Coast Guard FORCECOM to hold change of command

Rear Admiral Stephen E. MehlingALAMEDA, Calif. – A change of command ceremony is scheduled for the Commander of Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) at Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, Friday, April 1, at 10 a.m. During the Change of Command Ceremony, Rear Adm. Stephen E. Mehling, previously the Director of Operations at Coast Guard Atlantic Area, in Portsmouth, Va., will assume the responsibilities...

Coast Guard Cutter Resolute crew to return home after 50-day patrol

The Coast Guard Cutter Resolute passes by a Haitian sailboat off the coast of Haiti. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Resolute.ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute is scheduled to return home Thursday at 10 a.m., after a successful 50-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During the patrol, the Resolute’s crew patrolled the waters off Haiti’s...

Davy Crockett Unified Command to begin cofferdam construction Friday

The barge, Davy Crocket, sits aground on the bank of the Columbia River near Camas, Wash. Photo by the Washington State Department of Ecology PORTLAND, Ore. — The Unified Command for operations to remove the barge Davy Crockett from the Columbia River will begin construction of a cofferdam around the vessel Friday. Contractors working on the response are mobilizing equipment and materials to...

30 Years Later Petty Officer Lonnie Jones Continues to “Be The Light”

The family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Lonnie Jones at his memorial service at Station Destin (left to right): son, Lonnie Jr.; daughter, Latesha Passmore; wife, Jacqueline Jones; daughter, Michelle Jones and mother, Pearline White. It was 30-years-ago today,  the morning of March 30, 1981, and Jacqueline Jones could just feel that something just wasn’t quite right. “I just felt like something...

Kauai resident, female World War II veteran, recounts service

Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Angela HendersonHONOLULU – Coast Guard Capt. Joanna Nunan, the Captain of the Port, Honolulu, hosted a panel discussion with World War II veteran Lt. j.g. Genni Anderson at Base Support Unit Honolulu, Tuesday. The gathering provided a unique opportunity to hear firsthand the experiences of women serving in the Coast Guard during World War II. The SPARs were...

Coast Guard, partner agencies save one, assist 11 others in Florida Keys

USCG file photoKEY WEST, Fla. – The Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Tow Boat U.S. and other partner agencies in the Florida Keys responded to seven separate cases Monday night when high winds and seas beset the area. Between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m., Coast Guard personnel responded to, among others, a mayday call from a vessel...

U.S. Coast Guard holds trial for boat crewmember

SAN DIEGO – A summary court-martial was held March 29, 2011, for U. S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Ian M. Howell at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Howell faced a charge of a violation of Uniform Code of Military Justice, Article 92, dereliction of duty, in connection with his duties aboard a patrol boat that was involved in a collision with a civilian vessel in San Diego Bay on Dec. 20,...

Coast Guard rescues, repatriates 58 Haitian migrants

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer repatriated 58 Haitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti, Tuesday. The crew of the Spencer located a 30-foot sailing vessel approximately 30 miles east of Punta Maisi, Cuba, Saturday. Once on scene, the crew discovered that while only a few people were visible on deck, dozens more were crammed below decks. googletag.cmd.push(function()...

Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba to participate in naval exercise in Brazil

USCG File PhotoBOSTON — The Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba departed Boston, March 27, 2011, to take part in the world’s oldest multi-lateral maritime exercise. The Escanaba deployed to Brazil for the annual UNITAS naval exercise along with several other U.S. Navy Ships and navy ships of many other allied navies. The UNITAS deployment is a primary means of supporting regional stability in the Western...