Coast Guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity avaliable for public tours

NEW ORLEANS – In conjunction with the Coast Guard’s 2007 Innovation Expo, the Coast Guard Cutter Barbara Mabrity is scheduled to be open for public tours, at the Spanish Plaza Dock here, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m., until 4 p.m. The Barbara Mabrity is a 175-foot buoy tender, homeported in Mobile, Ala. The crew’s responsibilities include servicing and repairing aids to navigations...

Coast Guard to Discontinue Aids to Navigation in Quinby Inlet, VA

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard will discontinue the aids to navigation that mark Quinby Inlet, which is located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia due to shoaling that has encroached into the inlet and reduced water depths to less than three feet. Following Hurricane Isabel in 2002, the dynamics of Quinby Inlet changed greatly. At that time, many of the buoys were relocated to the North to...

Coast Guard Begins Operation Fall Retrieve

CLEVELAND – The Ninth Coast Guard District has begun its annual retrieval of The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway System seasonal aids to navigation, which includes lighted and unlighted buoys and beacons. Operation Fall Retrieve, the largest domestic buoy recovery operation in the U.S. Coast Guard, commenced Oct. 14, 2007, with a goal of retrieving 1,289 navigational aids, and should be completed...

Aids To Navigation To Be Discontinued in Spring Garden Creek

BALTIMORE – Due to shoaling problems in Spring Garden Creek, located in Frederick County, Md., the Coast Guard is preparing to discontinue two navigational aids. The aids for Spring Garden Creek were established to assist tugs and barges unloading at the Baltimore Gas & Electric Facility. BG&E closed in 1993, which downgraded the waterway to a non-critical status due to no other commercial...

North Carolina crew gives recruits glimpse of buoy tender life

CAPE MAY, N.J. – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Elm is scheduled to take two recruit companies underway Thursday from Training Center Cape May to observe buoy operations at 12:30 p.m. The commanding officer of the cutter Elm, Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Powell, is the recruit company mentor for companies X-ray 177 and Yankee 177 and shares his mentoring responsibilities with his crew. “We have...

Coast Guard Crew Works to Keep South-Central Louisiana Navigable for Mariners

BY PA3 TOM ATKESON New Orleans- It’s a dirty, difficult job keeping the various channels and waterways easy and safely navigable for mariners and recreational boaters in south-central Louisiana. That job is spear-headed by the hard working crew of Aids to Navigation Team, Dulac La. who take pride in the long hours, hard work and dedication it takes to finish the mission. Long hours are not unusual...

Coast Guard members climb to new heights

GALVESTON, Texas – How tall is 150 feet? Its 15 basketball hoops stacked on top of each other. It’s the height of the world’s most active geyser in Yellowstone National Park. It’s the height of the Taj Mahal’s tallest dome. Simply put, it’s really high. If you had to climb a 150-foot tower, would you do it? At Coast Guard Sector Field Office Galveston there is...

First Coast News: At Sea on a Coast Guard Buoy Tender

Good article about the Cutter Maria Bray from First Coast News:  Do My Job: At Sea on a Coast Guard Buoy Tender here’s a snippet: These Coast Guard sailors don’t leap from helicopters. They don’t typically pluck stranded swimmers from the sea. But their teamwork keeps our economy afloat.They maintain the traffic signals and road signs of the sea — more than 300 markers scattered...

Navigation aid replaced near Quillayute River

LA PUSH, Wash. – A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria lowers a new aid to navigation structure to the south jetty near the mouth of the Quillayute River. The 20-foot tall structure replaced a previous seasonal buoy and is designed to tolerate rough seas and waterborne debris. The light helps mariners safely navigate near the sometimes treacherous river bar. Official...