Category Archives: U.S. Coast Guard

Zukunft: Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker RFP to be Released Friday

Zukunft: Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker RFP to be Released Friday

A curious Adelie penguin stands near the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star on McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, Jan. 7, 2016. During their visit to Antarctica for Deep Freeze 2016, the U.S. military’s logistical support to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program, the Polar Star crew encounters a variety of Antarctic marine life, including penguins, whales and seals. U.S. Coast Guard photo

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Coast Guard plans to release its request for proposal for the service’s new heavy icebreaker on Friday, Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft said.

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Panel: Navy and Coast Guard Operating More in a Maritime 'Grey Zone'

Panel: Navy and Coast Guard Operating More in a Maritime ‘Grey Zone’

A US Navy visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team, approached a suspected pirate after the Motor Vessel Nordic Apollo reported being under attack and fired upon by pirates in 2011. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Between war and peace is the grey zone – a legal status where the rules of engagement aren’t always clear for the Navy and Coast Guard forces increasingly operating there, according to top commanders from the services.

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CNO: 2019 Budget Aims for 'Whole' Fleet, Faster Construction of 355-Ship Navy

CNO: 2019 Budget Aims for ‘Whole’ Fleet, Faster Construction of 355-Ship Navy

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. John Richardson receives a demonstration of the capabilities of a Mark VI patrol boat from Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 3 on Feb. 7 ,2018. US Navy Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The upcoming Fiscal Year 2019 budget request will support Navy efforts to begin building a 355-ship fleet while also balancing capability upgrades and readiness, the chief of naval operations said on Thursday. Read More

RFP For New Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker Expected This Month

RFP For New Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker Expected This Month

USCGC Healy underway in the Chukchi Sea during an annual Arctic deployment on July 28, 2017. Coast Guard Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The request for proposals to build the nation’s next generation heavy icebreaker is expected to be released by the end of the month, the U.S. Coast Guard commandant said on Thursday.

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VIDEO: Coast Guard Fighting New Stealthy, Fast Drug Smuggling Vessels in Pacific

VIDEO: Coast Guard Fighting New Stealthy, Fast Drug Smuggling Vessels in Pacific

Members of Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship NANAIMO and a United States Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment collaborate on the boarding of a suspected smuggling vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean during Operation CARIBBE on November 21, 2017. Canadian Forces Photo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — The pallets stacked with plastic-wrapped bricks of cocaine, unloaded by the crew of the cutter USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752) on Thursday, represented just some of the more than 47,000 pounds intercepted in the eastern Pacific just in recent months, according to federal officials. The estimated street value: $721 million. Read More

Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker on Track to Deliver in 2023

Coast Guard Heavy Icebreaker on Track to Deliver in 2023

A starboard view of the anchored US Coast Guard icebreaker POLAR STAR (WAGB 10).

ARLINGTON, Va. —The first new heavy icebreaker in more than a generation is on track to launch in 2023, but the Coast Guard commandant says building the needed fleet still requires Congress to unfreeze funding.

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Bomb Cyclone Shuts Hampton Roads Maritime Traffic

Bomb Cyclone Shuts Hampton Roads Maritime Traffic

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES-16 satellite caught a dramatic view of the bomb cyclone moving up the East Coast on Jan. 4, 2017. NOAA Photo

A quarter billion dollars of commerce halted Wednesday night and Thursday as Hampton Roads — entry to the Chesapeake Bay — was closed by the Coast Guard, a move spurred by high winds and blizzard conditions on the water.

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Coast Guard Civil Penalties Possible for Operator of Sunken SS El Faro

Coast Guard Civil Penalties Possible for Operator of Sunken SS El Faro

An undated video frame grab showing the stern of the of the sunken freighter El Faro on the seafloor, 15,000-feet deep near the Bahamas. The image was taken by Cable Underwater Recovery Vehicle (CURV) aboard the Military Sealift Command fleet ocean tug USNS Apache (T-ATF 172). US Navy image.

The operator of the SS El Faro container ship that sank during Hurricane Joaquin in 2015 now faces the prospect of a U.S. Coast Guard-initiated civil penalty investigation, according to a Final Action Memo released by the Coast Guard today.

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