The Birth of the Modern Coast Guard and the Loss of the Cutter Blackthorn

The Birth of the Modern Coast Guard and the Loss of the Cutter Blackthorn
January 28th is a historic and tragic day in the history of the United States Coast Guard. On January 28, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the “Act to Create the Coast Guard,” an act passed by Congress on January 20, 1915 that combined the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service to form the Coast Guard (38 Stat. L., 800). The Coast Guard, however, still considers the...

Coast Guard names two new Coast Guard Cities in Alaska, Washington

Coast Guard names two new Coast Guard Cities in Alaska, Washington
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard has designated the cities of Cordova, Alaska, and Westport, Washington, as Coast Guard Cities through 2024. A “Coast Guard City” designation highlights an enduring relationship a community has with its local Coast Guard facility and personnel. The Coast Guard values these connections and is proud to highlight the efforts these communities make to support the...

Coast Guard announces names for its Sentinel Class of Fast Response Cutters

Coast Guard announces names for its Sentinel Class of Fast Response Cutters
Cutter Bernard C. Webber (WPC-1101) was the first of the United States Coast Guard’s Fast Response Cutters. File photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley. WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard has announced the names for its Sentinel Class of Fast Response Cutters, each vessel being named for a deceased leader, trailblazer or hero of the Coast Guard and its predecessor services of the U.S....

Coast Guard schedules commissioning ceremony for Cutter Lawrence Lawson

Coast Guard schedules commissioning ceremony for Cutter Lawrence Lawson
PHILADELPHIA – The Coast Guard will hold a commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence Lawson, the second 154-foot Fast Response Cutter to be homeported in Cape May, New Jersey, at 10 a.m., March 18, 2017. The commissioning of a ship is an age-old tradition where the vessel is assigned to active service and the crew ceremoniously reports aboard to accept their positions that will be...

Crew of cargo ship Joseph L. Block presented with Coast Guard lifesaving award

Crew of cargo ship Joseph L. Block presented with Coast Guard lifesaving award
The crew of the cargo ship Joseph L. Block was awarded the Coast Guard Capt. David P. Dobbins Award in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., March 12, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Sector Lake Michigan) MILWAUKEE — The Coast Guard presented the crew of the cargo ship Joseph L. Block with a lifesaving award in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, Saturday. Capt. Amy Cocanour, the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan commander,...

Coast Guard conducts change of command at Station Yaquina Bay, Ore.

 Coast Guard conducts change of command at Station Yaquina Bay, Ore.
NEWPORT, Ore. — Chief Warrant Officer Ryan O’Meara relieved Lt. Robert Ornelas as commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay in Newport during a ceremony held at the station, Thursday. O’Meara is reporting aboard from the 14th Coast Guard District office in Honolulu, where he served as the operations training officer. Ornelas is departing for Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington,...

Houston Museum to unveil special exhibit dedicated to Coast Guard’s Pea Island Lifesaving Station

Houston Museum to unveil special exhibit dedicated to Coast Guard’s Pea Island Lifesaving Station
HOUSTON — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City in collaboration with the National Naval Officer Association Greater Houston Chapter have coordinated a special exhibit dedicated to the Pea Island Lifesaving Station, to be displayed at the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and the exhibit unveiling scheduled for Friday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. As the first all-African American crew to serve within...

‘Old Man James’ named winner of 2013 Coast Guard Cadence Contest

'Old Man James' named winner of 2013 Coast Guard Cadence Contest
CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard announced the service’s Top Cadence of 2013 during a ceremony aboard Coast Guard Training Center Cape May Thursday at 8 a.m. Petty Officer 1st Class Rick Bauz’s cadence “Old Man James” was selected by fans of the service on Facebook and YouTube as the Coast Guard’s Top Cadence winning the competition by more than 300 votes. Fans were asked to pick their...

A new cutter with a legacy to fill

A new cutter with a legacy to fill
Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert On a warm December day, in Manteo, N.C., on Roanoke Island, the men and women of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge stepped onto historic grounds. The Coast Guard men and women are greeted with smiles from a welcoming small crowd, many who represent families who have lived on the island since colonial times. googletag.cmd.push(function()...