Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay to undergo repairs before return to ice-breaking operations

Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay to undergo repairs before return to ice-breaking operations
DULUTH, Minn. — The Coast Guard Cutter Morro Bay, a 140-foot ice-breaking tug homeported in Cleveland but currently moored in Duluth, is scheduled to undergo an in-water repair Sunday and Monday. The Morro Bay suffered a rudder casualty while conducting ice-breaking operations in Thunder Bay, Ontario, March 27, and was towed to Duluth by the Coast Guard Cutters Alder and Katmai Bay. Divers and Coast...

Coast Guard warning residents of upcoming ice-breaking activities in ports of Duluth/Superior

Coast Guard warning residents of upcoming ice-breaking activities in ports of Duluth/Superior
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. — The Coast Guard is alerting residents of ice-breaking activities in the ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., beginning Tuesday in preparation for the 2014 shipping season. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Duluth, will commence ice-breaking operations in Duluth Harbor and out into Lake Superior. The area in which...

Court-martialed Coast Guardsman sentenced to 10 years confinement, bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of pay, reduction in rate

Court-martialed Coast Guardsman sentenced to 10 years confinement, bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of pay, reduction in rate
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guardsman convicted Monday afternoon of sexual assault and other charges was sentenced that evening during a general court-martial in Norfolk, Va. Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew A. Rogers was sentenced to 10 years confinement in a military brig, a bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a reduction to paygrade E-1, the military’s lowest enlisted...

Great Lakes-based Coast Guardsman found guilty of sexual assault, other charges

Great Lakes-based Coast Guardsman found guilty of sexual assault, other charges
CLEVELAND — A Coast Guardsman accused of sexual assault and other charges was found guilty Monday during a general court-martial in Norfolk, Va. Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew A. Rogers was convicted of Article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for committing a sexual assault against a civilian woman at a hotel in Portsmouth, Va., Aug. 15, 2012. In addition to the sexual assault charge,...

Coast Guard to conduct full-scale joint response exercise in Port of Duluth-Superior

Coast Guard to conduct full-scale joint response exercise in Port of Duluth-Superior
DULUTH, Minn. – The Coast Guard, along with other federal, tribal, state and local agencies, will conduct a full-scale, anti-terrorism and oil spill response exercise in the Port of Duluth-Superior Aug. 28-29. In addition to Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Duluth, participants in Operation Peeking Duck will include maritime industry representatives from the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin, oil...

Coast Guard Cutter Alder prepares for ice season by removing aids to navigation in Great Lakes

Coast Guard Cutter Alder prepares for ice season by removing aids to navigation in Great Lakes
DULUTH, Minn. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alder, a 225-foot Seagoing Buoy Tender homeported in Duluth, commenced removing and replacing aids to navigation last week as part of the annual Operation Fall Retrieve. Operation Fall Retrieve includes the removal or replacement of vulnerable lighted buoys with unlighted buoys better suited for ice. Moving ice, a distinguishing characteristic in...

Coast Guard to hold change-of-command ceremony for Cutter Alder

Coast Guard to hold change-of-command ceremony for Cutter Alder
DULUTH, Minn. — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder is scheduled to hold a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Station Duluth, Friday at 10 a.m. Cmdr. Mary Ellen J. Durley will transfer the duties and responsibilities of commanding officer to Lt. Cmdr. Anthony J. Maffia during the ceremony, in which Rear Adm. Michael Parks, commander of the 9th Coast Guard District will serve as presiding officer. “It...

Coast Guard concludes ice-breaking season in western Great Lakes

CLEVELAND — The 9th Coast Guard District concluded Operation Taconite, its ice-breaking operation in the western Great Lakes, Friday, officially bringing the 2011-12 icebreaking season to a close. Under control of Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Operation Taconite is carried out in Lake Superior, the St. Mary’s River, the Straits of Mackinac, and northern Lake Huron. Operation Taconite...

Duluth-based Coast Guard Cutter Alder assumes role of Chicago’s “Christmas Ship”

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder, acting as the “Christmas Ship,” departed Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., this morning and is scheduled to arrive at Chicago’s Navy Pier at 8:30 a.m. Friday for an annual event to distribute Christmas trees to deserving families on Saturday. In conjunction with seasonal buoy retrieval operations in Lake Michigan, the crew of Alder will support the...