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Operating as usual

USCGC Sea Fox was the last Marine Protector-class coastal patrol USCGC SEA FOX HEADING SOUTH BETWEEN ANDERSON ISLAND AND...
11/29/2020

USCGC Sea Fox was the last Marine Protector-class coastal patrol USCGC SEA FOX HEADING SOUTH BETWEEN ANDERSON ISLAND AND KETRON ISLAND THE OVERCAST MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, 2020, AROUND 2:10 PM. PICTURES BY ROBERT LYDEN, ANDERSON ISLAND, WA.
USCGC Sea Fox was the last Marine Protector-class coastal patrol boat to be built. Her home port is Bangor, Washington.[1][
Unlike most cutters in her class she is owned by the United States Navy, although she is staffed by United States Coast Guard personnel.[2] She and her sister ship, USCGC Sea Devil are employed to protect the Navy's largest submarines, the nuclear-armed Ohio class, while in and near their moorings in Puget Sound.[3] USCGC Sea Dragon and USCGC Sea Dog guard the submarine base in Kings Bay, Georgia. These four vessels mount an additional gyro-stabilized remotely controlled machine gun.

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SALUTE TO OUR LIFE SAVERS.  PICTURES BY ROBERT LYDEN - THEY ARE THE LIFE SAVERS WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THIS THANKSGIVING WE...
11/29/2020

SALUTE TO OUR LIFE SAVERS. PICTURES BY ROBERT LYDEN - THEY ARE THE LIFE SAVERS WE ARE THANKFUL FOR THIS THANKSGIVING WEEKEND 2020.

This is Why Our United States Coast Guard Is The best -Training. This Training was taking place at Cape Disappointment W...
11/28/2020

This is Why Our United States Coast Guard Is The best -Training. This Training was taking place at Cape Disappointment Wa. State in Long Beach WA. AREA. This is the most Dangerous Area in the USA and our Life Savers Train Constantly to prepare to Save Lives. What Amazing Brave Dedicated Individuals we have that Serve in our Coast Guard. Our Life Savers, and Protector's against Terrorists, Drug and Human Traffickers, and again our Life Savers. Thank You for doing what you do. Pictures by Robert Lyden, DSO, USCG Aux. D-13.

This is Why Our United States Coast Guard Is The best -Training. This Training was taking place at Cape Disappointment Wa. State in Long Beach WA. AREA. This is the most Dangerous Area in the USA and our Life Savers Train Constantly to prepare to Save Lives. What Amazing Brave Dedicated Individuals we have that Serve in our Coast Guard. Our Life Savers, and Protector's against Terrorists, Drug and Human Traffickers, and again our Life Savers. Thank You for doing what you do. Pictures by Robert Lyden, DSO, USCG Aux. D-13.

Volunteering with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary
11/26/2020

Volunteering with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary

11/23/2020
U.S. Coast Guard Station Chetco River

U.S. Coast Guard Station Chetco River

Combined footage over the last few days of surf drills here on Sporthaven Beach outside of Chetco River entrance.

#ReadyRelevantResponsive #trainmaintainoperate #alwaysready #SemperParatus #USCG

U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Bend
U.S. Coast Guard

11/15/2020

THIS MIGHT BE THE SAME TYPE OF TRAINING YOU MIGHT SEE THIS COMING MONDAY IN STEILACOOM ON OUR FERRIES. PICTURES BY ROBERT LYDEN. 11/15/2020.

THIS MIGHT BE THE SAME TYPE OF TRAINING YOU MIGHT SEE THIS COMING MONDAY IN STEILACOOM ON OUR FERRIES. PICTURES BY ROBER...
11/15/2020

THIS MIGHT BE THE SAME TYPE OF TRAINING YOU MIGHT SEE THIS COMING MONDAY IN STEILACOOM ON OUR FERRIES. PICTURES BY ROBERT LYDEN. 11/15/2020.
America's Waterway Watch added 17 new photos to the album:

Ferry Security Exercise.
March 7, 2016 ·

A look back:
MARITIME SECURITY
Ferry Security Measures Have Been Implemented, but Evaluating Existing Studies Could Further Enhance Security.

http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11207.pdf

Ferry Security Training Exercise involving USCG, US Customs and Border Patrol, and Local Police Department Personnel, and Vessels. Exercise held in Steilacoom WA. Pictures by Robert Lyden.

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11/11/2020

Veterans Day | 5 Things You Don't Know About.

Pride, courage, honor « Coast Guard COAST GUARD COMPASS.Posted by LT Stephanie Young, Monday, November 11, 2013Angel Swa...
11/11/2020
Pride, courage, honor « Coast Guard COAST GUARD COMPASS

Pride, courage, honor « Coast Guard COAST GUARD COMPASS.

Posted by LT Stephanie Young, Monday, November 11, 2013
Angel Swain is a Coast Guard spouse who comes from a long line of family members who have served; from parents and grandparents to children and grandchildren. In honor of Veterans Day, we asked her to share her thoughts on service and what Veterans Day means to her.

https://coastguard.dodlive.mil/2013/11/pride-courage-honor/?fbclid=IwAR1YA2M6qbK-hxcCidRwZxy7SpvkKlbO0BVkX0fO5OUi7BbxPZgc9i_L-50

Angel Swain is a Coast Guard spouse who comes from a long line of family members who have served; from parents and grandparents to children and grandchildren. In honor of Veterans Day, we asked her to share her thoughts on service and what Veterans Day means to her.

U.S. Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School
11/06/2020

U.S. Coast Guard National Motor Lifeboat School

Today was an awesome day for heavy weather tows! Conditions consisted of 10-12’ occasional 14-16’. Sometimes the boat completely disappeared behind the swell as it was being towed in. The drogue was used on the last round to ensure students had the opportunity to deploy it and see the importance of it towing in across the bar. Great job to everyone involved!

Admiral Charles Ray
11/05/2020

Admiral Charles Ray

The painful loss of LTJG Morgan Garrett has been felt throughout the Coast Guard. Today, it was my honor to preside over her memorial service at the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. She was posthumously promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade Garrett and awarded a Coast Guard Commendation Medal for her service to this country. Rest in peace LTJG Garrett.

10/08/2020
U.S. Coast Guard Heartland

U.S. Coast Guard Heartland

Do you have ditch kit on your boat? In today's Safe Boating Campaign video our boaters show the Coast Guard boarding team that they are prepared for a worst case scenario by having on board:

-a fire extinguisher
-a ditch kit with safety, survival, and signaling equipment
-a VHF digital selective calling radio, properly configured

Are there any other pieces of safety gear that you like to carry? Join the conversation at the U.S. Coast Guard Heartland Safe Boating group and let us know!

Homeland Threat AssessmentOctober 2020.ForewardIn my role as Acting Secretary, I receive intelligence, operational, law ...
10/08/2020
Homeland Security Digital Library

Homeland Threat Assessment
October 2020.

Foreward
In my role as Acting Secretary, I receive intelligence, operational, law enforcement, and other information on a daily basis.
This Homeland Threat Assessment (HTA), the rst of its kind for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), draws upon
all sources of information and expertise available to the Department, including from intelligence, law enforcement, and our operational Components. The result is
a “Whole-of-DHS” report on the threats to the Homeland. This HTA is as close as the American people will get to seeing and understanding the information that I see
as Secretary and that our employees see in their national security missions. As you read through the HTA you should have faith in knowing that these threats were identi ed using the best intelligence, operational information, and employee knowledge available to the Department.

Identifying Threats using a Whole-of-DHS Approach
The men and women serving in our operational Components are the experts in their national security and homeland security missions, making their insights critical in threat identi cation and prevention. Our operational Components provided information about the threats they see and combat in performance of their mission. DHS is the rst and last line of defense against many threats facing our
“DHS has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in positions that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, and our goal is clear — keeping America safe.” Secretary Chad Wolf, State of the Homeland, September 9, 2020
country. Our ability to mitigate these threats is predicated on our ability to understand them and to inform the American people. I hope
all Americans take a moment to review this HTA and visit DHS.gov to learn how they can protect themselves from these threats.

Today’s Threat Environment
Combatting terrorism will always be a priority to the Department of Homeland Security. Foreign terrorist organizations (FTO) still have the intent to attack the Homeland within
and from beyond our borders. In the 19 years since September 11th, 2001, the United States Government (USG), DHS, and our foreign partners have taken the ght directly to those responsible for the attacks on that day, and to other FTOs who seek to destroy our country based on an ill-informed and twisted ideology. We have enhanced our ability to identify
and prevent individuals a liated with these organizations from traveling or immigrating to the United States. We have enhanced security and processes at our airports, ports of entry, and beyond our borders. We have built the world’s greatest counterterrorism ecosystem to keep Americans safe. More speci cally, DHS has partnered with other USG agencies and foreign governments to raise the baseline for screening and vetting in the United States. In the last few years we have enhanced existing vetting programs, created the National Vetting Center (NVC), expanded biographic

https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=845195&utm_source=hsdl_cr&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=hsdl_cr_2020-10-08

From the Document: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is the first and last line of defense against the many threats facing our country. Our ab....

U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area
10/06/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area

Welcome home to the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf crew, who returned to Alameda, California, Saturday following a three-month, 15K mile, multi-mission patrol to the Eastern Pacific Ocean!

While deployed, the crew conducted counter-narcotics operations and partnered with the Ecuadorian navy to detect and deter potential Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in the vicinity of the Galapagos Islands.

Bertholf’s crews interdicted more than 6,700 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated wholesale value of more than $115 million during their patrol!

The crew also patrolled over 3,000 square nautical miles of Ecuadorian and international waters conducting the joint IUU patrol with the Ecuadorian navy.

Bertholf and the Ecuadorian naval vessel LAE Isla San Cristobal (LG-30), provided persistent presence and surveillance of fishing activity throughout the region during the week-long mission.

“The U.S. Coast Guard will seek to galvanize global efforts to detect and deter IUU fishing on the high seas and in exclusive economic zones (EEZs) of partner nations. Through the innovative use of intelligence, technology, data analysis, and information sharing, we will identify, target, and interdict illicit actors in the maritime domain to disrupt corrupt cycles of influence that enable illegal operations,” said Admiral Karl Schultz following the release of the IUU Fishing Strategic outlook.

On April 1, U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) began enhanced counter-narcotics operations in the Western Hemisphere to disrupt the flow of drugs in support of Presidential National Security Objectives. Numerous U.S. agencies from the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security cooperated to combat transnational organized crime. The Coast Guard, Navy, Customs and Border Protection, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with allied and international partner agencies, play a role in counter-drug operations.

Read about their patrol here: bit.ly/750_RTHP_20

#BZ to the crew!

U.S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay
10/04/2020

U.S. Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay

At approximately 1130 today the Station received a report from an alert park ranger at Rocky Creek state park of a man that had fallen from the rocks into the ocean and was struggling. The crew immediately launched the 47 MLB and arrived on scene in under 10 minutes and rescued the man from the frigid water. They administered first aid and promptly transferred the man to awaiting fire and rescue personnel at the Stations dock. The crews quick, safe and efficient actions undoubtedly saved a life today. Bravo Zulu shipmates, this is why we are here and why we serve!

April 21, 2019  · A Look Back:   Americas Waterway Watch - United States Coast GuardReport what you see that is unusual ...
09/27/2020

April 21, 2019 ·
A Look Back: Americas Waterway Watch - United States Coast Guard
Report what you see that is unusual activity on our Ferries and around Ferry Terminals:
Person(s) Engaged in Surveillance
You work in a business in the immediate vicinity of a ferry terminal, and you ride the ferry to and from work everyday. One day you observe a particular person taking pictures of the shore side -- unusual for people riding the ferry during "commute time." While at work you notice the same person board a ferry to a different destination, and return a few hours later. The next day you see the same person loitering around the terminal as passengers pass through security while boarding ferries -- at one point the person joins a group lining up to board a ferry, takes some pictures, but leaves the group without boarding. During the day you see this person making two round-trip ferry rides -- once wearing a large backpack, and once carrying a oversized briefcase. Over several days you notice the same person engaged in varied activity, at different times, all i

Americas Waterway Watch - United States Coast Guard
Report what you see that is unusual activity on our Ferries and around Ferry Terminals:
Person(s) Engaged in Surveillance

You work in a business in the immediate vicinity of a ferry terminal, and you ride the ferry to and from work everyday. One day you observe a particular person taking pictures of the shore side -- unusual for people riding the ferry during "commute time." While at work you notice the same person board a ferry to a different destination, and return a few hours later. The next day you see the same person loitering around the terminal as passengers pass through security while boarding ferries -- at one point the person joins a group lining up to board a ferry, takes some pictures, but leaves the group without boarding. During the day you see this person making two round-trip ferry rides -- once wearing a large backpack, and once carrying a oversized briefcase. Over several days you notice the same person engaged in varied activity, at different times, all in the vicinity of the ferry terminal.
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http://americaswaterwaywatch.uscg.mil/Suspicious_Activity.html

Picture in New Orleans by Robert Lyden)

09/26/2020
America's Waterway Watch

A King County Sheriff's Helicopter performed a rescue demonstration using a new rescue platform before a group of attendees at this year's Maritime Security West Conference in Tacoma WA. on August 18th, 2014. More information at: http://maritimesecuritywest.com/ Seattle Fire Department with the support of King County Sheriff's Office, and Tacoma Fire Dept. will be conducting an on-water rescue demonstration using the AirTEP (airborne tactical extrication platform) system from the King County Sheriff's Office rescue helicopter. This is not a common rescue demonstration and should not be missed. There only 6 known agencies in the US that own the AirTEP system and Seattle Fire - VIDEO BY ROBERT LYDEN, USCG AUX. DSO D-13.

A King County Sheriff's Helicopter performed a rescue demonstration using a new rescue platform before a group of attendees at this year's Maritime Security West Conference in Tacoma WA. on August 18th, 2014. More information at: http://maritimesecuritywest.com/ Seattle Fire Department with the support of King County Sheriff's Office, and Tacoma Fire Dept. will be conducting an on-water rescue demonstration using the AirTEP (airborne tactical extrication platform) system from the King County Sheriff's Office rescue helicopter. This is not a common rescue demonstration and should not be missed. There only 6 known agencies in the US that own the AirTEP system and Seattle Fire Dept. is one of the few that has it in use for on-water rescue. After the demonstration, the helicopter will be parked nearby for all participants to visit and see the latest in surveillance and navigational capabilities.
(Video by Robert Lyden)

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09/26/2020
America's Waterway Watch

Video by Robert Lyden, Pilot Vessel Picking up Pilot off the Cruse Ship Maasdam off of Boston Mass. Harbor this Summer. Normal Operation)

Where Should I Look for "Suspicious Activity"?
Watch for suspicious activities of vessels and individuals in locations such as:
•Under and around bridges, tunnels, or overpasses
•Near commercial areas or services like ports, fuel docks, cruise ships, or marinas.
•Near industrial facilities like power plants and oil, chemical, or water intake facilities.
•Near military bases and vessels, other government facilities, or security zones
•In and around passenger terminals, ferries,

Please report any Suspicious Activity. New Video by Robert Lyden, Pilot Vessel Picking up Pilot off the Cruse Ship Maasdam off of Boston Mass. Harbor this Summer. Normal Operation)

Where Should I Look for "Suspicious Activity"?

Watch for suspicious activities of vessels and individuals in locations such as:
•Under and around bridges, tunnels, or overpasses
•Near commercial areas or services like ports, fuel docks, cruise ships, or marinas.
•Near industrial facilities like power plants and oil, chemical, or water intake facilities.
•Near military bases and vessels, other government facilities, or security zones
•In and around passenger terminals, ferries, and day cruise lines
•Near railroad lines serving any of the above listed facilities.

You are NOT expected to patrol any particular area. Your expertise in recognizing suspicious activity is derived from your familiarity with surroundings you operate within while engaged in your normal work or recreation around the waterfront.

What is Suspicious Activity?

What do we mean by suspicious activity? Suspicious Activity is a pattern of behavior that arouses a "gut feeling" that something is not right. Trust your intuition, but remember it is the behavior of individuals that is suspicious, not their ethnic, religious, or national origin. For example, suppose you see people of an obviously different ethnic or national background fishing off a pier or near a secure facility. The mere fact that they are "different" is not important. People fishing near the water by itself is obviously not a suspicious activity. In fact, if they weren't fishing that might be a trigger to alert you they were engaging in Suspicious Activity.

Keeping in mind that "People aren't suspicious, behavior is," here are some situational examples of behaviors and activities that may help you determine what is suspicious and, thus, what should be reported:

Unusual Operation of a Small Boat, Accompanied by Videotaping/Still Photography

You observe a boat being operated aimlessly (with no apparent destination). The boat is occupied by three young to middle-aged people -- not a "family" as usually seen cruising these waters. A little while later you see the same boat, this time with two occupants, and it's movement is repetitive. It circles around bridge abutments for a while, and makes several passes alongside a shore side power plant, moored commercial vessels, and a ferry passenger terminal. You notice that the passenger is taking still and video pictures of the facilities. Later, you observe the boat picking up the third person from a public dock near the bridge. He boards the boat carrying a video camera and a notebook. These actions could indicate initial surveillance of a potential target and subsequent attack.

People Taking Still Photographs or Videotaping from the Shore

A white mid-sized four-door sedan pulls into a "view" area near a railway bridge, drops off two passengers, and departs. One of the passengers begins taking video pictures of the bridge, as well as a commuter train and a long freight train, which, headed in opposite directions, pass each other on the bridge about 15 minutes later. (As a frequent and long-time marina worker, you know this happens every weekday throughout the year). The second person appears to be taking notes, and occasionally glances at his left wrist as if checking a watch.

You continue down river, returning to your home marina just a quarter mile South. As you pull into the service dock, you notice what appears to be the same white sedan parked at water's edge in the marina parking lot. The driver is outside the car, and is in the process of packing a large video camera into its storage case. A few minutes later, he gets into his vehicle and drives away. People photographing or videotaping potential terrorist targets are engaged in activities that should be considered suspicious.

Person Running Away/Fleeing

You notice a person running away from an area close to a secure facility. Some questions should come to mind: Does this person's behavior or dress indicate he is more than the usual jogger? Does he appear to be someone just in a hurry, or does his running have a heightened sense of urgency or tension about it? It would be suspicious if he were looking about furtively, as if he were concerned about being observed or pursued.

Person(s) Engaged in Surveillance

You work in a business in the immediate vicinity of a ferry terminal, and you ride the ferry to and from work everyday. One day you observe a particular person taking pictures of the shore side -- unusual for people riding the ferry during "commute time." While at work you notice the same person board a ferry to a different destination, and return a few hours later. The next day you see the same person loitering around the terminal as passengers pass through security while boarding ferries -- at one point the person joins a group lining up to board a ferry, takes some pictures, but leaves the group without boarding. During the day you see this person making two round-trip ferry rides -- once wearing a large backpack, and once carrying a oversized briefcase. Over several days you notice the same person engaged in varied activity, at different times, all in the vicinity of the ferry terminal.

Could the activity be completely innocent and explainable? Of course. Could the person be engaged in surveillance in preparation for a terrorist attack? Perhaps. Is the behavior suspicious enough to report? Yes!

Person(s) Asking Unusual Questions

While you are working on a customer's boat, a stranger approaches you and strikes up a conversation. She says she is interested in renting dock space for her boat at the marina, and says, "I guess my boat will be pretty secure here since it's very close to the power plant across the bay, and I'm sure the area is heavily patrolled by the Coast Guard and police." She then presses you for more details about the type of land and water patrols, their frequency and their scheduling. The person may be asking legitimate questions, but may also be gathering information for a potential terrorist attack.

Suspicious Conditions -- Physical Breaches of Security

A chain link security fence topped by barbed wire has been erected around the abutments of a bridge you pass by every day. One day you notice that there is a large hole in the fence, large enough to allow a person to climb through. Even though you don't observe either anyone in the area or any object placed inside the fence, you are aware that the hole is large enough for an adult to crawl through.

Several hundred feet down the road, you also notice a car or truck parked in an unusual place -- very close to another security fence at a waterfront shipping facility. The vehicle could be used as a platform for terrorists or criminals to facilitate climbing over the fence to gain access to the secured area.

Both of these are suspicious conditions and physical breaches of security that should be reported, so the fence can be repaired and the vehicle moved.

Person Renting a Boat -- Examine the Totality of Conduct

You work at a business that rents small boats by the hour. In the process of renting a boat for the day "to do some fishing," two men ask about the "best fishing spots" on the bay and, pointing in the direction of the Navy Base to the north, ask if that might not be a good place to fish. You tell them, "No, the best fishing is in the South Bay area." They fill out the paperwork, and pay you the required deposit and "full day" rate with a credit card. Neither of them seems all that interested in the terms of the contract, nor in the fact that they are not entitled to a partial refund if they return before the end of the day. You then help them load the boat with obviously brand-new fishing equipment and two large coolers, and take the time to remind them, "It might be a good idea to buy some bait." After you check them out on operation of the boat, they leave the dock and head north in the direction of the Navy Base. The whole situation starts to seem strange to you, including the fact that the person's recently-issued drivers license provided as proof of identity, the bank credit card used for payment, and the license plate on their vehicle were from three different states. Individually, each of the oddities in this situation do not rise to the level of "suspicious behavior," but when viewed in their totality they do.

Identifying Suspicious Activity

Identifying suspicious activity starts with understanding the steps a terrorist group takes to plan an attack. The acronym SETS will help you understand the basic steps and indicators.

SURVEILLANCE involves photographing, videotaping, drawing and/or mapping or other means of monitoring a potential target. (Types of surveillance include fixed, mobile, progressive, creative, overt and covert.)

ELICITATION involves asking detailed questions in an attempt to gain knowledge of hidden or proprietary information. Things to keep in mind:

Listen carefully when engaged in a conversation with a stranger. When they begin to ask or inquire about guarded information you may be involved in, you can suspect that elicitation is being used. Remember, the conversation may seem totally innocent.

Avoid becoming a victim of elicitation by sharing proprietary, classified or guarded information only with those that possess a need to know; without exception. If you suspect that you are being targeted, simply reply to the elicitor's questions with an inquiring question of your own.

TESTS OF SECURITY are a tools used to develop timelines of authoritative response to a particular incident or occurrence. Staging an incident can be done to determine access vulnerability and/or establish a timeline for later use. Examples include (but are not limited to):
•Bomb threats
•Small fires (trash can/dumpster)
•Abandoned packages

A test of security is likely to occur in close proximity of a potential target or an integral component in the plan to attack a potential target.

SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR is displayed behavior that is out of place or out of character with the environment. Behavior is the key enabler. What activity is the person(s) engaging in that is out of place with the immediate environment (their surroundings)? If the activity is out of character, then that activity may be considered suspicious.

Remember, People are not Suspicious, Behavior is!
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Picture by Robert Lyden (Note: This picture is just of a normal Pilot Vessel approaching a Cruise Ship to Retrieve the Pilot)

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