Legacy of Light: Last-of-a-kind lighthouse shines over Chesapeake Bay

Legacy of Light: Last-of-a-kind lighthouse shines over Chesapeake Bay
Thomas Point Lighthouse, the last active screw-pile lighthouse, sits on its original foundation on the Chesapeake Bay, May 20, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Walter T. Ham IV) ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Thomas Point Shoal Light is the last screw-pile lighthouse on its original foundation in the United States and the last lighthouse that Coast Guardsmen served in on the Chesapeake Bay. Until 1986, U.S....

Coast Guard discusses developing role in Arctic

Coast Guard discusses developing role in Arctic
U.S. Coast Guard Vice Adm. Linda Fagan delivers a keynote speech April 26, 2019, at the Arctic Encounter Symposium in Seattle. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Senior Chief Petty Officer NyxoLyno Cangemi SEATTLE – The Pacific Area commander for the U.S. Coast Guard discussed the military branch’s new Arctic Strategic Outlook, Polar Security Cutters and innovation efforts to improve maritime domain...

Coast Guard releases new Arctic Strategic Outlook

Coast Guard releases new Arctic Strategic Outlook
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard, today released its newest strategy to address its expanding role in the Polar Regions. As the Arctic region continues to open, and strategic competition drives more actors to look to the Arctic for economic and geopolitical advantages, the demand for Coast Guard leadership and presence will continue to grow. As the Nation’s primary maritime presence in the Polar...

Coast Guard employs drone to inspect new ATON structures

Coast Guard employs drone to inspect new ATON structures
Civil Engineering Unit Providence captures an aerial image during a new ATON inspection of the Duck Island fixed channel marker near New Haven, Connecticut. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Kieron McCarthy. NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – U.S. Coast Guard Civil Engineering Unit Providence, Rhode Island, piloted a short range Unmanned Aerial System to inspect the construction of new Aids to Navigation structures. In...

Vigilance on the high seas

Vigilance on the high seas
Crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) prepare to conduct a law enforcement boarding from the cutter’s 35-foot Cutter Boat in the Central Pacific.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West) Oceania represents a geographic region many people are unfamiliar with, comprising Australasia, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. Spanning the eastern and western...

Legacy of Light: Oldest west coast light marks ‘The Rock’

Legacy of Light: Oldest west coast light marks ‘The Rock’
Petty Officer 1st Class John Sherwood, Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey Cote, and Fireman Harley Satara from Aids to Navigation Team San Francisco stand beside Alcatraz Lighthouse. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Marcelino Ortiz. Story by Walter Ham The Alcatraz Lighthouse not only guides mariners through the San Francisco Bay but also welcomes tourists to the island that used to house...

Eyes in the sky: one air station’s Herculean efforts to stop drug smugglers

Eyes in the sky: one air station’s Herculean efforts to stop drug smugglers
A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, conducts pre-flight checks before departing the air station, Jan. 8, 2019.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki) Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki It was completely dark in the middle of the Caribbean Sea on the evening of October 3, 2018. Dense bands of cloud...

Coast Guard busts illegal “twerking” charter boat in Florida

Coast Guard busts illegal "twerking" charter boat in Florida
var _informq = _informq || []; _informq.push(['embed']); So much for hunting for booty on the high seas. The US Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a 45-foot “twerk boat” in South Florida waters on Sunday, putting an end to the fun for fourteen passengers after a routine boarding of the charter vessel revealed several safety violations. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1461251439213-0');...

The shipwreck that changed the Coast Guard forever

The shipwreck that changed the Coast Guard forever
The Marine Electric, a 605-foot cargo ship, as seen underway before its capsizing and sinking on Feb. 12, 1983.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo) by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki When the clock tolled 12 a.m. on Feb. 12, 1983, the 605-foot cargo ship Marine Electric trekked northward 30 miles off Virginia’s Eastern Shore, plowing slowly through the gale-force winds and waves stirred up by...