The crew of the 65-foot fishing vessel Theodora was disoriented, and the ship was taking on water fast. It was Feb. 11, 1983, and a record-breaking nor’easter was battering the East Coast, shutting down airports and tossing ships around like toys in a tub — except this tub had 50-foot waves and 55-mph winds. The Coast Guard asked the Marine
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The Coast Guard was established on Aug. 4, 1790. The Coast Guard is charged with maritime security, safety, and stewardship. While the Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, during times of war, it can be transferred to the Department of the Navy, as it did in WWI and WWII.
The Coast Guard is comprised of approximately 40,000 active duty personnel supported by an additional 7,000 reservists.
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The Coast Guard will now consider waiver requests for its tattoo restrictions on size and placement, considering each on a case-by-case basis, according to an announcement Monday from the service. Coasties may submit requests for exemptions through their command, while those interested in joining the service can submit their inquiries through their recruiter or officer selection officer. If the waiver
The Coast Guard must invest in its workforce, providing opportunities for training and promotion at modern shore facilities and on updated ships and aircraft, Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan told members of Congress last week. Without upgrades to the service’s workforce management system, she said, the Coast Guard will not be able to recruit and retain the talent it needs to
MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard has stopped at sea more than 3,000 Cuban migrants fleeing deteriorating economic, safety and political conditions in the island nation who were heading to the coast of Florida since October — more than the last five fiscal years combined, according to the agency. The staggering figure comes as the Coast Guard announced it returned
NEW ORLEANS — A former U.S. Coast Guard employee has pleaded guilty in a test score-fixing scheme that happened over seven years at an exam center in Louisiana, federal prosecutors said. U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans, in a news release Tuesday, said Eldridge Johnson entered the plea June 23 to one count each of bribery and conspiracy to defraud the
NEW LONDON — Members of Hotel platoon lined a hallway in Chase Hall at the Coast Guard Academy on Monday, arms at a 90-degree angle in front of their faces as they studied their pocket-sized training handbook, called the Running Light, while waiting to get haircuts. The air conditioning had broken, and they would soon be drenched with rain on top of sweat. They
TAMPA, Fla. — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter lifted seven boaters to safety after their 39-foot vessel was struck by lightning 100 miles off the Clearwater coast Saturday. The five women and two men were participating in a fishing tournament when their boat encountered a lightning storm, according to a Coast Guard news release. None sustained serious injuries. “Lightning storms
NORFOLK — More than 100 people, most of which were children, were evacuated from the Spirit of Norfolk as emergency crews worked to control what officials believe is an engine room fire onboard the dinner cruise ship Tuesday. Fire and military emergency crews were dispatched just after 12:05 p.m. for a report of a boat fire near Pier 3 at Naval Station Norfolk. The U.S. Coast Guard also called
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Ingalls Shipbuilding held a christening ceremony Saturday for National Security Cutter Calhoun (WMSL 759) — the 10th NSC the Pascagoula shipyard has built for the U.S. Coast Guard. WMSL 759 is named in honor of Charles L. Calhoun, the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. Calhoun served in the U.S. Navy for three years during World War II as a torpedoman 2nd