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In preparation for the upcoming boating season here is some safety gear information!
02/17/2020

In preparation for the upcoming boating season here is some safety gear information!

Boating season is right around the corner. Know your required safety gear!

U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes
02/16/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Great Lakes

02/14/2020
U.S. Coast Guard

Here is your friendly reminder to tune in to the State of the Coast Guard Address next week!

Don't forget to tune in to the State of the Coast Guard Address February 20 at 1 p.m. You can catch it right here or on uscg.mil/AlwaysReady. Admiral Karl Schultz #CoastGuard2020

02/13/2020
Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloads $338 million worth of cocaine in San Diego

#ICYMI The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine Monday seized from known drug-transit zones in the Eastern Pacific Ocean worth approximately $338 million.

Eight interdictions were made between mid-November and mid-January by the joint efforts from the crews of the following four separate #USCG cutter: Thetis (WMEC 910), Resolute (WMEC 620), Tampa (WMEC 902), and the Munro (WMSL 755).

02/12/2020
Life Jackets

Sitting above the messdeck at U.S. Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay are three life jackets that serve as a reminder to the crew that, sometimes when it's on the line, all that training pays off.

#ICYMIYesterday morning the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine in San D...
02/11/2020

#ICYMI

Yesterday morning the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine in San Diego. This was the culmination of months of work done by four separate Coast Guard cutters. So a big thank you to Coast Guard cutters Thetis, Resolute, Tampa and Munro!

This morning, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine seized from known ...
02/10/2020

This morning, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro offloaded nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine seized from known drug-transit zones of the Eastern Pacific Ocean worth around $338 million.

Eight interdictions were made between November and January by the joint efforts of four separate Coast Guard cutters.

02/10/2020

HAPPENING NOW: The Coast Guard Cutter Munro is offloading nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $338 Million!

02/10/2020
Coast Guard Cutter Munro

HAPPENING TODAY: The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro is scheduled to offload nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated $338 Million in San Diego!

The crew has been underway since before Christmas patrolling known drug-transit zones in international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

Munro and three other Coast Guard cutter crews operating in the region made eight separate suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions and disruptions between mid-November and mid-January. The nearly 20,000 pounds of cocaine to be offloaded represents the joint efforts of the following Coast Guard cutter crews:

- Thetis was responsible for two cases seizing 6,830 pounds
- Resolute was responsible for one case seizing 1,951 pounds
- Tampa was responsible for two cases seizing 4,270 pounds
- Munro was responsible for three cases seizing 6,680 pounds

Follow us today on Facebook to watch the offload happen live with remarks by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, Coast Guard D11 commander, Director David King, High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program, Capt. Jim Estramonte, Munro’s Commanding Officer, and Nathan Jones, the assistant special agent in charge for the Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA San Diego field division.

The cocaine that arrives in Central America and Mexico from the South American source zones triggers violence, corruption, extortion, and instability, driving families from their homes to seek safe havens elsewhere.

The negative effects of drug trafficking create “push factors” that, combined with illegal migration, contribute to the shared security concerns and humanitarian crisis on our Southwest Border.

Coast Guard cocaine interdictions at sea, measured in hundreds of thousands of pounds each year, have a direct cause-and-effect on reducing push factors.

The U.S. Coast Guard's specialized capabilities, unmatched authorities, and strong international relationships enable us to build partner-nation capacity and model rules-based values and behaviors, strengthening regional stability and enhance economic prosperity.

02/07/2020
Station Bodega Bay's Surface Swimmer Program

U.S. Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay members have partnered with Marin County Fire Department to train crewmembers in Swift Water Rescue Training to better prepare and utilize surface swimmers during a rescue.

"Swimmers can oftentimes get in places too risky for a lifeboat to respond," said Master Chief Jeremiah Wolf, the officer-in-charge at Station Bodega Bay. "What we're doing here at Bodega Bay is really just trying to make our surface swimmers as trained as possible so they're ready to respond quickly and effectively."

02/05/2020

Fireman Kelley Brewer discusses life as a crewmember at U.S. Coast Guard Station San Francisco: regularly training, conducting law enforcement patrols and boardings, and being ready to respond to help anyone in distress.

#USCG #UnitHighlight

Vince Patton, MCPOCG Retired, visited U. S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco today to discuss leadership as a part of Co...
02/04/2020

Vince Patton, MCPOCG Retired, visited U. S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco today to discuss leadership as a part of Coast Guard Black History Month events. Thank you Master Chief!
#BlackHistoryMonth

02/03/2020
K-9 hoist

Last week, the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team West and their K-9 Explosive Detection team conducted hoist training at U.S. Coast Guard San Diego.

The training provides the opportunity for both the K-9 handlers and their dogs to learn and function under extreme conditions to better serve our Coast Guard.

It's #SuperBowlSunday! Good luck to the San Francisco 49ers!
02/02/2020

It's #SuperBowlSunday! Good luck to the San Francisco 49ers!

Admiral Charles Ray
02/01/2020

Admiral Charles Ray

The Coast Guard’s legacy is forged by the courageous and selfless actions of those who came before us.

I wanted to kick off #AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth with one of our most historic rescue cases and highlight a true U.S. Coast Guard hero – Mess Attendant 1st Class Charles Walter David, Jr. He was serving aboard the Cutter COMANCHE in the early morning hours of 3 February 1943 when a German U-boat torpedoed the USS DORCHESTER. The ship, carrying over 900 U.S. troops, quickly sank in the frigid Atlantic sending its precious cargo into the ocean.

MA1 David quickly sprang into action by climbing down the cutter’s cargo net in 10-foot seas to pull hypothermic survivors from the frigid water. Wearing only his uniform, the bitter-cold seawater soaked him to the bone. During the chaos, the cutter’s executive officer fell into the sea, and MA1 David leapt into the water to save the XO. In all, the crew of COMANCHE rescued more than 100 people that night.

While performing these heroic deeds, MA1 David harbored a deadly secret of his own. Days before the rescue operation, he came down with a bad cold, and the exposure to icy water and sub-freezing temperatures eventually led to hypothermia. He died a few weeks later. Ultimately, MA1 David sacrificed his life for his fellow man.

He did all this without hesitation, despite his secondary status as an African-American man in a segregated service. For his bravery, he posthumously received the Navy & Marine Corps Medal. Most recently, he became the namesake of a Fast Response Cutter (FRC) that continues his legacy of selfless service.

In times of peril, we are hope, and MA1 David’s actions are a lasting reminder that hope is unstoppable.

Read more: http://bit.ly/36N8ReM

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Alaskan Airlines flight 261 plane crash. Friends and family of the victims gathe...
02/01/2020

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the Alaskan Airlines flight 261 plane crash. Friends and family of the victims gathered at the memorial in Port Hueneme to remember and honor their loved ones. Coast Guard members along with other members of the community also gathered to show their support. An Air Station San Francisco Forward Operating Base Mugu Dolphin MH-65 Helicopter crew, preformed a fly over and delivered a bouquet of flowers to the site of the crash in honor of the victims.

Today, the Maritime Security Response Team visited Coast Guard Sector San Diego to train their K-9 Explosive Detective T...
01/31/2020

Today, the Maritime Security Response Team visited Coast Guard Sector San Diego to train their K-9 Explosive Detective Team.

The purpose of the training is to put the K-9's in a controlled situation where they will learn to remain calm while being in a stressful environment.

Today in 1915 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill into law merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service...
01/29/2020

Today in 1915 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill into law merging the Life-Saving Service and Revenue Cutter Service effectively creating what we now know as the United States Coast Guard! #CoastGuardHistory

"[The] U.S. Coast Guard confirms health of crew with vessel master before boarding ships, and the Coast Guard reports il...
01/28/2020
West Coast Ports Are On Standby For Coronavirus

"[The] U.S. Coast Guard confirms health of crew with vessel master before boarding ships, and the Coast Guard reports illnesses to [the] Centers for Disease Control," Port of Oakland spokesperson Mike Zampa said Monday. "No incidents have been reported."

Port officials with Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco and Seattle said they are waiting for further directives before they begin screening cargo or crew.

01/27/2020
Coast Guard / Scripps ribbon-cutting ceremony

#ICYMI

Recently, the Coast Guard and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego celebrated the Blue Technology Center of Expertise with a ribbon-cutting!

Check out the video below for more details!

#MotivationMonday Working out helps our members stay #SemperParatus! What motivates you?
01/27/2020

#MotivationMonday Working out helps our members stay #SemperParatus! What motivates you?

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Icon and legend, Kobe Bryant. He was a father, husband, and a beacon...
01/26/2020

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the Icon and legend, Kobe Bryant. He was a father, husband, and a beacon of inspiration worldwide. We mourn with the city of LA after his tragic passing and will remember him as a star on and off the court.

Recently, The Coast Guard and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego launched the...
01/25/2020

Recently, The Coast Guard and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego launched the Blue Technology Center of Expertise on the Scripps Oceanography campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and expo.

Blue technology is any technology, system or platform designed for use above, on, or below the surface of the ocean that can support or facilitate Coast Guard maritime domain awareness, search and rescue, emergency response, maritime law enforcement, marine inspections and investigations.

For more information click the link below!

https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/277dbe4

01/25/2020
Admiral Karl Schultz

#JFK said it best: "When we go back to the sea... we are going back from whence we came.”

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf is based out of California and recently patrolled the Eastern Pacific Ocean to keep our country safe.

“When we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.” – President John F. Kennedy.

I met with likeminded seafarers at the Surface Navy Association Symposium last week. There are few greater challenges or rewards than a life committed to the sea.

Check out this beach info from the US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California. Have a safe a...
01/24/2020

Check out this beach info from the US National Weather Service San Francisco Bay Area/Monterey California. Have a safe and happy weekend!

Today our district commander Rear Admiral Gautier, paid a visit to Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach to acknowledge some loc...
01/23/2020

Today our district commander Rear Admiral Gautier, paid a visit to Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach to acknowledge some local Coast Guardsmen on their efforts and achievements in pursuit of the Coast Guard Mission!

Check out this awesome article on Coast Guard Aviator #1 Commander Elmer Stone!
01/23/2020
The Coast Guard's first aviator was a world-record holder and hero

Check out this awesome article on Coast Guard Aviator #1 Commander Elmer Stone!

​Coast Guard Commander Elmer Stone began his career on a sailing vessel, switched to steam ships, became an expert in gas engines and aviation, and went on to set a world-record, attempt a dangerous airborne rescue, and become part of the first team to fly across the Atlantic.

01/22/2020
Happy Birthday Elmer Stone

Today we honor U.S. Coast Guard aviator number one, Commander Elmer Stone, on his 133rd birthday! Commander Stone's passion for engineering and flight made him an integral part in creating what is now one of the world's foremost search and rescue operations. Check out this video and learn about his connection to U.S. Coast Guard San Diego!

Happy birthday Commander Elmer Stone!

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
01/20/2020

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy birthday to the former Coastie, #PopeyeTheSailorMan! ⚓️
01/17/2020
Popeye the Sailor Man was originally Popeye the Coast Guardsman

Happy birthday to the former Coastie, #PopeyeTheSailorMan! ⚓️

This may seem like blasphemy to some, but Popeye started his professional career as a civilian mariner and then Coast Guardsman. The famous sailor did join the Navy, but as of 1937, Popeye was firmly in the Coast Guard. A two-reel feature titled Popeye the Sailor meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves intro...

01/17/2020
U.S. Coast Guard

Does this look like fun? In order to be a Coast Guard pilot or aircrew member, you have to complete training in this crash simulator, informally known as “The Dunker.”

*Insider tip: stay calm, know your exit route, and take a deep breath!

Our aviators go through some intense training. U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Technical Training Center’s egress facility has a storm theater that simulates night conditions with lightning, 70-knot winds w/ rain, 3-foot waves, and surround-sound effects to immerse students in realistic environments. see more: instagram.com/uscg

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco members partner with Oakland Police Department, Oakland Firefighters Local 55...
01/16/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco members partner with Oakland Police Department, Oakland Firefighters Local 55, San Francisco Police Department and California Highway Patrol to conduct multi-agency training to prepare for a multitude of situations to be ready for any response! #BravoZulu

01/15/2020
Oakland Police Department

U.S. Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco members partnered with the Oakland Police Department, Oakland Firefighters Local 55, San Francisco Police Department and California Highway Patrol to conduct multi-agency training to prepare for a multitude of situations to be #SemperParatus.

There's something for everyone at #OPD Our Marine Unit prepares for a multitude of situations and are ready at a moments notice. Today the group took part in a multi-agency training. Oakland Firefighters Local 55 San Francisco Police Department California Highway Patrol U.S. Coast Guard

Members with the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center spoke to U.S. Coast Guard members on U.S. Coast Guard Base Alamed...
01/15/2020

Members with the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center spoke to U.S. Coast Guard members on U.S. Coast Guard Base Alameda honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. #HappyBirthdayMLK

Yesterday, Bel Marin Keys Yacht Club hosted a Celebration of Life ceremony to honor George C. Larsen, a 101-year old Coa...
01/13/2020

Yesterday, Bel Marin Keys Yacht Club hosted a Celebration of Life ceremony to honor George C. Larsen, a 101-year old Coast Guard veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor. Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the Coast Guard 11th District commander, was a keynote speaker for the event.

Larsen was a radioman at Coast Guard Radio Station Honolulu in the Diamond Head Lighthouse just east of Pearl Harbor. During his time at Pearl Harbor, he worked on deciphering top-secret Japanese military code. After the attack, Larsen was ordered to the Coast Guard cutter Kukui, a 190-foot bouy tender, where he aided the crew in removing harbor lights out of the water to black out the island.

Considered the father of the #USCG, Hamilton was the driving force behind Congress’ creation of a Revenue Marine Service...
01/11/2020

Considered the father of the #USCG, Hamilton was the driving force behind Congress’ creation of a Revenue Marine Service, the precursor to the modern-day U.S. Coast Guard.

#originalseadaddy #godaddyitsyourbirthday

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King tides are forecasted to affect the #SanFrancisco Bay Area Friday and throughout the weekend. Please be advised that...
01/10/2020

King tides are forecasted to affect the #SanFrancisco Bay Area Friday and throughout the weekend.

Please be advised that entry and exit points in low laying areas may disappear with incoming tides.

Be #WeatherSafe!

Thank you to all those who choose to protect and serve!#NationalLawEnforcementAppreciationDay
01/09/2020

Thank you to all those who choose to protect and serve!

#NationalLawEnforcementAppreciationDay

Join me as we celebrate National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Thank you to all those who choose to protect and serve – on the streets, in the air, and on the water.

#LEAD2020

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A slightly different view of the training at Point Vicente.
Just so thankful, proud and heartfelt about our USCG. God Bless and protect each and every member and their families.
Thank you for your bravery!!!
Good morning C.G. Pacific Southwest Coasties
Good morning Coast Guard Pacific Southwest Coasties, wishing you all a very great and safe day and weekend you are all forever COAST GUARD READY ALWAYS with great Devotion To Duty Thank you 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
I really do enjoy, but mostly appreciate the information about our USCG. You make us a more proud and safer feeling America, thank you and God Bless each and every one of you and your families!!!
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Good Tuesday morning C.G.Pacific Southwest Coasties have a tremendous and a safe day Always 👍
So proud of our USCG!!! America should be very proud of the dedicated, prestigious, elite group of men and women who go far and beyond the call of duty to protect our country and it's shore lines. To give our young people the opportunity to observe what is available to them is extraordinary.
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY TO ALL OF YOU 🇺🇸🎆 BE BLESSED AND STAY SAFE ALWAYS
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