From the Bridge Wing 10-9-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1852 – The Lighthouse Board, which administered the lighthouse system until 1 July 1910, was organized. “This Board was composed of two officers of the Navy, two officers of the Engineer Corps, and two civilians of high scientific attainments whose services were at the disposal of the President, and an officer of the Navy and of the, Engineers as secretaries. It was empowered under the Secretary of the Treasury to “discharge all the administrative duties” relative to lighthouses and other aids to navigation. The Secretary of the Treasury was president of the Board, and it was authorized to elect a chairman and to divide the coast of the United States into twelve lighthouse districts, to each of which the President was to assign an army or navy officer as lighthouse inspector.”

1858– The Secretary of the Treasury appointed a three-man board of U.S. Revenue Marine officers to consider a lifeboat design best adapted for life-saving work.

1945 – Coast Guard manned patrol vessel USS PC-590 grounded and sank in typhoon off Okinawa. All hands were rescued.

1982 – The first rescue using COSPAS/SARSAT occurred on this date when the trimaran Gonzo capsized 300 miles east of Cape Cod. Gonzo’s ELT distress transmission was picked up by the Soviet COSPAS satellite and the sailing ship’s coordinates were transmitted to the U.S. A Coast Guard HC-130 and a Canadian Air Force aircraft were directed to the scene and USCGC Vigorous safely rescued the three crewmen. The new “space-age” satellite search-and-rescue system was a joint U.S., Canadian, French and Soviet project that at this time utilized a single Soviet satellite.

1993 – Crews from seven 8th District units and several civilian vessels joined forces in response to an explosion and fire aboard the 660-foot bulk-liquid carrier OMI Charger near the Houston Ship Channel. She had no fuel aboard when the explosion occurred the night of 9 October. CGC Point Spencer served as the command platform and personnel and boats from ATON Team Galveston joined the response effort, which included fire-fighting, SAR, and pollution response assistance. The fire was extinguished five hours after the initial explosion. Two of the tanker’s crewmen were killed in the blast. Personnel from the Gulf Strike Team arrive on scene on 10 October and determined that the vessel’s fuel was still all aboard. It was removed prior to the vessel being towed to port where it was declared a total loss. A joint Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board met to investigate the explosion.

Elsewhere

Ingalls Shipbuilding begins building 6th national security cutter for U.S. Coast Guard – Gulf Live

Ingalls Shipbuilding announced Tuesday that it has started constructing Munro (WMSL 755), the company’s sixth Legend-class national security cutter for the U.S. Coast Guard.

Coast Guard Foundation honors Coast Guard heroes in NYC – StamfordPlus

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that at its 2013 Salute to the U.S. Coast Guard it will award Petty Officer 2nd Class Abram A. Heller, a rescue swimmer, for an individual heroic action, and the crew of the cutter MOHAWK for unit excellence. Scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2013 in New York City, the event honors the bravery and heroism of U.S. Coast Guard members across the country. The Coast Guard Foundation will also pay tribute to Joseph Pyne of Kirby Corporation for his strong support of the Foundation, and its programs and projects that benefit the Coast Guard and its service members. Al Roker will serve as the evening’s master of ceremonies.

Video

A Season of Lifesaving
The last MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed to Cordova, Alaska, for the summer season returned to its home base of Kodiak closing out a season of lifesaving.  Throughout the deployment, which started May 1, 2013, aircrews out of forward operating location Cordova flew on 26 cases, saved 11 and assisted 18.
U.S. Coast Guard video.

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