Coast Guard suspends search for El Faro crew after 7-day search

Coast Guard suspends search for El Faro crew after 7-day search
MIAMI — The Coast Guard suspended the search for possible survivors from the cargo ship El Faro, which is believed to have sunk during Hurricane Joaquin,  at sunset Wednesday, Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, Air National Guard and tugboat crews searched more than 183,000 square nautical miles off the Bahamian coast in a joint effort to locate the El Faro crew. “I have come to a very difficult...

U.S., Canada announce record drug seizure rates

U.S., Canada announce record drug seizure rates
A Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell crewman guards more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine during an offload at Naval Base San Diego, April 16, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell)SAN DIEGO – Officials from the U.S. and Canada welcomed back a U.S. Coast Guard cutter with more than 28,000 pounds of cocaine Thursday as allied forces set record drug seizure rates in the Eastern...

U.S. and Canada team up for five and a half ton cocaine seizure

U.S. and Canada team up for five and a half ton cocaine seizure
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell crewmembers maneuver the ship’s interceptor boat while patrolling in the Eastern Pacific . ALAMEDA, Calif. ­­­­— The largest maritime cocaine seizure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean since 2009 was seized by the U.S. Coast Guard along with the U.S. Navy, Royal Canadian Navy, and a Joint Interagency Task Force in early March. More than five and half tons of contraband...

San Francisco Fleet Week 2014 kicks off

San Francisco Fleet Week 2014 kicks off
SAN FRANCISCO — Fleet Week kicks off in the Bay Area with the Parade of Ships arrival to the Port of San Francisco and other events open to the public this Thursday through next Monday. With the Bay Area’s largest military presence with more than 4,000 men and women based in San Francisco, Coast Guard personnel and assets will participate and provide maritime security for the Fleet Week...

Navy and Coast Guard rescue two from burning boat

Navy and Coast Guard rescue two from burning boat
SAN DIEGO — U.S. Navy and Coast Guard crews, as well as other boaters in the area, worked together to rescue two people from a burning boat approximately 17 miles west of Point Loma, Tuesday afternoon. At approximately 11:15 a.m., the Coast Guard received a report that the 45-foot recreational boat Happy II, had a fire on board. The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast to alert...

Coast Guard lends expertise to Navy Coastal Riverine Force at RIMPAC

Coast Guard lends expertise to Navy Coastal Riverine Force at RIMPAC
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – Members of the U.S. Coast Guard, assigned to the Navy’s Coastal Riverine Force (CRF) are participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 Exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands. The Coast Guard and Navy have a long history of cooperation within the CRF community. The joint structure of these units provides the Navy with operators who are...

DHS ReCoM partners, Mexican Navy thwart smuggling attempt at sea

DHS ReCoM partners, Mexican Navy thwart smuggling attempt at sea
SAN DIEGO — The U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, Customs and Border Protection and the Mexican Navy worked together to interdict approximately 4,600 pounds of marijuana and apprehend three suspected smugglers in international waters about 150 miles southwest of the U.S.-Mexico border, Sunday. During a routine flight, a U.S. Navy P-3 Orion observed a suspicious 35-foot panga with three people aboard....

Coast Guard rescues 2 Navy pilots after aircraft crash

Coast Guard rescues 2 Navy pilots after aircraft crash
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard rescued two Navy pilots Thursday morning after their T-34C Turbo Mentor aircraft crashed approximately 2 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Naval Air Station Corpus Christi called Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders requesting assistance after their aircraft crashed at approximately 10:20 a.m. The Coast Guard immediately launched crews aboard...

Overdue skiff located adrift: one missing, one rescued

Overdue skiff located adrift: one missing, one rescued
SANTA RITA, Guam — An overdue skiff reported missing since March 13 with two people aboard was located off the island of Satawal Monday 347 miles west of their departure point at Chuuk Atoll. Locals from Satawal spotted a vessel with one person aboard drifting approximately one mile from shore and launched a vessel to assist. They quickly determined the vessel was the missing skiff and immediately...