Coast Guard buoy tenders, aids to navigation team fix critical ATON discrepancies

Coast Guard buoy tenders, aids to navigation team fix critical ATON discrepancies
The Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, a 175-foot Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., transits en route to the Florida Keys to conduct critical aids to navigation discrepancies and provide support and supplies for Hurricane Irma relief, Sept. 15, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse. ORLANDO, Fla. – Two Coast Guard buoy tenders have...

Coast Guard St. Petersburg Aids to Navigation teams assess, repair the Port of Tampa

Coast Guard St. Petersburg Aids to Navigation teams assess, repair the Port of Tampa
Crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Vise, a construction tender based in St. Petersburg, repairs a navigation aid in the Tampa Bay area Sept. 12, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier/Released) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard crews from St. Petersburg and agency partners assessed and repaired Aids to Navigation Tuesday to reopen the Port of Tampa. Crews from...

Coast Guard honors fallen shipmates from Blackthorn tragedy

Coast Guard honors fallen shipmates from Blackthorn tragedy
A bugler plays taps during the 37th annual Blackthorn memorial service in St. Petersburg, Friday, Jan. 27, 2016.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard honored 23 fallen crew members Friday in St. Petersburg during the 37th anniversary memorial service of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collision. The Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn...

Coast Guard remembers Blackthorn tragedy, honors fallen crewmembers

Coast Guard remembers Blackthorn tragedy, honors fallen crewmembers
A wreath at the 36th annual Blackthorn memorial service in St. Petersburg, Fla. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ashley J. Johnson) ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard honored 23 fallen crewmembers during the 36th anniversary memorial service of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collision, Thursday in St. Petersburg. The Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn sank after colliding with...

Coast Guard buoy deck supervisor: BDS small title, large responsibility

Coast Guard buoy deck supervisor: BDS small title, large responsibility
The 24-year old’s black bun is tightly wound underneath a grimy yellow hard hat. Her meticulous French-tipped nails are hidden by mechanics gloves. She raises her arm and signals the crane operator to raise the chain from the bottom of Florida’s Tampa Bay. For hours, she yells, with conviction, over the howling wind and directs her shipmates to move heavy chain, scrape buoys, hammer shackles,...

Defending a country, becoming a citizen

Defending a country, becoming a citizen
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse, 7th District Public Affairs Detachment Central A tear born from pride forms in the eye of a young man as he finally achieves his lifelong goal.  As a young boy, he played on the beaches in Cardenas, Cuba; as man, he serves the U.S. Coast Guard with only one wish – to become a citizen of the country he loves. His wish came true. Seaman Alayn...

Coast Guard crewmember receives U.S. citizenship in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coast Guard crewmember receives U.S. citizenship in St. Petersburg, Fla.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Seaman Alayn Hernandez, crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., received his U.S. citizenship aboard the Appleby in a small ceremony, Friday. Hernandez took his the Oath of Allegiance during a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in front of the crew of the Appleby, members of Sector St. Petersburg...

Middle school holds Veteran’s Day ceremony, honors Coast Guard in Tampa, Fla.

Middle school holds Veteran's Day ceremony, honors Coast Guard in Tampa, Fla.
TAMPA, Fla. — Faculty and students from Nancy Bartels Middle School, honored crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby during their Veteran’s Day ceremony, Friday. The ceremony was called “A Red White and Blue salute to our Veterans,” and each crewmember of the Appleby received a certificate from the students and faculty in honor of their service. “This is important...

Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby welcomes new commander in St. Petersburg

Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby welcomes new commander in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, homeported here, held a change of command ceremony Friday at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. Chief Warrant Officer Michael Tomasi transferred command of the Joshua Appleby to Chief Warrant Officer Neal Feustel during the ceremony. During Tomasi’s tour aboard the Joshua Appleby, he and his crew serviced hundreds of floating...