Category Archives: U.S. Coast Guard

Report: Coast Guard Should Focus on Buying Heavy Icebreakers

Report: Coast Guard Should Focus on Buying Heavy Icebreakers

Crew of U.S Coast Guard icebreaker USCGC Polar Star (WAGB-10) in 2014. US Coast Guard Photo

The Coast Guard wants to buy three heavy and three medium icebreakers, but given the realities of current budget restraints, the service would be better off considering block-buying four ships all of the same design.

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Coast Guard Cutter Bear Returns from Hurricane Relief, Fisheries Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Bear Returns from Hurricane Relief, Fisheries Patrol

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear, a 270 foot, medium endurance cutter, arrives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to deliver supplies, Oct. 9, 2017. The supplies included donations collected by Customs and Border Patrol members. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Bear, a 270 foot, medium endurance cutter, arrives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to deliver supplies, Oct. 9, 2017. The supplies included donations collected by Customs and Border Patrol members. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC-901) returned to homeport in Portsmouth, Va., Saturday after a 28-day deployment providing hurricane relief to Puerto Rico and enforcing fisheries laws along the way.

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Willow Moves to South Carolina Low Country

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Willow Moves to South Carolina Low Country

NARES STRAIGHT -- The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Willow (WLB-202) transits near an iceberg, Aug. 23, 2011. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

The US Coast Guard Cutter Willow (WLB-202) transits near an iceberg, Aug. 23, 2011. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WILLOW (WLB-202) is leaving ice breaking and Arctic patrols behind, heading south to stop drug running, illegal immigration, and tend navigation aids between South Carolina and the Caribbean.

The crew of USCGC Willow (WLB-202) and residents of Charleston, S.C. will mark the change in the ship’s homeport in the South Carolina Low Country in a Monday ceremony. The 225-foot Juniper-class seagoing buoy tender is replacing Coast Guard Cutter Oak, which departed Charleston in 2015. Read More

Coast Guard Releases Heavy Icebreaker Draft Request for Proposals

Coast Guard Releases Heavy Icebreaker Draft Request for Proposals

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.

The Coast Guard and Navy today released a draft request for proposals to industry for the detail design and construction of the Heavy Polar Icebreaker. Read More

Marines Solicit Science Fiction Stories to Imagine the Future of Conflict

Marines Solicit Science Fiction Stories to Imagine the Future of Conflict

Artwork by Michael Ball. US Marine Corps Image

If there’s one constant in planning for future war, it’s that no one expects it to get any easier. To figure out the rough contours of how war gets harder, the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory put together uniformed service members with science fiction authors to craft the “Marine Corps Security Environment Forecast: Science Fiction Futures,” a series of short stories approximating calamities the Corps should expect in the future. Read More

Navy, Coast Guard Evaluating Hurricane Irma Damage to Facilities, Ports

Navy, Coast Guard Evaluating Hurricane Irma Damage to Facilities, Ports

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 2nd Class Ray Clark signals to raise an aircraft elevator in the hangar bay of the amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD) 7 as part of preparations for potential humanitarian relief efforts on Sept. 11, 2017. US Navy Photo

The Navy’s Hurricane Irma relief effort is ramping up as more ships position off the coast of Florida and teams arrive on land to deliver supplies and assess damage, the service said on Wednesday. Read More