From the Bridge Wing 11-7-2013

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Today in Coast Guard History

1950 – The Coast Guard announced that it would open a limited number of Organized Reserve enlistments to male veterans of other services and to males without previous military service in an effort to bring Coast Guard port security training units up to authorized strength without delay. Previously, such enlistments had been offered only to former Coast Guardsmen.

1984 – The tank ship Mara Hope suffered a fire in her engine room that quickly got out of control. She had lain idle at the Coastal Marine Shipyard on the Neches River for more than a year but the owners of the Liberian tank ship had crewed the vessel and were working to reactivate the ship when the fire broke out. Coast Guard personnel and a 32-footer from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office Port Arthur soon arrived on-scene as did a 41-footer from Coast Guard Station Sabine. Local firefighters also assisted. It took almost three days to get the blaze under control. The ship was declared a total loss. There were no serious casualties.

Blogs

Securing the shared northern border – Coast Guard Compass blog

U.S. and Canadian law enforcement officers move as one unit aboard a Coast Guard vessel as they move alongside a fishing vessel with three people aboard. “We are conducting a boarding to ensure your compliance with all applicable federal laws,” states the Coast Guard officer. The team boards the ship, where the Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers explain to the crew why they are aboard: to check all paperwork, safety of the vessel and all associated equipment. – See more at: http://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2013/11/securing-the-shared-northern-border/#sthash.Yd1gFWfN.dpuf

Recruit Journal Zulu 188: Week 04 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Since Week 01 we’ve been hearing this quote over and over. “It’s not going to become easier, you’re just going to get used to it.”

This is finally starting to make sense to our company.

Moving at Internet speed, the highly evolving cyber mission -Coast Guard All Hands blog

America faces a rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks. Cyber actors are actively targeting our power grid, financial institutions, transportation systems and other portions of the nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources. A successful attack on any of these critical nodes could pose a threat to national security and our national economy. The mission of CGCYBER is to ensure a safe, secure and resilient cyber operating environment that allows for the execution of Coast Guard and marine operations.

Video

1,700 miles in 3 minutes
Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock travels from the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore to its homeport of Port Huron, Mich. in this time lapse video spanning Oct. 11 to 26. Coast Guard Hollyhock spent more than three months in dry dock undergoing necessary maintenance to prepare it for a busy winter season on the Great Lakes.

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