U.S. Coast Guard photos win top two spots in Naval & Maritime Photo Contest. All great photos!
Winners of the 2020 Naval & Maritime Photo Contest
Until 2018, one of only a few Auxiliary-operated stations in the US. Auxiliarists perform duties around and over 265 sq nautical miles of Green Bay waters
Flotilla 47-02 is one of a select few remaining AUXOP (Auxiliary-operated) Stations in the United States. Green Bay auxiliarists perform operational coxswain, crew, and watchstanding duties, in accordance with USCG regulations. Green Bay's area of responsibility (AOR), which covers approximately 265 square nautical miles, extends from the Fox River on the southern end to the Second County Park (just north of Oconto on the west side of the Bay of Green Bay), to Sugar Creek County Park on the east side of the Bay of Green Bay.
Mission: Traditional missions include: 1. Teaching PUBLIC EDUCATION classes 2. Conducting courtesy VESSEL EXAMINATIONS 3. Visiting established MARINE DEALER businesses 4. Promoting safe boating practices at PUBLIC EVENTS 5. Sponsoring ACADEMY INTRODUCTION MISSIONS (AIM) candidates 6. Enjoying the BENEFITS OF AUXILIARY MEMBERSHIP
U.S. Coast Guard photos win top two spots in Naval & Maritime Photo Contest. All great photos!
Winners of the 2020 Naval & Maritime Photo Contest
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Sturgeon Bay-Algoma
The Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay (WTGB-103) underway this morning headed for Lake Michigan. Photos shot from top of new tower at Door County Maritime Museum (Photos R.K. Osgood SO-PA 095-47). #DCMaritime #USCG
Navy Region Hawaii
We gather virtually this year to commemorate the 79th Anniversary of the Attacks on Pearl Harbor and Oahu, live from #PearlHarbor, Hawaii.
Today we pause to remember those lost on this day 79 years ago in the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor. #NeverForget . Several U.S. Coast Guard units saw action that day. #PearlHarbor79
While most know that Coast Guard Cutter Taney took part in the battle of Dec. 7, 1941, with the attacks on Pearl Harbor, many don’t realize that the Coast Guard had quite a number of units and personnel who took part in the U.S. defense of Hawaii on that Sunday.
Busy morning on the Fox River in Green Bay. USCG assisting.
Early this morning we received a report of a vehicle that drove off a railroad bridge into the Fox River off McDonald St. The male driver was able to get out of the vehicle on his own and swam to shore. He was taken to a local hospital to be checked for hypothermia. He was subsequently arrested for OWI. The driver gave conflicting statements if anyone else was in the vehicle. The GBPD Dive Team was called out. Divers located the vehicle and did not find anyone else inside the vehicle. The vehicle was removed from the Fox River with the help of Heavy Duty Towing. Also on scene to assist was the US Coast Guard and the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. Thank you to St Mary's Cement Inc for allowing us access to their property to make the search and subsequent removal of the vehicle easier.
Please, don't drink and drive. There are many options for a safe ride home.
A story well worth the read. About one of the most junior positions in the Coast Guard having a huge impact.
A Non-Rate bought a stranger’s dinner in Nuuk, Greenland. Here’s what happened next.By Senior Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir
Bravo Zulu Chief!!
SANDWICH, Mass. – David McClure of Wareham, Mass., a 30-year member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, has been named an “Honorary Chief” by the U.S. Coast Guard – a rare honor for a member of the Auxiliary volunteer force.
McClure, who has been a Communications Watchstander at Coast Guard Station Cape Cod Canal for the past ten years, was nominated for the honor by U.S. Coast Guard Chief Boatswain’s Mate Nicholas Crews, Officer-In-Charge at Station Canal, in recognition of McClure’s long and helpful service to the unit. Crews’ recommendation was unanimously supported by the other chief petty officers in Sector Southeastern New England, and final approval followed from the Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Master Chief Jason M. Vanderhaden, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Karl L. Schultz.
The citation was presented to McClure during the monthly “Chiefs’ Call” of the Sector’s top enlisted cadre held at Station Canal on Nov. 20. “I was absolutely amazed and very pleased to receive this award,” said McClure... “it was a surprise that I never expected. Thanks to all the Coast Guard members who thought me worthy to receive this award.”
The “Honorary Chief” designation permits holders to participate in the tradition-laden “Chiefs’ Mess” dining, fellowship and social activities aboard any Coast Guard vessel or shore station.
In addition to his watchstanding duties over the past decade, McClure is a certified Auxiliary Food Specialist who has provided support to the station’s galley – helping to prepare and serve meals on holidays and other special occasions. A former schoolteacher who holds a doctorate in education, McClure has also spent many hours providing educational counsel and advice to the unit’s active duty members. Recently, McClure and his wife Carolyn – also an Auxiliarist – worked to make protective face masks for the Station’s crew to help minimize risks from the COVID-19 virus.
McClure is also a qualified instructor in the Auxiliary’s Public Affairs Directorate and was recently elected Chief of Staff for the Auxiliary’s First District-Northern Region, an area that includes all Auxiliarists from Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Maine.
🇺🇸 BRAVO ZULU David McClure! 🇺🇸
Photo (l): Auxiliarist David McClure (center) receives his “Honorary Chief” citation from Master Chief Petty Officer Manuel Gonzalez (left), Officer-In-Charge of Aids-To-Navigation Team Woods Hole and Master Chief Petty Officer Maria D’Angelo, Command Master Chief of Sector Southeastern New England.
Photo (center): Coast Guard Auxiliarist David McClure (left) received designation as an “Honorary Coast Guard Chief” from Station Cape Cod Canal’s Officer-In-Charge, Chief Petty Officer Nicholas Crews.photo by Reid Oslin, DVC-AM.)
Photo (r): Auxiliarist David McClure accepts congratulations from Petty Officer Third Class Jalil Ellis and other members of STATION Cape Cod Canal crew after the presentation ceremony.
Auxiliary photos and news release submitted by Reid Oslin, DVC-AM.
#OTD a #legend was born
Some call it courage; he called it #duty. Today, we honor the birthday of one of our greatest heroes, Joshua James. During his time serving in the U.S. Life Saving Service, James is said to have saved more than 1,000 lives.
Read more here: http://ow.ly/bNbN50Cofl2
Bravo Zulu Commodore Cady!
Meet Commodore Kevin Cady
Commodore Cady joined the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in 2003, training at MSO Portland, ME, and has devoted his time primarily to the area of Marine Safety with a collateral duty in #EmergencyManagement and #ForceReadiness.
He has been afforded many interesting roles by the U.S. Coast Guard. He believes it is all about seizing upon opportunity. At US Coast Guard Sector Northern New England he served in the rotation as the Response duty officer of the day. He deployed on a number of occasions to serve on Incident Management Teams in the 8th Coast Guard District in support of hurricane relief. Earlier this year he was assigned to a Marine Casualty investigation, investigating the vessel sinking and deaths of two commercial fishermen fifty nautical miles off the coast of Maine. He says there is not a more honorable mission than determining the cause factors of a complete vessel loss and subsequent mariner deaths and writing the report of the investigation and having a say in resulting safety recommendations. He was very fortunate to be honored as the inaugural National Coast Guard Auxiliarist of the Year for 2005!
On 01 November he advanced to Assistant National Commodore overseeing four national Directorates: #Response, #Prevention, #InternationalAffairs, and #EmergencyManagementadDisasterResponse. He recently relocated to Tampa. At CGD7 he assists in Prevention/Marine Casualty investigations, esp. illegal uninspected passenger vessels.
He serves because he is allowed to represent the finest maritime lifesaving / military organization in the world. He is humbled and honored to wear the uniform and represent the U.S. Coast Guard, a fact he does not take lightly. During 2019 he logged over 1,559 hours of volunteer time towards #marinesafety missions, primarily augmenting the active duty #CoastGuard. He says he is but one of 23,000 Coast Guard Auxiliary members that volunteer their precious time and expertise to help ensure the U.S. Coast Guard meets its missions.
He was an #NHL equipment manager with both the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres
Admiral Karl Schultz
Please join me in welcoming the new National Commodore of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Alex Malewski! Commodore Malewski previously served as Vice National Commodore and Deputy National Commodore Atlantic East and Operations. I am excited to work with you as you lead the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, the 23,500-strong uniformed volunteer component of the Service.
Furthermore, I want to personally thank Commodore Larry L. King for his years of dedication to the Coast Guard Auxiliary. The significance of Auxiliary support to recreational boating safety, awareness, and many other Coast Guard missions has never been greater and remains essential to our Nation’s maritime homeland security.
Fair winds and following seas Commodore King!
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville
Packed house at U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral as U. S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety & Security Team Houston - 91104 & U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Heron make preps to get underway for tonight’s launch of Crew Dragon’s first operational mission with 4 astronauts onboard. Remember, the Coast Guard safety & security zones will now be activated at 4:27 p.m. If needed, you can contact the Coast Guard on VHF Channel 16, stay safe everyone!
#LaunchAmerica #CrewDragon #Crew1 #nasa
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#SemperParatus #USCG #GoCoastGuard #militarycareer #USA
Capt. Jimmie Harris Hobaugh was the captain of the Coast Guard Cutter Woodrush 45 years ago today.
As the only available U.S. Coast Guard cutter available to respond to the Fitzgerald sinking on 10 November 1975, Woodrush was ordered from Duluth at "full speed" through a "gale and high seas" and arrived on scene within 24 hours.
The crew combed the area along with the SS William Clay Ford and the SS Arthur M. Anderson until daybreak, when debris and oil were finally located.
The following summer, Capt. Hobaugh and the crew of the Woodrush served as a support vessel for the United States Navy ROV, the CURV, that was used to survey the Fitzgerald wreck.
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 095-47 Green Bay
"We are holding our own."...
At 1415 hours (2:15 pm) on November 9, 1975 the Great Lakes freighter SS Edmund Fitzgerald departed Superior, Wisconsin, en route Detroit, Michigan. She would never arrive, lost in a violent storm on Lake Superior the next day. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Woodrush (WLB 407), the only cutter available to respond to the Fitzgerald sinking, was ordered from Duluth at "full speed" through a "gale and high seas." Arriving on scene, Cutter Woodrush combed the area along with the merchant vessels SS William Clay Ford and SS Arthur M. Anderson until daybreak, when debris and oil were finally located. Fitzgerald's crew of 29 perished, no bodies were ever recovered.
Timeline for the the last voyage of SS Edmund Fitzgerald
NOV. 9, 1975
2:15 p.m. The Edmund Fitzgerald, captained by Ernest McSorley, finishes loading 26,116 tons of taconite in Superior, Wis., and departs for Detroit's Zug Island. The storm that would sink the ship is gathering force over Kansas on a northwest path toward Lake Superior.
5 p.m. Fitzgerald encounters Arthur M. Anderson, captained by Jesse Cooper, and the two ships proceed east on similar courses, separated by about 10 to 20 miles. Three hours later, the National Weather Service issues a Gale Warning for all of Lake Superior.
NOV. 10, 1975
1 a.m. Fitzgerald passes approximately 20 miles due south of Isle Royale.
2 a.m. Fitzgerald and Anderson agree to take northern route across the lake for protection from the gale. NWS upgrades forecast to a Storm Warning, predicting northeast winds 35 to 50 knots and waves 8 to 15 feet.
7 a.m. Fitzgerald calls company office to report a delayed arrival due to worsening weather conditions. Ship is approximately 35 miles north of Copper Harbor.
1 p.m. Fitzgerald is 11 miles NW of Michipicoten Island. Anderson is approximately 20 miles northwest of the island, reporting 20-knot winds and 12 foot waves.
1:40 p.m. Fitzgerald radios Anderson to talk weather and course changes. Capt. McSorley reports his ship is "rolling some." Fitzgerald cuts closer to Michipicoten Island while Anderson cuts west a bit to take rising seas from astern.
2:45 p.m. Anderson changes course to avoid Six Fathom Shoal area north of Caribou Island. Fitzgerald is about 16 miles ahead. Heavy snow begins to fall and the Fitzgerald is lost from sight. It's the last time the ship would be seen by human eyes.
3:20 p.m. Anderson records 43-knot winds and 12 to 16 foot waves.
3:30 p.m. Fitzgerald calls Anderson to report damage and say the ship would slow to let Anderson catch up. Minutes later, Coast Guard issues directions for all ships to find safe anchorage because the Soo Locks have been closed.
McSorley: "Anderson, this is the Fitzgerald. I have sustained some topside damage. I have a fence rail laid down, two vents lost or damaged, and a list. I'm checking down. Will you stay by me til I get to Whitefish?"
Cooper: "Charlie on that Fitzgerald. Do you have your pumps going?"
McSorley: "Yes, both of them."
4:10 p.m. Fitzgerald radios Anderson to request navigational help.
4:30 p.m. Fitzgerald passes 3 to 5 miles east of Caribou Island. Many theorize the ship unknowingly struck the poorly marked 6 Fathom Shoal on the island's north side, but that has never been conclusively proven. The debate rages to this day.
4:39 p.m. NWS revises forecast again, predicting northwest winds 38 to 52 knots with gusts to 60 knots and waves 8 to 16 feet.
5:30 p.m. Fitzgerald is advised by Swedish ship Avafors the Whitefish Point beacon and light are disabled by power failure.
Avafors: "Fitzgerald, this is the Avafors. I have the Whitefish light now but still am receiving no beacon. Over."
Fitzgerald: "I'm very glad to hear it."
Avafors: "The wind is really howling down here. What are the conditions where you are?"
Fitzgerald: (Undiscernable shouts overheard) "DON'T LET NOBODY ON DECK!"
Avafors: "What's that, Fitzgerald? Unclear. Over."
Fitzgerald: "I have a bad list, lost both radars. And am taking heavy seas over the deck. One of the worst seas I've ever been in."
Avafors: "If I'm correct, you have two radars."
Fitzgerald: "They're both gone."
6 p.m. Anderson struck by 25-foot wave.
7:10 p.m. Anderson calls Fitzgerald with navigation instructions. The ship is about 10 miles behind the doomed freighter.
Anderson: "Fitzgerald, this is the Anderson. Have you checked down?"
Fitzgerald: "Yes we have."
Anderson: "Fitzgerald, we are about 10 miles behind you, and gaining about 1 1/2 miles per hour. Fitzgerald, there is a target 19 miles ahead of us. So the target would be 9 miles on ahead of you."
Fitzgerald: "Well, am I going to clear?"
Anderson: "Yes. He is going to pass to the west of you."
Fitzgerald: "Well, fine."
Anderson: "By the way, Fitzgerald, how are you making out with your problem?"
Fitzgerald: "We are holding our own."
Anderson: "Okay, fine. I'll be talking to you later."
7:15 p.m. Fitzgerald disappears from Anderson radar. More than an hour later, the Coast Guard begins an active search. The 29 crew members aboard all perish.
Bravo Zulu Station Mayport!
#BREAKING: A U.S. Coast Guard Station Mayport crew rescued 4 adults, 4 children and a dog from the water near St. Mary's Inlet, #Georgia after their 30-foot sailing vessel became disabled and crashed into the north jetty.
“We are extremely fortunate this case resulted in eight lives saved, but it also serves as a critical reminder to recreational boaters that conditions throughout the Southeast are extremely unpredictable and dangerous right now." -Capt. Mark Vlaun, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville commanding officer.
Learn more: https://tinyurl.com/y5vnzm7e
#ThrowbackThursday #OTD in 2012 ...
#ThrowbackThursday #OTD 2012 In the early morning hours while caught in the impact zone of Hurricane Sandy more than 90 miles off the coast of Hatteras, North Carolina, HMS Bounty lost power and eventually capsized spilling her 16 crew members in to the sea.
Aircrew aboard C-130 and MH-60 aircraft were launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, NC and braved the hurricane conditions to rescue 14 crew members who had made it into life rafts. Another crew member was later recovered unresponsive and the Captain was never found.
#AlwaysReady #Responsive #Relevant #SemperParatus #SearchandRescue
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When you join the Coast Guard Auxiliary, you could find yourself saving lives, protecting the environment from polluters, guarding our shores from terrorists and much more. That’s our job – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. That's life in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. We don't just train. We train and perform.
Since 1939 the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.
We protect the maritime economy, the environment, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America’s Maritime Guardian — Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.
Today’s U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, with more than 27,000 men and women, is a unique force that carries out an array of responsibilities touching almost every facet of the U.S. maritime environment.
The Coast Guard's motto is Semper Paratus, meaning "Always Ready."
The overarching mission of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is to contribute to the safety and security of our citizens, ports, waterways and coastal regions.
The Auxiliary is a uniformed, civilian division of the Coast Guard. Staffed by volunteers from every walk of life who choose their level of involvement and training. If you want to make a difference in your community, if you want to save lives through teaching boating safety, or operational patrols, if you have a desire to be a part of something bigger than self - consider stepping up and learning what it takes to become Semper Paratus, always ready.