U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

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Mission: The Fifth Coast Guard District ensures the safety and security of the oceans, coastal areas, and marine transportation system within America’s Mid-Atlantic Region. We focus on risk reduction and prevention, but are prepared to respond with courage and speed to any maritime incident.

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Last week, the #USCG participated in a joint-service search and rescue exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach, VA. Cre...
10/29/2020

Last week, the #USCG participated in a joint-service search and rescue exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach, VA.

Crews from the #USCGCRollinFritch, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and the CG Fifth District Command Center worked with Air Force pilots from Seymour Johnson AFB and the Navy HSC-2 Fleet Angels to coordinate this exercise, which tested response capabilities in the case of a large-scale search and rescue operation.

📸 info and full captions can be found here: http://ow.ly/UK6750C5ii8

Oh buoy! The Coast Guard Cutter Smilax tends the beacons and buoys that mark the waterways around the shores of the Nort...
10/29/2020

Oh buoy!

The Coast Guard Cutter Smilax tends the beacons and buoys that mark the waterways around the shores of the North Carolina Outer Banks.

The 100-foot tender carries a crew of 17 personnel and is responsible for over 1,300 fixed aids to navigation in the rivers, sounds, and the Intracoastal waterway of North Carolina as well as maintains 25 floating aids to navigation

It also pushes a 70-foot barge with a crane and diesel-fired pile driver that can lift up to 8.2 tons. The Smilax can also get underway without the barge and the crew can use her buoy deck crane to lift aids that weigh up to 5 tons.

#uscg #coastguard #queenofthefleet #uscgcsmilax

Rear Admiral Dickey paid a visit to the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, letting the crew know what an aweso...
10/28/2020

Rear Admiral Dickey paid a visit to the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, letting the crew know what an awesome job they do keeping our ports and waterways running smoothly by maintaining aids to navigation.

They that go down to the sea in ships; That do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonder...
10/28/2020

They that go down to the sea in ships; That do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep. ~ Psalm 107:23

Per Chief Warrant Officer Brian Porter, USCGC Smilax commanding officer:

"Historically there was a religious aspect to a ship christening where wine and prayer were replaced by smashing the bottle of champagne on the bow. Each new ship was given a ship’s bible as part of the christening ceremony. Smilax lost track of her ship’s bible sometime in the 60’s, nothing further on that. During the Queen of the Fleet ceremony in 2011, an old Smilax sailor returned the bible to BOSN McAloon. The Smilax’s prior commanding officer, BOSN Carawan was going to have it recovered and preserved, but felt the original condition was more relevant to a 75 year old cutter. Note the cover reads WAGL 315, which was SMILAX’s original classification, she was a Bay and Sound Tender without the barge."

#uscg #uscgcsmilax #queenofthefleet #semperparatus

Meet the CO! We did a fun little Q&A with Chief Warrant Officer Brian Porter, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutt...
10/27/2020

Meet the CO!

We did a fun little Q&A with Chief Warrant Officer Brian Porter, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax (WLIC 315) so you could get to know the CO on a more personal level as well as an in depth look into some of the missions!

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* What are the primary missions the Smilax crew conducts?

"We are responsible for the construction of over 1,300 fixed aids to navigation in the rivers, sounds, and Intracoastal Waterway of North Carolina as well as maintaining 25 floating aids to navigation in the ever-changing ocean inlets of North Carolina. We're a 100-foot tender with a crew of 17. We push a 70-foot barge with a crane and diesel-fired pile driver. We could also be called upon for search and rescue, or to serve as a tender/mothership for law enforcement or ports, waterways or coastal security missions."

* Where are you originally from and how long have you been in the Coast Guard?

"I was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia before enlisting in the Coast Guard in January 2001. This coming January marks 20 years of service!"

* Do you have a particular favorite memory aboard?

"Every day onboard is a favorite memory. I was onboard as Seaman Porter during the 9/11 attacks, and while this is certainly NOT a favorite memory, it is forever with me."

* You mentioned your love for the Smilax - tell us a little about your history with her and why she is so special?

"My first unit out of recruit training was Smilax. I had no idea what the cutter was or did, nor did my company commanders. I used my 5 minute call home to send my Mom on a quick, rudimentary internet search (it was 2001) to figure out the what and where. As Smilax was previously homeported in Brunswick, Georgia, that's where I thought I was going until about week 7 when we got our hardcopy orders and mine said Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. So I reported onboard a few short weeks later, and began one of the coolest jobs in the Coast Guard. It was loud, dirty, hot work, but I enjoyed it. I was a Boatswain's Mate striker, completing on the job training vs. going to a formal "A" school. I completed my package and put on BM3 on her deck in November 2002. Later in my career, I was back at Fort Macon as the Officer in Charge of Aids to Navigation Team Fort Macon as a Chief Boatswain's Mate. I was selected for commission as a Chief Warrant Officer in January 2014, and I put on my shoulder boards as a newly minted Boatswain on her decks in June of 2014. It is such an incredible honor and privilege to return to serve as her Commanding Officer almost 20 years later, leading and developing our next generation of Coasties to continue her proud legacy. Every day is an honor!"

#uscgcsmilax #coastguard #semperparatus #queenofthefleet

Join us as we prepare to celebrate the 76th birthday/anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax, the oldest Coast Guar...
10/26/2020

Join us as we prepare to celebrate the 76th birthday/anniversary of the Coast Guard Cutter Smilax, the oldest Coast Guard cutter also known as “The Queen of the Fleet!"

The construction tender was commissioned in 1944, five months after allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, and its crews have been tirelessly making waterways safe for vessel traffic ever since.

Follow Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic all week leading up to its actual commissioning day (Nov. 1) as we share some fun history and photos in celebration of the cutter and its crew!

#uscg #queenofthefleet #semperparatus #uscgcsmilax

Over the past few days the Coast Guard and other members from the Broadkill 2020 oil spill response team have been worki...
10/24/2020

Over the past few days the Coast Guard and other members from the Broadkill 2020 oil spill response team have been working together to identify areas where tar is washing on shore and have been working together in the removal process.

The team even received a visit from the Governor of Delaware John Carney to inform him of operations and update him on the removal process.

#USCG #SemperParatus

10/23/2020
U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina

U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina

A statement from Capt. Matt Baer, Commander of Sector North Carolina, "This morning, a fire took place at a commercial residential complex in Buxton, North Carolina where several active duty Coast Guard members live.

With great sadness, I have confirmed that the family of one of our active duty members is currently unaccounted for. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers while we investigate this incident with local authorities.

The Coast Guard is a small organization. This tragic incident impacts not only this family, crew and station, but various members, families and units throughout the Coast Guard.

In addition to the individuals currently unaccounted for, three other Coast Guard members and their families were displaced by the fire. They are currently in a safe shelter location.

Members trained in critical incident stress management are currently enroute to support those impacted by this tragedy. We are also working with the Coast Guard Foundation and other organizations to further support our members and families during this difficult time."

A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard and DNREC was established Wednesday as cleanup efforts continue on oil p...
10/21/2020

A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard and DNREC was established Wednesday as cleanup efforts continue on oil patties that washed ashore at various locations on the Delaware Bay coastline between Fowler Beach and Cape Henlopen.

Read more here: http://ow.ly/VKEA50BZ4Eg

Label your #kayak, #canoe, and #paddleboard to keep your gear safe and help the #USCG find you if you are in distress.
10/20/2020

Label your #kayak, #canoe, and #paddleboard to keep your gear safe and help the #USCG find you if you are in distress.

The Coast Guard, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are responding to, and overseeing th...
10/20/2020

The Coast Guard, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control are responding to, and overseeing the cleanup of oil patties that washed ashore on Broadkill Beach, Delaware, Tuesday.

More info & photos can be found here: http://ow.ly/6y7W50BXQ71

Today, Rear Adm. Laura Dickey, #USCG Fifth District Commander, spoke at the Sector North Carolina reserve all-hands meet...
10/17/2020

Today, Rear Adm. Laura Dickey, #USCG Fifth District Commander, spoke at the Sector North Carolina reserve all-hands meeting at the Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center in Camp Lejeune, NC.

Dickey met with the reservists to discuss Coast Guard operations in the Fifth District and field questions about administration and operations.

The morning meeting concluded with an award ceremony to honor a few outstanding reservists who drill in Sector North Carolina.

Coast Guard conducts rescue exercise on wind turbine near Virginia Beach
10/17/2020
Coast Guard conducts rescue exercise on wind turbine near Virginia Beach

Coast Guard conducts rescue exercise on wind turbine near Virginia Beach

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., an MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and several surface assets from the Virginia area conducted a simulated rescue operation on wind turbines approximately 28 mil...

Here's a look at some small boat training from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet that was conducted yesterday!#manoverb...
10/16/2020

Here's a look at some small boat training from Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet that was conducted yesterday!

#manoverboard #training #USCG

Last night was the perfect night for small boat training! We practiced tows, man overboards, and dock side crashing on our 24’ and 29’ boats. Plus we had a great view!

October is #NationalDisabilitiesEmploymentAwarenessMonth so for #ThrowbackThursday we share the story of John Miles, a l...
10/15/2020
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October is #NationalDisabilitiesEmploymentAwarenessMonth so for #ThrowbackThursday we share the story of John Miles, a lightkeeper at the Amelia Island Light in Florida in the late 1800s. Miles had is leg amputated and used a prosthetic, but he continued to climb the 45 feet of ladder to maintain the light twice a day..

https://www.facebook.com/UScoastguard/posts/10158786288117679

October is #NationalDisabilitiesEmploymentAwarenessMonth so for #ThrowbackThursday we share the story of John Miles, a lightkeeper at the Amelia Island Light in Florida in the late 1800s. Miles had is leg amputated and used a prosthetic, but he continued to climb the 45 feet of ladder to maintain the light twice a day..

'Put a bird on it.'Check out the awesome crew of U. S. Coast Guard Station Cape May who recently helped a struggling fea...
10/15/2020

'Put a bird on it.'

Check out the awesome crew of U. S. Coast Guard Station Cape May who recently helped a struggling feathered friend near the Cape May Inlet.

Looks like you guys and gals may have a new station mascot!

#uscg #coastguard #livingmarineresources

While underway last week, conducting crewmember training, MK3 Greg Barlow noticed a small bird struggling to stay in the air. About three miles off the coast of Cape May Inlet, this little fellow landed on the handrail of the 45’ Response Boat-Medium. MK3 was able to gain the trust of his new friend, Pablo, until we were closer to shore, and Pablo was able to fly off safely.

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( 📸 Credit: BM2 Ryan Keegan)

10/14/2020
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Learn more about how the #CoastGuard is modernizing its fleet of ninety-eight MH-65 helicopters. The #upgrade to the MH-65E model improves the avionics capabilities of the helicopters.

U.S. Coast Guard 📹by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Hodges

#DYK the Coast Guard is in the process of converting its fleet of 98 MH-65 helicopters to the MH-65E configuration. The #modernization and #upgrade of the MH-65D Dolphin helicopter to the MH-65E model improves the avionics capabilities of the helicopters.

U.S. Coast Guard 📹by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Hodges

U.S. Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet
10/14/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet

We would like to welcome Fireman Garcia to Station Hatteras Inlet! FN Garcia hails from Illinois and joined the Coast Guard earlier this year. He is eager to learn how to surf and fish, and picked the perfect place to do both. FN Garcia wants to get qualified and become a Machinery Technician.

Welcome aboard shipmate! We look forward to helping you get qualified and progress in your career.

Can you see yourself in the Coast Guard uniform, doing what the #USCG does every day? If so, learn more about how to joi...
10/13/2020

Can you see yourself in the Coast Guard uniform, doing what the #USCG does every day? If so, learn more about how to join at www.GoCoastGuard.com

Coast Guard members from Station Cape Charles helped free a pelican in distress today near Kiptopeke State Park. The bir...
10/10/2020

Coast Guard members from Station Cape Charles helped free a pelican in distress today near Kiptopeke State Park. The bird had suffered an injury to its wing, which required surgery, but is resting comfortably. Thanks to our partners in the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources and Wildlife ER - Rehabilitation and Education for helping make this a successful rescue.

U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest
10/10/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest

On this day in 1929, Clarence Samuels, commanding #USCG Patrol Boat AB-15, was promoted to Chief Quartermaster, thereby becoming the Coast Guard's first African-American chief petty officer.

#FlashBackFriday

10/09/2020

The exclusive economic zone is a 3 to 200-mile offshore line that separates federal waters. To preserve the species and promote growth, fishermen are not permitted to fish for Striped Bass in federal waters. To learn more about the EEZ click the link down below and look into your local to be sure you arent in protective speices zones.

http://ow.ly/BNNN50BsAPi

#SAFEBOATING #STRIPEDBASS #FISHING #EEZ

Today at #USCG Base Portsmouth, the Leadership Diversity Advisory Council celebrated #HispanicHeritageMonth by inviting ...
10/06/2020

Today at #USCG Base Portsmouth, the Leadership Diversity Advisory Council celebrated #HispanicHeritageMonth by inviting Dr. Johnny Garcia, president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Coastal Virginia, to discuss how we can support our Hispanic coworkers and local Hispanic-owned businesses.

Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15 - October 15 and celebrates the culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The dates include the anniversaries of independence for many Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua (September 15) and Mexico (September 16) and Chile (September 18).

Learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month here: www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov

Here's some fun #CoastGuard facts to kick-start your workweek!#semperparatus #uscg
10/05/2020

Here's some fun #CoastGuard facts to kick-start your workweek!

#semperparatus #uscg

#MotivationMonday This is #WhatWeDo on an average Coast Guard Day. #NoDaysOff It is obvious what gets us up for work in the morning. What gets you up to start your work week?

10/04/2020

Being a #USCGReserve Public Affairs Specialist means you get to work with active duty PAs to build multimedia projects, take photos and video and create graphics. You will be called on to cover hurricane response operations and you will work on stories that matter to your community.

Interested in getting more information? Contact a recruiter today: http://ow.ly/G0FD50Bx6yY

#USCG #GoCoastGuard

10/03/2020

Interested in #photography, #graphicdesign and #videography? Do you enjoy writing or creating #multimedia products? Consider a part-time job with the #USCGReserve as a Public Affairs Specialist!

Work close to where you already live, and gain benefits such as medical, dental and life insurance.

If you’re curious, reach out to a recruiter to discuss your options. You may even qualify for a $2k bonus! http://ow.ly/BGrD50BEICo

#USCG #GoCoastGuard

Two important tips to remember when going out on the water for Striped Bass fishing: 1) Remember to bring the necessary ...
10/03/2020

Two important tips to remember when going out on the water for Striped Bass fishing:
1) Remember to bring the necessary safety equipment such as a life jacket, marine radio, and an emergency position indicating radio beacon.
2) Make sure you don’t snag any fines by fishing in federal waters by using an updated boat navigation system while out on the water.

#SAFEBOATING #STRIPEDBASS #FISHING

Not sure what safety equipment you need while fishing? We’ve got you covered! Life jackets (for everyone aboard), a mari...
10/02/2020

Not sure what safety equipment you need while fishing? We’ve got you covered! Life jackets (for everyone aboard), a marine radio, emergency positioning indicating radio beacon, and flares are some good examples to have ready for your voyage. For more information on safety equipment click the link below.

www.uscgboating.org

#SAFEBOATING #STRIPEDBASS #FISHING

10/02/2020

Do you enjoy #photography, #writing and #graphicdesign? Perhaps you already work in a #publicrelations position in the civilian sector? Consider becoming a Reserve Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Coast Guard!

Report only one weekend a month and two weeks per year. You will be assigned to a unit close to where you already live, and receive benefits including medical, dental and life insurance, not to mention the education benefits and some extra pay to supplement your income. You may even qualify for a $2k bonus!

Interested? Contact a recruiter today to get more information!
http://ow.ly/dct050BEIAG

10/01/2020

Looking for a #parttime job to supplement your income? How about one with medical, dental and life insurance? Even better: one that allows you to #serve your country close to home? Consider joining the #USCGReserve as a Public Affairs Specialist!

You’ll serve one weekend a month and two weeks per year, completing projects in #photography, #videography and #graphicdesign, as well as covering hurricane response and operations.

Interested? Contact a recruiter today to discuss your options. You may even qualify for a $2k bonus!: http://ow.ly/j3QY50BEIlA

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