From the Bridge Wing 9-16-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1918 – On this date in World War I, while on escort-of-convoy duty, Coast Guard Cutter Seneca’s crew attempted to bring the torpedoed British collier Wellington into Brest, France.  Eleven of Seneca‘s crew, sent as a boarding party aboard the collier, were lost when Wellington foundered.

1939 – The longest continually-operating Coast Guard Auxiliary unit, Flotilla 63, was first chartered in Onset, Massachusetts.

1988 – Hurricane Gilbert made landfall in Mexico on this date in 1988.  Coast Guard units assisted in rescue and evacuation operations from 18-20 September.  During those SAR operations Coast Guard aircrews lifted 109 victims from flood waters to safety.

Elsewhere

2013 Patriot Regatta – U.S. Coast Guard wins second annual regatta  – SailWorld.com

The U.S. Coast Guard’s Team 2 won the second annual Patriots Regatta Sunday against 10 other teams from our country’s Armed Forces in this event hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club as a tribute to the men and women of our military.

Coast Guard strike team responding to molasses spill – Honolulu Star Advertiser

An elite Coast Guard team that responds to oil and hazardous-material spills has been dispatched to Hawaii to offer its expertise in the response and cleanup of the 233,000-gallon molasses spill reported a week ago in Honolulu Harbor, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz announced today.

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