Mariner safe and continuing journey after surviving Pacific storm

Mariner safe and continuing journey after surviving Pacific storm
HONOLULU — A mariner aboard a 24-foot sailboat 944 miles from the main Hawaiian Islands is safe and continuing his voyage to San Francisco after surviving a gale-force storm in the Pacific. The Coast Guard suspended the search Thursday for the sailing vessel Pier Pressure after communication was established with the owner, Rimas Meleshyus. At 5:15 p.m., Meleshyus updated his coordinates and sent...

Long-range search underway for distressed mariner in Pacific storm

Long-range search underway for distressed mariner in Pacific storm
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard is coordinating the search for a mariner in distress aboard a 24-foot sailboat approximately 944 miles northeast of the main Hawaiian Islands. At 8:47 a.m., watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center received notification from a concerned friend that the vessel’s owner, Rimas Meleshyus, transmitted a text via satellite stating, “I lost my life raft, in danger...

Sea Cadets visit Coast Guard for day of maritime learning

Sea Cadets visit Coast Guard for day of maritime learning
HONOLULU – Coast Guard Cutter Kukui hosted cadets from a local chapter of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps as part of an outreach program with a focus on maritime military service Saturday. Approximately 25 Sea Cadets, ranging from ages 11 to 17, learned about Coast Guard missions, gained hands-on experience with damage control equipment and firefighting techniques, and visited other Coast Guard units...

Vessel missing since October located adrift and unmanned in the Pacific

Vessel missing since October located adrift and unmanned in the Pacific
HONOLULU – The Coast Guard located and boarded a derelict sailing vessel Friday nearly 1,600 miles west of Oahu that was first reported missing from Honolulu in early October. Greg Stephanoff departed Ala Wai boat harbor on a possible voyage to Hanalei Bay on the island of Kauai Oct. 2, 2013. A concerned friend notified the Coast Guard Oct. 4 of Stephanoff’s departure from the harbor and that...

Japan Coast Guard cadets visit Coast Guard Base Honolulu

Japan Coast Guard cadets visit Coast Guard Base Honolulu
d14 HONOLULU – Forty cadets from the Japan Coast Guard training vessel Kojima visited U.S. Coast Guard Base Honolulu May 17, 2013, as part of an ongoing partnership between the two services. Kojima, a 377-foot training vessel, is homeported at the Japan Coast Guard Academy and serves to educate and train future officers of the Japan Coast Guard. During their time on base, the cadets toured the Coast...

Coast Guard Cutter Kukui crew returns from Pacific Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Kukui crew returns from Pacific Patrol
HONOLULU – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kukui returned from a 46-day law enforcement patrol where they exercised bilateral agreements and enforced fisheries regulations across the Pacific Dec. 7, 2012. The 50-man crew participated in several significant regional operations to further enhance U.S. and international efforts in the protection of the ecologically and economically valuable fish...

Coast Guard Cutter Kukui conducts change of command ceremony

HONOLULU – Coast Guard Cmdr. Bob Little, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Kukui, was relieved by Lt. Cmdr. Steven Ramassini during a ceremony at Coast Guard Base Honolulu Friday. Ramassini was previously the design and development chief at Force Readiness Command’s Performance Technology Center at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown, Va. Ramassini previously served as the executive...

Oil spill response system tested in Honolulu Harbor

HONOLULU – Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Kukui and members of the District Response Advisory Team conducted an exercise in Honolulu Harbor to test the cutter’s Spilled Oil Recovery System, Thursday. The annual exercise is conducted to test both the equipment and the crewmembers response in the event of an oil spill. The goal of the training is to ensure the crew’s efficiency in...

Honolulu-based Coast Guard Cutter Kukui returns home after law enforcement patrol

HONOLULU – The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kukui returned home Friday after completing a 54-day law enforcement patrol across the South Pacific. During the patrol the crew of Kukui participated in significant regional operations to further enhance U.S. and international efforts to protect the ecologically and economically valuable fish stocks of the Pacific. Their mission was to conduct maritime...