Coast Guard to honor canine hero at retirement ceremony

Alameda,  CA – A retirement ceremony will be held to honor the service of “Hawk”, one of the Coast Guard’s K-9 members. After four years of Coast Guard service with Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco, “Hawk” is being retired due to a spinal defect, which causes him severe pain. The ceremony will be held at Gresham Hall on Coast Guard Island Thursday...

U.S. Liberator limps into Dutch Harbor, Coast Guard monitors repairs

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – For safety purposes, Capt. Mark Hamilton, Captain of the Port for Western Alaska, issued an order requiring the U.S. Liberator, a Seattle-based catcher/processor, to return immediately to port for inspection and repairs following notification of a propulsion casualty. The vessel docked safely in Dutch Harbor Sunday. Coast Guard personnel are conducting a damage survey and...

Coast Guard provides clarification on requirements for reporting marine casualties

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – In response to the recent failure of three commercial vessels to report significant marine casualties to the Coast Guard in a timely manner Coast Guard Sector Anchorage is providing clarification on reporting requirements through public release and a marine safety bulletin. In a rash of recent events two fishing vessels and a landing craft (miscellaneous cargo vessel) sustained...

Coast Guard, state officials announce new emergency data microwave network

HONOLULU– With a press briefing and traditional maile lei ceremony at the Hawaii State Capitol Sept. 30, 2008, U.S. Coast Guard and Hawaii state officials will officially launch “Anuenue,” a new inter-island digital microwave network. The network will support the day-to-day and emergency data transport needs of federal and state government agencies and improves emergency communications...

Coast Guard, Maine officials complete overflight to assess Hurricane Kyle’s impact

PORTLAND, Maine – Coast Guard and Maine officials completed an over flight today of the Maine coast from Rockland to Eastport to assess the impact of Hurricane Kyle. Captain Jim McPherson, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, and Robert McAleer, the director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency, conducted the post-storm assessment aboard an HU-25 Falcon Jet from Coast...

Diligence returns from Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Diligence will return to its homeport of Wilmington, Sept. 30, after patrolling in the Windward Pass in support of Coast Guard Alien Migration Interdiction Operations. The Diligence departed Wilmington Aug. 10 for a 52-day patrol in the Windward Passage. The Diligence crew started this patrol by embarking 43 Haitian migrants attempting to gain illegal...

Coast Guard rescues one, continues searching for second person

BOSTON -Coast Guard crews are searching for a person in the water around Black Point in Narragansett, R.I., tonight. Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England in Woods Hole, Mass., received a call from a 911 dispatcher around 6 p.m., reporting two people in the water needing assistance. A 41-foot boat crew from Station Castle Hill, a 47-foot boat crew from Station Point Judith and a Jayhawk helicopter...

Northern New England Coast Guard prepares for Hurricane Kyle

PORTLAND, ME – Coast Guard units in Maine and New Hampshire are further preparing for Hurricane Kyle, which is forecasted to intensify and strengthen tomorrow and batter the region with high winds, heavy rain and damaging seas. Coast Guard shore units have boat crews on alert, and are broadcasting storm warnings to mariners via VHF FM radio and aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod,...

Coast Guard Cutter Aspen Presents Antique Anchor to Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum

EUREKA, Calif. – The commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen presented an antique anchor to the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum here today during the 2008 Humboldt Bay Maritime Expo. The Aspen recovered the stream anchor, considered a maritime artifact by the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum, in March of 2008 during buoy tending operations in the Humboldt Bay Entrance Channel. The 1,100-pound...