From the Bridge Wing 10-4-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1918 – There was an explosion at the T.A. Gillespie Company munitions yard in Morgan, New Jersey. Coast Guardsmen from Perth Amboy responded. When fire threatened a trainload of TNT, these men repaired the track and moved the train to safety, thus preventing further disaster. Two Coast Guardsmen were killed in this effort.

1956 – Two U.S. Air Force F-89 aircraft crashed in rugged mountain terrain about four miles from Mount Olympus, Washington. For seven days, the Coast Guard directed a highly coordinated search for the lost plane and crews. Finally, aircraft and helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles, Washington, assisted by aircraft and ground search elements from other services, located and evacuated the two crew members on 5 October. Another walked out on his own to Hoods Canal on 6 October and was picked up by the Coast Guard in Brinnon, Washington after phoning in his location. He then assisted the Coast Guard in locating the crash site. A fourth crewman went down with his aircraft and was killed.

1980 – A fire broke out on the Dutch cruise ship Prinsendam off Ketchikan, Alaska. Coast Guard helicopters and the cutters Boutwell, Mellon, and Woodrush responded in concert with other vessels in the area and rescued all of the passengers and crew without loss of life.

1995 – Hurricane Opal swept through the Gulf of Mexico and made landfall in Destin, Florida. Coast Guard units provided relief efforts, surveyed damage, and restored aids to navigation. The Coast Guard Cutter Kodiak Island contacted the Coast Guard Cutter Courgeous and requested assistance. The Kodiak Island was battling 10 to 12-foot waves 100 miles west of Gasparilla, Florida, and experiencing flooding and a loss of steering control due to a hydraulic fluid leak. A HC-130 from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater flew to the scene to provide assistance and the Courageous went to escort the Kodiak Island to Group St. Petersburg.

Blogs

Forward to UNITAS – Coast Guard Compass blog

Naval vessels from 15 different nations navigated Colombian waters as they participate in UNITAS 2013, an operation that brought nations together to strengthen international partnerships. UNITAS, Latin for “unity,” is an annual multinational naval exercise designed to enhance security cooperation between North and South American maritime forces. 2013 marks the 54th year of the event, making UNITAS the longest ongoing maritime exercise held in the region.

Coast Guard Cutter Forward, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va., represented the United States alongside their shipmates from the USS Rentz.

Rocky Mountain rescuers – Coast Guard Heartland blog

There is no greater spirit than that of a volunteer. No one exemplifies this better than the Coast Guard Auxiliarists of Division 1, 8th Western Rivers District.

September brought unprecedented rainfall and flooding to Colorado. At least eight people have been killed, an estimated 2,000 homes damaged or destroyed, hundreds of miles of roads washed out and flood damage across nearly 2,000 square miles of the state.

With no active duty elements nearby, Auxiliarists in the area decided to step up and lend a helping hand.

 

Elsewhere

Coast Guard staff visits Georgian ports – Trend News

The staff of the U.S. Coast Guard is on a visit to the Georgian city of Batumi, the Coast Guard Department of the Georgian Border Police told Trend on Thursday.

Coast Guard orders 15 more Response Boats-Small – Government Security News

The U.S. Coast Guard has placed a delivery order with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats, of Jeanerette, LA, for 15 Response Boats-Small II.

‘Game on’ at Coast Guard Academy – WTNH-TV

NEW LONDON, Conn. (WTNH) — More than half of the civilian staff at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy has been furloughed, but normal operations are far from sunk. Construction workers may still be on campus, but 142 of the 244 civilians who work for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy have been sent home. No one to cut lawns, take care of building maintenance or administrative work.

Some of the civilians who are still on the job work in IT, trash removal, and security, so the Bears will still take the field this weekend.

 

Video

A Coast Guard crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Facility Charleston rescued two mariners Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the vicinity of Murelles Inlet, S.C. The two mariners had grounded their skiff but reported they did not require medical attention.
U.S. Coast Guard video.

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