From the Bridge Wing 8-23-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1820 – The Revenue Cutter Louisiana captured four pirate vessels.

1893 – “This was the first instance in the history of the United States Light-House Establishment in which a light-ship has foundered at her moorings,” reported the Lighthouse Board, when Lightship No. 37 was lost in rough seas at her station at Five Fathom Bank off the entrance to Delaware Bay.  Four of her six crew were lost in the tragedy.

1979 – The keel of the first of the new 270-foot class medium endurance cutters, Coast Guard Cutter Bear, was laid at the Tacoma Boatbuilding Company in Tacoma, Washington.

1993 – Coast Guard Cutter Yocona hosted the Russian icebreaker Aisberg for the first ever joint Russian-U.S. search and rescue exercise.  The exercise was based out of Kodiak and involved three aircraft from Air Station Kodiak, two Russian aircraft, the Aisberg, and the cutters Chase andIronwood.

1994 – A new record for people rescued at sea was set on 23 August 1994 when 3,253 Cubans were saved from dangerously overloaded craft during Operation Able Vigil.

1994 – Tropical Depression 12 was first identified by the National Hurricane Center forming 175 miles southeast of Nassau.  The storm would become Hurricane Katrina.

Blogs

Defending a country, becoming a citizen – Coast Guard Compass blog

As a young boy, he played on the beaches in Cardenas, Cuba. Now he serves in the U.S. Coast Guard, and is proud to call himself an official citizen of the country he loves.

Recruit Journal Romeo 188 Week: 03 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

Romeo had a full day of up/downs. We were able to start the morning off with a run around the base. We then booked it over to the pool where we took a class on how to put on our survival suits if we ever have to abandon ship in the field. We also signed up for our GI Bills (Government Issue Bill) and the evening was topped off with a visit from our Section Commander. He went through all of our racks and asked us required knowledge.

From the Homefront: Finding the Right School – Coast Guard All Hands blog

As a military kid, going to a new school was a pretty scary proposition. But I have learned that as a parent to military kids, new schools can be downright terrifying. Are we sending them to the right place? Will they be happy? Will they be bullied? Will they thrive? As military families, we tend to have particular difficulties in transferring our kids to new school systems.

In the shadows – Coast Guard Compass blog

“Hello all stations, hello all stations,” crackles throughout a dimly lit room at Coast Guard Station New Orleans. The room is about the size of an apartment loft; a gray, semi-circle cavern with screens and speakers hidden behind its walls complement the room.

Elsewhere

Coast Guard teams up with New Castle FD for rescue drill – SeacoastOnline.com

Lines were cast off the rescue boat as the engines fired up, while information about a drowning victim started coming in over the radio.  The coxswain, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Smith, maneuvered the boat out of the slip and into Portsmouth Harbor toward the person in distress along with rescue crews from the New Castle Fire Department.

Video

After 2 days of physical fitness videos, how about some physical work? Here’s video clips of the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb, homeported in San Pedro, Calif., fixing and replacing buoys off the coast of California.

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