From the Bridge Wing 11-21-2013

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Today in Coast Guard History

1970 – Two 378-foot cutters, Coast Guard Cutter Sherman and Coast Guard Cutter Rush combined with the USS Endurance to sink a North Vietnamese trawler attempting to smuggle arms into South Vietnam.

1995 – Coast Guard Cutter Decisive located and began tracking a 75-foot freighter packed with Haitian migrants 30 miles off the northwest coast of Haiti on 19 November. The cutter followed the freighter for two days as it maneuvered in and out of Cuban territorial seas, refusing to allow a boarding party aboard. Finally, at noon, 21 November, with Coast Guard Cutter Northland having joined the chase, the captain of the freighter allowed a boarding team to come aboard where they discovered 516 migrants. Using small boats from both cutters, the migrants were brought aboard Northland and were repatriated.

Blogs

BM2 Victoria Taylor: The Coast Guard’s newest surfman – Coast Guard Compass

Petty Officer 2nd Class Victoria Taylor, a boatswain’s mate from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay, was recently designated a Coast Guard surfman, the highest qualification a coxswain can achieve in the Coast Guard.

Life Boat Station Ludington, Mich., completes first rescue, overcoming odds – Coast Guard Great Lakes

One characteristic of a life-saving crew is to never give up.

A second is to always try to overcome all odds.

This is exactly what the first crew of Life Boat Station Ludington, Mich., did for their first rescue, Nov. 20, 1879.

Elsewhere

US court: Coast Guard boater rescues not required – WNCN

A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a North Carolina widow’s lawsuit blaming the Coast Guard for failing to save her husband’s life, saying the agency does not have a legal obligation to launch life-saving rescues.

Coast Guard, Purdue to host conference this week on disasters, rivers, climate change, safety and risk – Purdue News

U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials will meet with other experts during an annual conference Wednesday and Thursday (Nov. 20-21) at Purdue University to discuss a wide range of issues related to maritime safety, risk, the arctic, climate change, natural disasters, inland waterways and interagency cooperation as part of the VACCINE center.

Coast Guard breaks ground for new Menemsha boathouse – The Martha’s Vineyard Times

The officers and crew of U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Station Menemsha celebrated the beginning of construction Tuesday afternoon for a new boathouse to replace one destroyed by fire on July 12, 2010.

Plans call for construction of a 5,000-square-foot single-bay boathouse boat maintenance and crew support spaces, as well as a new boat ramp. The exterior is expected to be completed next June.

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