Category Archives: U.S. Coast Guard

Report: Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization

Report: Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker Modernization

From the March, 15 Congressional Research Service report: Coast Guard polar icebreakers perform a variety of missions supporting U.S. interests in polar regions. The Coast Guard’s two existing heavy polar icebreakers— Polar Star and Polar Sea — have exceeded their originally intended 30-year service lives. Polar Star was placed in caretaker status on July 1, 2006. Congress in FY2009 and FY2010 provided funding to repair it and returnit to service for an additional 7 to 10 years of service; the repair work was completed and the ship was reactivated on December 14, 2012. Read More

Low Cost Ship Options for U.S. Navy's Drug War

Low Cost Ship Options for U.S. Navy’s Drug War

HSV-2 Swift departs from Naval Station Mayport to begin Southern Partnership Station 2013. US Navy Photo

HSV-2 Swift departs from Naval Station Mayport to begin Southern Partnership Station 2013. US Navy Photo

The U.S. Navy is examining low-cost high-speed ships to replace aging surface ships in U.S. Southern Command’s fight against drug traffickers, U.S. 4th Fleet officials told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Opinion: Don't Short The Coast Guard's New Cutter

Opinion: Don’t Short The Coast Guard’s New Cutter

Coast Guard rendering of the planned Offshore Patrol Cutter. The service plans to announce the final three designs later this year. US Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guard rendering of the planned Offshore Patrol Cutter. The service plans to announce the final three designs later this year. US Coast Guard Photo

The U.S. Coast Guard has in place ambitious programs to revitalize the U.S. cutter force to meet the daunting requirements of the 21st century. Three cutter classes are under way as of this month. Read More

Memo: Coast Guard to Cut Operations by 21 percent

Memo: Coast Guard to Cut Operations by 21 percent

Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Detroit and Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., conduct joint ice-rescue training on Lake St. Clair, Feb. 12, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Detroit and Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., conduct joint ice-rescue training on Lake St. Clair, Feb. 12, 2013. US Coast Guard Photo

The Coast Guard plans to reduce surface and air operations by 21 percent and defer depot level maintenance due to budget cuts, according to a February draft memo obtained by USNI News. Read More

Distinguished Warfare Medal Memo

Distinguished Warfare Medal Memo

Feb. 13, 2013 memo on the creation of the Distinguished Warfare Medal that recognizes warfare contributions from cyber troops and unmanned vehicle pilots. Read More

No Furloughs at Arlington National Cemetery

No Furloughs at Arlington National Cemetery

A member of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard plays "Taps" during a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery on March, 8. US Navy Photo

A member of the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard plays “Taps” during a funeral at Arlington National Cemetery on March, 8. US Navy Photo

Staff at Arlington National Cemetery will avoid furloughs this fiscal year reducing fears the cemetery would extend wait times for burials, Army National Military Cemeteries Executive Director Kathryn Condon told Congress on Wednesday. Read More

Pentagon Warns Budget Cuts Would Hurt Wounded Warriors

Pentagon Warns Budget Cuts Would Hurt Wounded Warriors

Marine Cpl. Jorge Salazar at Naval Medical Center San Diego's (NMCSD) Wounded Warrior Battalion-West detachment, speaks to Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command, Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward in January.

Marine Cpl. Jorge Salazar at Naval Medical Center San Diego’s (NMCSD) Wounded Warrior Battalion-West detachment, speaks to Deputy Commander, U.S. Central Command, Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward in January.

Wounded Warrior programs and TRICARE beneficiaries are at risk due to the ongoing budget uncertainty, the Pentagon’s top health official told the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. 

“How we sustain our robust capability to provide mental health care to our service members and families” for the rest of this fiscal year is an unanswered question, Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said. Read More

Update: Controversial Medal Faces New Review

Update: Controversial Medal Faces New Review

Department of Defense spokesman George Little briefing reporters on review to the Distinguished Warfare Medal. Pentagon Channel

Department of Defense spokesman George Little briefing reporters on review to the Distinguished Warfare Medal. Pentagon Channel

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is calling for a review of the ranking of a controversial new medal created to honor the contribution of unmanned vehicle pilots and cyber troops, a defense official told USNI News on Tuesday. Read More

Senate Defense Leaders Want New Medal Ranked Lower

Senate Defense Leaders Want New Medal Ranked Lower

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert is greeted by Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 15 2013. US Navy Photo

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert is greeted by Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee on March, 15 2013. US Navy Photo

Senate leaders have joined a grassroots call to lower the precedence of a new medal that recognizes warfare contribution from unmanned vehicle pilots and cyber troops. Read More