Coast Guard law enforcement team, USS Oak Hill seize two ton cocaine shipment

MIAMI – The U.S. Coast Guard announced on Thursday the seizure of more than two tons of cocaine from a vessel in the Gulf of Mexico in early December. A Coast Guard deployable specialized forces team operating from the USS Oak Hill (LSD 51) discovered more than two tons of cocaine during counter narcotics operations in the Gulf of Mexico, Dec. 2.“This has been a great experience for us, being able...

Search suspended for mariner missing on voyage from Kauai to Oahu

HONOLULU – The search for a mariner missing on a voyage between Kauai and Oahu was suspended at 7:50 p.m. Wednesday pending any further developments. The Coast Guard’s search area covered more than 209,000 square miles over a 54-hour period. Aircrews piloting an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-130 Hercules aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and two U.S. Navy P-3 Orion airplane...

Coast Guard interdicts 12 Cuban migrants, repatriates 11

MIAMI – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Key Biscayne repatriated 11 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabañas, Cuba, Thursday. Crewmembers from the cruise ship Navigator of the Seas located a rustic vessel in danger of sinking with 12 Cuban migrants aboard south of Key West, Fla., Sunday. The 12 Cuban migrants were brought aboard the cruise ship and further transferred to the Coast Guard Cutter...

Coast Guard intelligence, 1st decade in national intelligence community, 221 years of experience

Washington – December marked the 10th anniversary of the Coast Guard’s formal entry into the national intelligence community, although many had long perceived the Coast Guard as a de facto member. The Coast Guard began its long involvement with the work of intelligence in 1790. Tariffs imposed on goods imported to the United States, in order to raise revenue, caused lawless merchants to unload...

Coast Guard to enforce safety zone in Valdez

VALDEZ, Alaska — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Valdez personnel are scheduled to enforce a temporary 200-yard safety zone around the Valdez Spit from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. The safety zone, which includes the mouth of the Valdez Small Boat Harbor, will be established to ensure safety during the public viewing of this year’s City of Valdez fireworks display, as well as the safety of mariners...

Search continues for missing mariner off Hawaii

HONOLULU – The Coast Guard and Navy continue to search for a recreational boater aboard a 36-foot sailboat who departed Kauai Dec. 17 and was expected to arrive on Oahu Dec. 18. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu personnel were notified at 3:15 p.m. Saturday that 66 year-old Ira Foreman was missing. Foreman’s wife made the notification and explained that her husband departed Port Allen, Kauai late in...

Coast Guard seeks comments for the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is requesting to hear from mariners, maritime industries, commercial fisherman, recreational boaters and other port and waterway users that operate off the Atlantic Coast. In an effort to ensure everyone affected is represented in the process, the Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register a notice of study and reopening of comments entitled “Port...

Coast Guard ends search for cruise ship Celebrity Summit crewmember off the coast of Puerto Rico

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – The Coast Guard suspended a search, pending further developments, for a missing Celebrity Summit cruise ship crewmember Monday night off the northeastern coast of Puerto Rico. Missing is a 30-year-old woman, Filipino national, who worked as a bartender aboard the cruise ship and reportedly was last seen jumping overboard Sunday morning, approximately six and a half nautical...

Coast Guardsmen get holiday call from President Obama

WASHINGTON – Two deployed U.S. Coast Guardsmen received a holiday phone call from President Barack Obama Sunday. Petty Officer 1st Class Gilbert Zepeda and Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek W. Weatherly, both currently deployed with Maritime Safety and Security Team San Diego (91109), answered the President’s calls at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. “It was an honor,” Weatherly said. “A person...