From the Bridge Wing 8-29-2013

Bridge Wing

This Day in Coast Guard History:

1820 – The Revenue Cutter Louisiana captured four pirate vessels.

1916 – The Secretary of the Treasury was authorized to procure three light craft river steamboats, including lifeboats and other necessary lifesaving appliances and equipment for rescuing lives and property and distributing food and clothing to marooned people during Mississippi and Ohio River floods.  The vessels acquired were the 182-foot stern-wheel propelled river steamers Coast Guard Cutter Kankakee and Coast Guard Cutter Yocona.

1916 – Congress authorized the Treasury Department to establish ten Coast Guard air stations but appropriated only $7,000 for an instructor and assistant.  Appropriation for their construction and for aircraft was not made until 1924.

1916 – A naval appropriations act (39 Stat. L., 556, 602) provided for the first time the mobilization of the Lighthouse Service in time of war by authorizing the President, “…whenever in his judgment a sufficient national emergency exists, to transfer to the service and jurisdiction of the Navy Department, or of the War Department, such vessels, equipment, stations and personnel of the Lighthouse Service as he may deem to the best interest of the country.”

1980 – The Coast Guard and the Royal Navy signed a Personnel Exchange Agreement.  The first exchange between the two services were helicopter pilots.  The pilots were assigned to Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose and Coast Guard Air Station Miami.

2005 – Hurricane Katrina made a second landfall in the U.S., this time near Empire, Buras and Boothville, Louisiana after first previously coming ashore along the coast at Southeast Florida on 25 August.  The rescue and response effort was one of the largest in Coast Guard history, involving units from every district, saving 24,135 lives and conducting 9,409 evacuations.



Adm. Papp continues Arctic outreach – Coast Guard Alaska blog

Despite snowfall in the North Slope of Alaska last week and cooler than average temperatures all summer, Arctic sea ice extent tracked well below average again this year. This ongoing transformation of the Arctic Ocean from a solid expanse of inaccessible ice fields into an emerging maritime frontier is attracting increased human activity in U.S. Arctic waters which demands an effective, capable U.S. Coast Guard presence.

Recruit Journal Romeo 188 Week: 04 – Coast Guard Boot Camp blog

We started off week 04 with our usual FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! However, our day quickly changed and we were filled with excitement over our weapons simulator class. For some of us, learning to shoot a pistol (using a Sig Sauer 40 caliber) was something completely new and for our other shipmates, well they could qualify as a “Sharpshooter” or “Expert” right now. We all thoroughly enjoyed our time at the armory and everyone was raving about how great our instructors were.


Author Mitchell Zuckoff narrates his view of the excavation site staging area on a glacier near Koge Bay, Greenland Aug. 5, 2013. Zuckoff returned to the joint recovery mission in search of Coast Guard World War II J24-F aircraft and aircrew that reportedly crashed at that site in Nov. 29, 1942. Video filmed and narrated by Mitchell Zuckoff.

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