Sector North Carolina, Station Fort Macon and Cutter Smilax crews change commands

Sector North Carolina, Station Fort Macon and Cutter Smilax crews change commands
Coast Guard Cutter Smilax, moored at its homeport of Coast Guard Station Fort Macon. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin. Wilmington, N.C. — The crews of Coast Guard Sector North Carolina, Coast Guard Station Fort Macon and the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax all changed commands during ceremonies in Atlantic Beach Friday. Capt. Jerry Barnes passed leadership of Sector North Carolina...

Cannons from pirate ship recovered in Beaufort Inlet, NC

Cannons from pirate ship recovered in Beaufort Inlet, NC
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax worked with personnel from the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources to recover five cannons and multiple barrel hoops from the Queen Anne’s Revenge in Beaufort Inlet, N.C., Monday. The Queen Anne’s Revenge was the ship of the pirate Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, for more than a year before the ship ran...

Coast Guard Cutter Smilax crowned Queen of the Fleet

Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Patrick KelleyFORT MACON, N.C. – The Coast Guard Cutter Smilax was officially named the Queen of the Fleet during a ceremony held here Thursday. Commissioned Nov. 1, 1944, the title was bestowed upon the Smilax for being the oldest cutter in use by the service. “Throughout the service we change the watch,” said Adm. Robert J. Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard....

Coast Guard Cutter Smilax Becomes Queen of the Fleet

Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Patrick Kelley Washington, DC – Last night Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and Gold Ancient Mariner sent the following all hands message to the members of the Coast Guard.   Today, at a ceremony in Atlantic Beach, NC, The Cutter Smilax relieved the watch as queen of the fleet.  Commissioned on 01 NOV 1944, Smilax is now the oldest...

Coast Guard’s Queen of the Fleet shifts, Acushnet being decommissioned

Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet USCG File PhotoJUNEAU, Alaska – The 67-year-old Cutter Acushnet, the Coast Guard’s “Queen of the Fleet”, will be decommissioned during a ceremony at Base Support Unit Ketchikan Friday at 2 p.m. The Acushnet served as a medium-endurance cutter in the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean. Primary missions included search and...