Base Kodiak’s Fire and Rescue extend Fire Prevention Week to Fire Prevention Month, partially due to the remoteness of the island and the importance of educating people living in remote areas to be as safe as possible while handling potentially flammable materials.

Winterization 101 – Coast Guard Compass blog

Sadly, summer is over and freezing temperatures are right around the corner. Freezing temperatures for boat owners means time for winterization! Even if you are in a region that is more temperate, winterizing your boat is important and fall is the perfect time to take the proper steps.

Elsewhere

United States Coast Guard Recital Series performance – The Dolphin

NEW LONDON – The United States Coast Guard Band Recital Series kicks off its new season with a free performance, Oct. 27 at 2 p.m., in Leamy Concert Hall at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

The program features members of the U.S. Coast Guard Band performing music written for solo and chamber ensemble.

Northrop Grumman to Supply Polar Ice Breaker Navigation Support for U.S. Coast Guard – PR Newswire

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been awarded a service contract for navigation systems and software to support the polar ice breakers for the U.S. Coast Guard.

The $5 million, five-year contract covers support for two Coast Guard vessels, the Polar Star and the Healy. These polar ice breakers are used to clear pathways for supply ships and support research missions. Northrop Grumman has provided comparable support for the Coast Guard’s polar ice breakers since 1999.

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