From the Bridge Wing 9-19-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1968 – M/V Johannes Frans, a 634-foot Dutch tanker with a cargo of oil, reported that it was disabled in 10 to 15-foot seas and was taking on water 250 miles northeast of Bermuda. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, which was in the immediate area, received the same report from the subject via flashing light and immediately went to her assistance. The pump provided by Dallas, however, failed to work properly. A Coast Guard aircraft provided four additional pumps by the evening of Sept 19;Dallas reported that the flooding had been stabilized. Three civilian tugs were enroute, with the first due on the 21st. Weather conditions improved enough on the 21st for the master and crew to remain aboard and continue pumping. The tug Foundation Vigilant arrived on scene on the morning of the 21st and took the vessel in tow. The tug Tasman Zee arrived shortly thereafter and provided three pumps. The three ships proceeded to Bermuda.  Dallas then proceeded to Ocean Station Echo.

Blogs

Administrative absence to obtain a legal marriage – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Over the past several months, Coast Guard All Hands has been keeping you informed on changes to military benefits based on the June 26, 2013, U.S. Supreme Court ruling that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, prohibiting extension of Federal benefits to same-sex spouses of civilian employees of Federal agencies, was unconstitutional. This week, the Coast Guard announced service members may now request an administrative absence to obtain a legal marriage. The message from Rear Adm. Steven E. Day, director of Reserve and Military Personnel, announces policy and procedures for granting administrative absence in order to obtain a legal marriage.

Admiral Papp visits international partners Down Under – Coast Guard Compass blog

The Commandant met with leadership from the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority and the Royal Australian Navy. Together, these organizations share similar authorities and responsibilities as the U.S. Coast Guard.

Adm. Papp toured the new Australian Customs and Border Protection Service patrol boat Cape St. George, visited Rescue Coordination Center Australia and received detailed briefings from the Royal Australian Navy and Australian Border Protection Command, a multi-agency task force that directs coordinated maritime governance operations.

No bystanders – Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit – Coast Guard All Hands blog

Day two of the Coast Guard’s first Sexual Assault Prevention and Response began with the same intensity as day one. The 153 participants turned their attention to the day’s agenda that included training on bystander intervention, a question and answer session with the Coast Guard’s vice commandant and breakout group discussions.

Elsewhere

US. Coast Guard: The first line of defense for coastal communities – San Diego Community Newspaper Group<

A permanent fixture along North Harbor Drive since 1937, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector San Diego territory extends 200 nautical miles offshore and includes lakes running through Arizona and southern parts of Utah and Nevada. Five hundred active duty, reserve and civilian personnel serve with 600 auxiliary volunteers, providing around-the-clock coverage for the protection and preservation of San Diego’s coastline.

Video

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche begins their first patrol in Alaska August 2013 as part of Operation Arctic Shield. The Waesche is the second of eight planned national security cutters and the crew has served throughout the West Coast and Pacific Ocean. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Mooers.

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