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.

Maritime security conference set for Tuesday

Gulf of Aden Group Transits Limited, a private company that provides professional armed security teams to commercial vessels, is organizing the first maritime security briefing in Hamburg, Germany. The July 9 briefing, to be held at the Internationales Maritimes Museum Hamburg, will bring together a BBC journalist who has Somalian and East African experience and senior military…more

Groups issue reminder on electrocution hazards

The electrocution of a man at a Kentucky lake last weekend, along with two electrocutions that killed four children on the Fourth of July last year, has officials urging swimmers and boaters to use caution where electricity is present around water. Kevin Short, 34, died Sunday when he was electrocuted at a private dock on…more

Coast Guard faces cuts in 2014 budget

The Coast Guard has started a portfolio review of its capabilities, compared to its missions, in light of a shrinking budget, the agency’s vice commandant told a congressional review panel. “We will continue to instill a culture of efficiency so that every dollar is used to its best advantage,” Vice Adm. John Currier told the…more

Coast Guard award ceremony

Coast Guard honors Bounty rescue crew

The Coast Guard honored 25 crewmembers Wednesday at Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., for their efforts during the tall ship Bounty rescue. Rear Adm. Steven Ratti presented the Distinguished Flying Cross to Petty Officer 2nd Class Randy Haba and Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Todd, rescue swimmers at the air station who rescued 14 of…more

Coast Guard museum group sets fundraising goal

The National Coast Guard Museum Association is hoping to raise $1 million by Labor Day with support from a new group of special donors called the Barque Eagle Society. Through minimum donations of $1,000, $5,000 or a three-year commitment of $15,000, members of the group will receive a limited-edition painting of the U.S. Coast Guard…more

Coast Guard rescues boater in Lake Erie

Safety precautions and smart thinking might have saved an Ohio fisherman’s life when his boat capsized this weekend during a storm on Lake Erie, stranding the man in the chilly water for 14 hours. The fisherman, who launched out of Bolles Harbor in Monroe Township, Mich., on Saturday, was found sitting on top of his…more

Coast Guard takes delivery of 45-foot response boat

The crew of Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina recently accepted the delivery of a 45-foot response boat. The boat is the 126th of about 170 boats being delivered to the Coast Guard during a period of eight to 10 years. Half of them are being built in Kent, Wash., by Marinette Marine…more

Columnist details what makes a good marine inspector

A superior Coast Guard marine inspector must be extremely knowledgeable, professional, thorough in his duties and consistent on all levels. That’s the opinion of Kevin Gilheany, a marine consultant and owner of Maritime Compliance International in New Orleans, who has written an opinion column for WorkBoat magazine. “The majority say that good inspectors apply ‘common…more

Coast Guard Foundation hands out scholarships

The Coast Guard Foundation announced the recipients of its 2013 and 2014 college scholarship program, which supports the higher education goals of enlisted Coast Guard members’ children. More than $445,000 will be awarded to 64 children of Coast Guard members attending college this fall, the foundation said. “We are pleased to announce that we had…more

Coast Guard hero of Guadalcanal dies

Retired Coast Guard Cmdr. Ray Evans, 92, was laid to rest Wednesday with full military honors in Lakewood, Wash. Evans was the final Coast Guard survivor of a rescue of a group of Marines pinned down by machine gun fire during the Guadalcanal Campaign in September 1942, where he earned the Navy Cross. Among those…more

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