Coast Guard

The Coast Guard enforces federal laws on the high seas and waters within U.S. territorial jurisdiction, develops and operates aids to navigation and maintains a network of lifeboat and search-and-rescue stations using surface vessels and aircraft.

Drug traffickers slowly shift to submersible vessels

Drug traffickers are challenging the U.S. Coast Guard and Latin American countries in a new way, bankrolling machine shops operating under cover of South American jungles to build diesel-powered submarines that would be the envy of all but a few nations. After years of detecting these craft in the less-trafficked Pacific Ocean, officials have seen…more

Russell Crowe saved by Coast Guard while kayaking

Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe was rescued by the Coast Guard after becoming lost on his kayak in Huntington Bay. The 48-year-old actor was kayaking with a friend and launched from Cold Spring Harbor Saturday afternoon on New York’s Long Island Sound, Coast Guard Petty Officer Robert Swieciki told the Associated Press. As it got dark,…more

Coast Guard schedules GPS testing

The Coast Guard said a series of tests to the Global Positioning System will be conducted at various times between Sunday and Sept. 9 that could cause GPS service to be unreliable or unavailable. The testing is scheduled as follows: • Aug. 19 to Sept. 9 from 3 to 8 p.m. and midnight to 4…more

Somali pirate gets 12 life sentences in hijackings

A federal court judge in Norfolk, Va., ordered a Somali pirate on Monday to serve a dozen life sentences in prison for his role in the hijacking of a German merchant vessel and a U.S. cruising sailboat, saying the hostage negotiator was lucky he wasn’t facing the death penalty. Mohammad Saaili Shibin is considered by…more

Coast Guard teams with college on diversity project

The Coast Guard and Fayetteville State University are launching a student research partnership as part of a diversity initiative. Designated Atlantic-area Coast Guard members will work with Fayetteville State faculty to identify research topics for participating students, according to the Coast Guard. They will provide interviews to students with respect to policies, rules and regulations…more

Operation Dry Water starts this weekend

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators is holding Operation Dry Water this weekend as part of a nationwide push to end boating under the influence. The association, a nationwide partnership of local boating officials, law enforcement and the Coast Guard, is asking boaters to pledge to stop boating while intoxicated. Recreational boating fatalities…more

Alaskan safety instructor honored by trade group

Joe McCullough, education coordinator with the Alaska Office of Boating Safety, was named the Western States Boating Administrators Association’s boating safety educator of the year this week at the group’s 51st annual conference. The award is sponsored by Kalkomey Enterprises Inc., parent company of Boat Ed. In addition to teaching students about boating safety, McCullough…more

Coast Guard Foundation receives Huggies donation

The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education, welfare and morale of Coast Guard members and their families, announced Tuesday that it received a donation of 250,000 diapers from Huggies. From Memorial Day until Independence Day, Huggies’ Camo for a Cause program — in partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network and…more

Coast Guard leads two rescues off Bermuda

The Coast Guard had a busy weekend with two offshore rescues. On Saturday, the command center coordinated a rescue about 650 miles northeast of Bermuda. Two people on a sailboat initially reported having a loose keel and later said they had to abandon ship because of flooding. The Coast Guard got word from the Joint…more

Napolitano addresses Coast Guard graduates

The first class of Internet natives graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. That’s according to Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, who said the class that graduated this week was unique for being “the first to grow up in the Internet age.” Napolitano gave the commencement address Wednesday at the 131st commencement ceremony. It…more

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