Article Category: U.S. Coast Guard News

Coast Guard Cutter Healy Embarks on Arctic Ocean Mission

Coast Guard Cutter Healy Embarks on Arctic Ocean Mission

The Coast Guard cutter Healy and a team of researchers have embarked on a months-long mission to gain insight on how warmer water from the Atlantic Ocean is being introduced into the Arctic at the shelf water level, deep basin interior and upper ocean. The mission was announced by the U.S. Coast Guard on Aug. 26. According to the USCG, researchers from the National Science Foundation and International Arctic Research Center will service the Nansen and Amundsen Basins Observational System (NABOS), in hopes of developing an understanding of water circulation in the region and will sample the water column in areas normally inaccessible due to pack ice. Research findings would be of interest to the Crab Plan Team of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which has ongoing studies o...
Coast Guard Cutter Munro Visits Japan, South Korea

Coast Guard Cutter Munro Visits Japan, South Korea

The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro visited Yokosuka, Japan and the Republic of Korea during international port visits conducted in July and August. In Japan, the Munro conducted training and engagements with the Japan Coast Guard; in Gwangyang, South Korea, the cutter conducted several days of engagements and exchanges with the Korea Coast Guard. The Munro arrived Aug. 6 while deployed in the Indo-Pacific and hosted several members of the Japan Coast Guard for professional exchanges, including showcasing the Munro’s small boat and aerial capabilities and search-and-rescue operations. The visit allowed members of both services to discuss their dual mission objectives and share maritime security challenges.   The Munro’s commanding officer, Capt. Rula Deisher, said it has been a privile...
Coast Guard Cutter Returns After 57-Day Arctic Ocean-Bering Sea Patrol

Coast Guard Cutter Returns After 57-Day Arctic Ocean-Bering Sea Patrol

The Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley returned to its homeport of Kodiak, Alaska on Labor Day following a 57-day patrol in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea. The Alex Haley is a 282-foot Medium Endurance Cutter that performs search and rescue, fisheries law enforcement and vessel safety inspections across Alaska and has been homeported in Kodiak since 1999. Nicknamed the “Bulldog of the Bering,” the vessel supported multiple strategic-level objectives for the Seventeenth Coast Guard District and the U.S. Northern Command during its 57-day mission, including providing presence along the U.S. Maritime Boundary Line and supporting U.S. Navy assets during a transit through the Bering Sea. The cutter also navigated the Bering Strait into the Arctic Ocean, and crewmembers aboard the Alex Haley fu...
Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman 93 Miles Off San Diego Coast

Coast Guard Medevacs Fisherman 93 Miles Off San Diego Coast

A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew medically evacuated a 50-year-old male from the sport fishing vessel Spirit of Adventure about 93 miles west of Point Loma, on Aug. 16.  Crew aboard the Spirit of Adventure contacted Coast Guard Sector San Diego Joint Harbor Operations Center at about 1:40 p.m. requesting assistance for a passenger who was displaying symptoms of a heart attack. Watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Sector San Diego MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, including a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Special Tactics and Rescue (STAR) Team paramedic, to assist. Once on the scene, the helicopter crew recovered the patient and transported her to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. The patient was later reported to be in stable condition. 
U.S. Coast Guard Alaska Responds to Multiple Fishing Vessel Medevacs

U.S. Coast Guard Alaska Responds to Multiple Fishing Vessel Medevacs

On Aug. 25, Coast Guard District 17 command center personnel received a medevac request from the fishing vessel Northern Eagle at 6:20 a.m. for a 26-year-old crewmember experiencing abdominal pain. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter air crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak and hoisted the crewmember at 8:15 p.m. about 23 miles northwest of St Paul Island. The man was then flown to St. Paul where he was transferred to commercial emergency medical services at 9 p.m. for further care in Anchorage.   Also on Aug. 25, Coast Guard District 17 command center personnel received a medevac request from the fishing vessel Asian Majesty at 4:25 p.m. for a 41-year-old male crew member experiencing chest pain. At the time of the request, the vessel was about 483 miles southwest of Dutch Harbor a...
Coast Guard Investigates After Laser Strike Hits Boat Crew

Coast Guard Investigates After Laser Strike Hits Boat Crew

The U.S. Coast Guard opened an investigation and sought information from the public regarding a suspect or suspects who pointed a green laser light into the eyes of a Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay boat crew member west of the Tillamook Bay entrance near Garibaldi, Ore. Around 10:45 p.m. July 19, the 47-foot motor lifeboat crew reported that a laser was shined into the eyes of one of crew members while the vessel was conducting training operations about a mile offshore, northwest of the Tillamook Bay North Jetty. The boat crew reported the laser originated near Nedonna Beach or Manhattan Beach off the Oregon coast. Laser pointers can cause danger to Coast Guard air crews, boat crews and cutter crews due to glare, after-image, flash blindness or temporary loss of night vision. If a ...
Coast Guard, Customs Seize 223 Pounds  of Narcotics Off Long Beach, Calif.

Coast Guard, Customs Seize 223 Pounds of Narcotics Off Long Beach, Calif.

U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles–Long Beach and U.S. Customs and Border Protection recovered 223 pounds of cocaine on July 16 from a vessel that became disabled off the coast of Columbia. Two individuals on a disabled panga-style vessel flagged down a good Samaritan en route to Long Beach, Calif. The good Samaritan vessel recovered the two individuals and their boat. As they approached Long Beach, the crew contacted the Coast Guard to assist with disembarking the two individuals and recovering their boat. During that process, the crew notified the Coast Guard that drugs were possibly aboard the vessel. A subsequent search revealed that narcotics were concealed within a false bottom. U.S. Customs and Border Protection took the two individuals into custody and seized narcotics and the...
Coast Guard Engages in Military Exercises  with Japanese Training Ships

Coast Guard Engages in Military Exercises with Japanese Training Ships

The Coast Guard cutter Bertholf conducted training exercises with the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) in the Bering Sea and Dutch Harbor during a 120-day Bering Sea summer patrol in support of U.S. national security. The engagements at sea and shoreside, prior to the Bertholf’s return to homeport in Alameda, Calif. on Aug. 3, included multiple formations with JMSDF training ships Kashima and Hatakaze. All three ships came together with the Unalaska community and officials of the Qawalangin Tribe for a ceremony marking the 81st anniversary of World War II’s Battle of Dutch Harbor, to commemorate lives lost and to recognize partnerships built in the decades that followed. Rear Adm. Nathan A. Moore, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Seventeenth District, Unalaska Mayor Vincent Tuti...
Coast Guard Conducts Compliance  and Port Security Operation in Guam

Coast Guard Conducts Compliance and Port Security Operation in Guam

On June 15, a U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam team conducted a port state control examination on the 472-foot Singapore-flagged commercial cargo vessel Kota Raja at the Port of Guam. Examiners found no significant deficiencies aboard, but Coast Guard officials said the examination “highlights the importance and impact of mariners taking the port security requirements seriously.” “The attention paid by examiners conducting multiple compliance inspections and exams on vessels in the area highlights the strategic value of Guam’s port to the people of Guam and the wider region,” the Guard said in a statement. The port state control program helps ensure that foreign-flagged vessels calling on U.S. ports adhere to established safety and environmental regulations. By conductin...
Fishing Boat Operator Sentenced  for Human Smuggling, Ramming  Coast Guard Vessel

Fishing Boat Operator Sentenced for Human Smuggling, Ramming Coast Guard Vessel

A man who was piloting panga boat has been sentenced to prison following a December 2022 incident where he intentionally rammed a Coast Guard vessel while smuggling nearly a dozen migrants in the San Diego area. Jesus Alcaraz-Valdez was sentenced in federal court on July 12 to 60 months in prison for bringing in nearly a dozen undocumented migrants for financial gain and ramming a Coast Guard vessel in an attempt to escape law enforcement. During the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 2022, Alcaraz shuttled about 12 undocumented migrants from Mexico across the maritime boundary line to the vicinity of the Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California, near San Diego. Before reaching shore, Alcaraz instructed the passengers to remove lifejackets and enter waist-deep surf, even though some could...