Coast Guard participates in Bay Area’s annual Fleet Week tradition

SAN FRANCISCO – U.S. Coast Guard men and women throughout the Bay Area are scheduled to participate in San Francisco Fleet Week events taking place Oct. 6 through 11. The many festivities in this annual event offer numerous opportunities for participants and visitors to learn about the various Coast Guard missions and to tour the Coast Guard Cutters Bertholf and Alert. These two Coast Guard cutters...

Second interdiction of Western Caribbean drug sub by Coast Guard

MIAMI — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk, a medium-endurance cutter homeported in Key West, Fla., interdicted a drug smuggling, self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel, commonly referred to as a drug sub, in the western Caribbean Sea Sept. 17. Used regularly to transport illegal narcotics in the Eastern Pacific, this interdiction is only the second Coast Guard interdiction of an SPSS...

Coast Guard and Panama City to conduct area maritime security exercise

MOBILE, Ala. — Members from Coast Guard Sector Mobile and the Panama City Area Maritime Security Committee will conduct an exercise that will focus on maritime transportation security awareness and terrorism prevention. During the tabletop exercise, participants will conduct global, regional and local terrorism threat scenarios that could potentially impact the port community. “Safety and security...

Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America’s Tall ship to visit Baltimore

BALTIMORE – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, “America’s Tall Ship,” is scheduled to visit Baltimore Inner Harbor’s west wall Friday at noon, marking the conclusion of the Fall Training Cruise. During the training cruise, 63 officer candidates and 22 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps officers-in-training aboard the Eagle trained in five functional areas of shipboard...

Coast Guard Cutter Bear to return home to Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the 270-foot Coast Guard Cutter Bear, homeported here, is scheduled to return at 10 a.m., Thursday, following a 58-day deployment and a successful drug-bust in the Caribbean. While deployed and operating with a multi-national force for a joint training exercise, the crew of the Bear was diverted to interdict and seize a speed boat carrying 4,355 pounds of cocaine. The...

Coast Guard opens Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers

ST. LOUIS — The Coast Guard, in partnership with the Omaha District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the states of Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, and Missouri reopened the entirety of the Missouri and Big Sioux Rivers to all vessel traffic on Monday. Although the river is now open to all vessel traffic, waterway users are cautioned that dangerous water conditions may exist in many areas....

Capital Terminal Oil spill efforts shift to long-term remediation

BOSTON — Officials with the inter-agency task force in charge of the Capital Terminal Oil spill last month announced that initial emergency response efforts have concluded, and efforts have shifted to a second phase, a long-term remediation plan to eliminate or minimize long-term impacts to the environment. On Aug. 31, 2011, Cardi Corporation, who was hired by the state to construct a new road in...

The Coast Guard & Air Force partnership: A tradition of training for more than 44 years

by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn ASTORIA, Ore. — The success of United States Coast Guard missions depends largely on the experience and expertise of our members. Sometimes, Coast Guard missions and missions of other U.S. armed services overlap, providing the opportunity to share our knowledge and capabilities. The United States Air Force has called upon the experience and expertise of...

Coast Guard closes several Oregon river bar entrances

ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Columbia River, in Astoria, Ore., issued closures for the Siuslaw, Umpqua and Rogue River, Ore., bar entrances due to hazardous conditions at approximately 1 p.m., Tuesday. The bar closures apply to all vessels and any request to transit the bars prior to reopening must be approved by the COTP, Sector Columbia River. Mariners may contact...