U.S. Coast Guard conduct joint patrol with Kiribati partners under Operation Blue Pacific
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 23, 2024
TARAWA, Kiribati — In a significant advancement of regional maritime cooperation, the USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) crew successfully concluded a pivotal leg of its current expeditionary patrol in the Kiribati exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from Feb. 11 to 16, 2024. This leg marks a noteworthy engagement under Operation Blue Pacific, emphasizing the United States' commitment to strengthening ties and ensuring maritime security within the Pacific community.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star completes Operation Deep Freeze 2024 mission, departs Antarctica
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 23, 2024
SOUTHERN OCEAN — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) and crew departed McMurdo Station, Antarctica, Feb. 12, after operating for 51 days below the Antarctic Circle in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2024. The Polar Star and crew broke a 38-mile channel through fast ice to create a navigable route for vessels to reach McMurdo Station and escorted a cargo vessel and oil tanker through the ice to and from the station.
Coast Guard interdicts 3 lancha crews, seizes 2,160 pounds of illegally caught fish off Texas coast
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 23, 2024
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard interdicted three lanchas and seized 2,160 pounds of illegally caught fish in federal waters off southern Texas, Thursday.
US Coast Guard Cutter Thetis disrupts illegal narcotics trafficking during Caribbean deployment
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 23, 2024
KEY WEST, Fla. – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Thetis (WMEC 910) returned to their homeport in Key West on Friday following a 62-day patrol in the Central Caribbean Sea. Thetis worked in support of the Joint Interagency Task Force-South alongside partners to deter illegal narcotics trafficking in the Central Caribbean. With an embarked MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron and support from the USS Farragut (DDG 99), Thetis interdicted approximately 2,646 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of $34.8 million.
Coast Guard repatriates 25 migrants to Cuba
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 22, 2024
Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr’s crew repatriated 25 migrants to Cuba, Wednesday, following an interdiction of a migrant venture near Key West, Florida.
FEATURE RELEASE: Coast Guard creator makes waves in sneaker design
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 22, 2024
Kenneth Jones is a man who shows up – for his family, his community, and his country. Stationed at the Atlantic Area Communications Command Center in Norfolk, Virginia, Petty Officer Jones and his team help save lives at sea by delivering rapid, reliable, and secure communications operations to Coast Guard operational commanders, joint and interagency partners, civilian organizations, and the maritime public. 
Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking boat offshore Sabine, Texas
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 22, 2024
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard assisted two boaters whose vessel began taking on water 35 miles southeast of Sabine, Texas, Wednesday.
U.S. Coast Guard introduces cetacean desk, enhancing cetacean safety in Salish Sea
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 21, 2024
SEATTLE — U.S. Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound introduced a cetacean desk pilot program during a ceremony at Sector Puget Sound, Feb. 21.
Coast Guard to elicit chief engineer’s testimony for the Grande Costa D’Avorio Hearing
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 21, 2024
NEW YORK — The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have scheduled follow up witness testimony Thursday evening in support of the ongoing investigation into the fire that occurred on July 5, 2023 aboard the Italian-flagged cargo vessel, Grande Costa D’Avorio, while docked at the Port of Newark, New Jersey. Click on the link above to view full news release.
Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to oil spill in Charleston
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 20, 2024
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Coast Guard Sector Charleston and partner agencies concluded pollution response efforts for an oil product found in a water drain in Charleston, Feb 12.
Coast Guard repatriates 72 migrants to Dominican Republic, following unlawful migration voyage interdiction in the Mona Passage
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 20, 2024
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Doyle repatriated 71 migrants to San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Saturday, following the interdiction of an unlawful irregular migration voyage in the Mona Passage. The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Tezanos repatriated one other migrant from this case to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel, Monday, just off Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The interdiction occurred after the aircrew of a Customs and Border Protection multi-role enforcement aircraft detected a grossly overloaded makeshift vessel in Mona Passage waters southwest of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, Thursday night. The suspect vessel was transiting from the Dominican Republic to enter the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
Coast Guard suspends search for 4 missing men off Venice
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 20, 2024
CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Coast Guard suspended the search for four men missing off the coast of
Unified Command transitions authority of response for the grounded vessel near Bodega Bay
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 19, 2024
SAN FRANCISCO — The U.S. Coast Guard and California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response (CDFW-OSPR) transitioned the authority of lead responding agency to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (NOAA’s GFNMS) Monday.
Coast Guard rescues 4 from sinking vessel off Florida Keys
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 19, 2024
The Coast Guard rescued four people off a sinking boat south of Dry Tortugas National Park early Monday morning.
Coast Guard medevacs man near Port Fourchon, La.
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 17, 2024
VIDEO AVAILABLE: The Coast Guard medevaced a 56-year-old man Saturday from an offshore floating outer continental shelf facility, Helix Producer 1, approximately 95 miles south of Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard to unveil cetacean desk pilot program to reduce cetacean disturbances in Salish Sea
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 16, 2024
U.S. Coast Guard 13th District Public Affairs Office: 206-220-7237 Cell: 206-251-3237Editor’s note:
Unified Command continues response to grounded vessel near Bodega Bay
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 13, 2024
SAN FRANCISCO — The unified command and partner agencies continue to respond to the vessel grounded two miles southwest of Bodega Bay and mitigate any impacts to the environment. Initial efforts on Sunday and Monday to refloat the vessel at high tide were unsuccessful and an unknown volume of diesel discharged into the water during the tug operation on Monday February 12.
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returns home after 77-day patrol in the Florida Straits
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 13, 2024
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa (WMEC 902) and crew returned home Tuesday, following a 77-day maritime safety and security patrol in the Florida Straits. Tampa deployed in support of Homeland Security Task Force - Southeast (HSTF-SE) and Operation Vigilant Sentry (OVS), patrolling within the Coast Guard Seventh District’s area of responsibility. While underway, Tampa’s crew performed as Commander Task Unit (CTU) for operations in and around the Florida Straits, coordinating with other Coast Guard units to detect, deter, and intercept unsafe and illegal maritime migration ventures bound for the United States.
PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard Cutter Willow crew returns to homeport after 32-day patrol in Caribbean Sea
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 13, 2024
CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Coast Guard Cutter Willow (WLB 202) crew returned to their homeport in Charleston, Saturday, after a 32-day patrol throughout the Caribbean Sea.
Coast Guard interdicts 6 lancha crews, seizes 1,300 pounds of illegal fish off Texas coast
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 13, 2024
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard interdicted six lanchas and seized 1,300 pounds of illegally caught fish in federal waters off southern Texas last week.
M/V Genius Star XI departs Dutch Harbor, Alaska, concluding response operations
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 12, 2024
M/V Genius Star XI departed Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Sunday en route its intended destination in San Diego, California.
Coast Guard repatriates 33 migrants to Haiti
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 12, 2024
MIAMI – Coast Guard Cutter Benard C. Webber’s crew repatriated 33 migrants to Haiti, Monday,
Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel near Bodega Bay
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 10, 2024
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard responded to a report of a grounded vessel Friday night at Sonoma
Coast Guard Cutter Dependable returns home after 59-day patrol in the Florida Straits and Windward Passage
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 10, 2024
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable (WMEC 626) returned to their home port in Virginia Beach, Saturday, following a 59-day maritime safety and security patrol in the Florida Straits and Windward Passage. Dependable and crew members deployed in support of Homeland Security Task Force-Southeast (HSTF-SE) and Operation Vigilant Sentry (OVS) while patrolling in the Coast Guard Seventh District’s area of operations. Dependable’s crew conducted illegal migration deterrence and interdiction operations while collaborating with other Coast Guard and interagency assets across the region to protect life at sea and secure U.S. maritime borders.
U.S. Coast Guard, Navy Helicopter Squadron execute critical medical evacuation of Filipino mariner offshore of Saipan
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 9, 2024
SANTA RITA, Guam — In a display of exceptional interagency cooperation, a commercial mariner in urgent need of medical care was safely evacuated to Guam on Feb. 9, 2024, thanks to the swift actions of the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy's Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25). "This successful medical evacuation underscores the strong partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard, HSC-25, and Guam Fire Rescue. Our commitment to the safety of mariners in distress is unwavering, and today's mission exemplifies that dedication," said Cmdr. Greg Sickels, deputy commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam (CGFMSG), highlighting the seamless collaboration.
Coast Guard Academy Alum set to graduate from NASA Astronaut program
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 9, 2024
Astronaut Candidate Andre Douglas ‘08 is in the final stretch of more than two years of training to earn his wings from NASA and become eligible for spaceflight. Douglas will join two other CGA alums who served as astronauts, Bruce Melnick ’72 and Daniel Burbank ’85 who is currently a Professor of Practice in the Mechanical Engineering program at the Academy.   
Coast Guard repatriates 28 migrants to Dominican Republic, following unlawful migration voyage interdiction in the Mona Passage
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 8, 2024
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley repatriated 28 migrants to Dominican Republic, Wednesday. The repatriated migrants included two other migrants from a separate case.
Coast Guard medevacs 76-year-old man from cruise ship near Monterey
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 7, 2024
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard medically evacuated a 76-year-old man from a cruise ship
Responders conduct successful pollution training, supporting Guam's spill response readiness
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 7, 2024
SANTA RITA, Guam — Responders and the U.S. Coast Guard held a three-day oil spill response certification course required under the Code of Federal Regulations for First Responder Operations Level Training given at Cabras Marine Guam from Jan. 17 - 19, 2024, focused on operational requirements for responding to pollution spills, particularly with oil spill recovery organizations. "We had the opportunity to take part in and observe their strategy, and they successfully finished the exercise by showcasing their professional knowledge and response skills," stated Lt. j.g. Whip Blacklaw, chief of the Incident Management Division at U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam.
U.S. Coast Guard to discontinue seasonal sound signals at Umpqua River and Yaquina Bay
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 7, 2024
The U.S. Coast Guard is set to permanently discontinue the seasonal Sound Signals at Umpqua River South Jetty Sound Signal (LLNR 9247) and Yaquina Bay. The U.S. Coast Guard will cease their use with the conclusion of the 2024 spring installation.
U.S. Coast Guard sails to outer islands of Federated States of Micronesia with needed equipment and supplies
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 6, 2024
POHNPEI, Federated States of Micronesia — The USCGC Oliver Henry (WPC 1140) crew arrived at Dekhitik Harbor in Pohnpei on Feb. 1 as part of an international effort to deliver essential supplies and equipment to the drought-affected outer islands of Nukuoro and Kapingamarangi Atolls. Due to the El Niño weather phenomenon, these remote communities required immediate assistance, including water purification solutions, to combat the scarcity of potable water.
U.S Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast decommissioned after 56 years of service
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 6, 2024
ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard decommissioned the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) during a ceremony, Thursday, in Astoria.
Coast Guard publishes revised temporary deviation for Okeechobee Waterway, St. Lucie River Railroad Bridge
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 6, 2024
MIAMI – The Coast Guard is seeking comment on the updated temporary deviation from the operating
U.S. Coast Guard supports joint cast and recovery training in Guam
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 6, 2024
SANTA RITA, Guam — In a demonstration of inter-service cooperation and expertise, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Apra Harbor's 45-foot Response Boat-Medium supported an intricate cast and recovery training exercise in Apra Harbor on Feb. 1, 2024. This vital training involved collaboration with the U.S. Army Scouts from the 3rd Squadron, 4th U.S. Cavalry Raiders of the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), 25th Infantry Division, and the U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 - the "Island Knights," based at Andersen Air Force Base.
A Coast Guard Sector San Diego aircrew responds to a medical emergency 150 miles west of San Diego
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 5, 2024
SAN DIEGO – A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew medically evacuates an 88-year-old female passenger from the cruise ship Queen Victoria, located approximately 150 miles west of San Diego, Monday morning. 
Update: Missing sailing vessel Malulani arrives in Hawaii
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 5, 2024
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The missing individual, 60-year-old Noel Rubio, arrived safely in Hawaii with his sailing boat “Malulani” on Saturday.
U.S. Coast Guard strengthens ties with the Marshall Islands Sea Patrol, Australian Pacific Maritime Security Program in Majuro
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 4, 2024
SANTA RITA, Guam — U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam personnel conducted a series of engagements in Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), from Jan. 24-29, 2024. This visit marks a continuation of efforts to enhance the U.S. Coast Guard's positive relationship with the Marshall Islands, particularly its maritime law enforcement entity, the RMI Sea Patrol. This trip highlights the enduring partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard, its Pacific Island partners under the Compact of Free Association (COFA), and the resident U.S. State Department team.
PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard rescues 3 after sailing vessel sinks near St. Marys Inlet
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 4, 2024
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued three people, Sunday, after their sailing vessel sank 1 mile north of the entrance to St. Marys Inlet, Georgia.
Coast Guard searching for sailing vessel Malulani navigating from LA to Hawaii
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 2, 2024
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking the assistance of the maritime community in the search for 60-year-old Noel Rubio and the sailing boat “Malulani.”
Coast Guard rescues 2 French boaters from disabled sailing vessel, approximately 147 miles south of Puerto Rico
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 2, 2024
Coast Guard Cutters Vigilant and Richard Dixon crews rescued two boaters from a disabled sailing vessel, Thursday, in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 147 nautical miles south of Puerto Rico. Rescued are French citizens Robert Punginier, 77, and Marie Claude Durand, 50, who reportedly were disabled and adrift for over seven days.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo crew conducts engagements with Cayman Islands Coast Guard
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 2, 2024
The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Isaac Mayo (WPC-1112) visited Georgetown, Jan. 9-11, 2024, to meet with Cayman Islands maritime security stakeholders.
Coast Guard suspends search for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel in Camuy, Puerto Rico
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 2, 2024
The Coast Guard suspended the search for additional possible survivors of a capsized migrant boat just off the coast of Camuy, Puerto Rico, Thursday evening. So far, response agencies recovered two deceased migrants from the water and rescued 30 survivors, who remain in federal custody.  “We pray for the families of the deceased and of those whose fate remains unknown,” said Capt. José E. Díaz, Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander.  “We remind people that the dangers of unlawful irregular maritime migration voyages are always present.  I extend my thanks and appreciation to all Coast Guard, partner agency responders and the Good Samaritans who were instrumental in saving lives and preventing further loss of life in this case.”
Coast Guard, partners join forces for humpback whale safety
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 1, 2024
HONOLULU – The U.S. Coast Guard joins partners during Operation Koholā Guardian to reduce risk to humpback whales among the Hawaiian Islands, Jan. 1 through March 31, 2024.
Coast Guard, federal, local interagency responders search for possible survivors of capsized migrant vessel in Camuy, Puerto Rico
PRESS RELEASE | Feb. 1, 2024
Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrews and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley continue searching with federal and local emergency response agencies, Thursday, for additional possible survivors of a capsized migrant boat just off the coast of Camuy, Puerto Rico. So far, response agencies recovered two deceased migrants from the water and rescued 30 survivors, who remain in federal custody.  Two survivors were transported to a local hospital Wednesday, including a four-month pregnant woman.
Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to fire in Baltimore's Inner Harbor
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 31, 2024
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Coast Guard, Dominican Republic Navy rescue 33 migrants from disabled makeshift vessel in the Mona Passage
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 31, 2024
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Coast Guard and Dominican Republic air and surface crews rescued 33 migrants from a disabled vessel, approximately 20 nautical miles northeast of Macao, Dominican Republic, The survivors were taking part in an unlawful irregular migration voyage from the Dominican Republic when their makeshift vessel became disabled and was reported to be taking on water.
Coast Guard honors legacy; Final Makapu’u Lighthouse keeper returns after 50 years
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 31, 2024
HONOLULU — Ron Cianfarani, retired U.S. Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty Officer and the final manual caretaker of the Makapu’u Lighthouse, received a guided tour from the Coast Guard’s Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) Honolulu, Jan. 24, 2024.
Coast Guard repatriates 28 migrants to Dominican Republic, following interdiction of unlawful migration voyage in the Mona Passage
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 31, 2024
Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley’s crew repatriated 28 migrants to Dominican Republic, Tuesday, following the interdiction of an overloaded makeshift vessel in Mona Passage waters off the western coast of Puerto Rico.   One of the repatriated migrants transferred to Dominican Republic authorities has a standing warrant in the Dominican Republic for homicide.
M/V Genius Star XI docks in Dutch Harbor, Alaska
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 30, 2024
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Unified Command confirmed today that the M/V Genius Star XI docked in Dutch
A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew medically evacuates two passengers off a cruise ship near San Diego
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 30, 2024
SAN DIEGO — A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew medically evacuates a 56-year-old male passenger and a 77-year-old male passenger from a cruise ship approximately 13 miles off the coast of San Diego Tuesday morning. 
Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley returns to Kodiak from Bering Sea patrol
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 30, 2024
The crew of USCGC Alex Haley (WMEC-39) returned home to Kodiak on Monday following a 45-day winter Bering Sea patrol during which they conducted domestic fisheries enforcement, responded to search and rescue, and conducted several shipboard training exercises.
Coast Guard to conduct additional testimony for the Grande Costa D’Avorio Hearing
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 30, 2024
NEW YORK — The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have scheduled follow up witness testimony on Wednesday and Friday in support of the ongoing investigation into the fire that occurred on July 5, 2023 aboard the Italian-flagged cargo vessel, Grande Costa D’Avorio, while docked at the Port of Newark, New Jersey. Click on the link above to view full news release.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard will conduct commissioning for new Mardi Gras float
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 30, 2024
MEDIA ADVISORY: Media are invited to attend as the Coast Guard commissions its new Mardi Gras float for this year's carnival season
Coast Guard Cutter Resolute returns home, offloads approximately $55M worth of drugs in Tampa Bay
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 29, 2024
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard Cutter Resolute (WMEC 620) and crew returned from a 60-day counterdrug patrol and offloaded approximately $55 million worth of illicit narcotics, Monday, in Tampa Bay. Patrolling in support of Joint Interagency Task Force - South, the Resolute crew stopped two suspected drug trafficking ventures, preventing 6,565 pounds of marijuana and approximately 3,700 pounds of cocaine from entering the United States, and detained six suspected traffickers. The drugs were seized in the international waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Supporting the Resolute was an embarked MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew from the Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, and a law enforcement detachment from Tactical Law Enforcement Team - South.
US Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton is the first US government vessel to moor at Panamanian cruise terminal
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 29, 2024
PANAMA CITY — The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton (WMSL 753) arrived at the newly constructed Amador Cruise Terminal, in Panama City, Panama, Wednesday, becoming the first U.S. government vessel to moor at this facility. Hamilton’s crew hosted members from the U.S. Embassy in Panama, senior members of Panamanian law enforcement agencies, and an official from the terminal.
Coast Guard holds memorial to honor fallen crew members of Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 28, 2024
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Coast Guard crew members from across the country held a memorial service honoring the fallen crewmembers from Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn, Sunday, at the Blackthorn Memorial site in St. Petersburg.
Coast Guard Cutter Confidence returns to Cape Canaveral after 60-day patrol in the Windward Passage and Florida Straits
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 27, 2024
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Confidence (WMEC 619) returned to their homeport in Cape Canaveral, Friday, following a 60-day deployment in the Windward Passage and Florida Straits.
PHOTO RELEASE: Greater Charleston designated an official Coast Guard Community
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 26, 2024
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A ceremony designating Greater Charleston as an official Coast Guard community was held Friday at the South Carolina Ports Cruise Terminal in Charleston. 
PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard holds groundbreaking ceremony for new Base Charleston campus
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 26, 2024
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Coast Guard Base Charleston held a groundbreaking ceremony, Friday, for a new 64-acre campus in North Charleston.
Coast Guard Station Kenosha rescues dog from icy waters
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 25, 2024
MILWAUKEE – Members of Coast Guard Station Kenosha rescued a dog from the icy waters near the Great Lakes Yacht Club in Kenosha Harbor, Wisconsin, today.
Coast Guard medevacs 1 from oil platform 130 miles offshore Brownsville, Texas
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 25, 2024
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard medevaced one ailing crewman from an oil platform approximately 130 miles south of Brownsville, Texas, Wednesday.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard to hold Blackthorn memorial service in Galveston, Texas
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 25, 2024
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a Blackthorn memorial service in Galveston, Texas, Sunday.
Coast Guard to conduct emergency response training with state, international partners
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 25, 2024
DULUTH, Minn. – The Coast Guard is partnering with nearly 100 emergency responders to participate in the Great Lakes Forest Fire Compact’s Section Chief's Academy (Academy) in Duluth on Jan. 29, 2024.
Coast Guard responds to grounded vessels on Maui
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 24, 2024
HONOLULU - The Coast Guard has concluded its response to two separate incidents involving grounded vessels on the coast of Maui.
Media Availability: Coast Guard to hold 44th anniversary memorial for the crew of Cutter Blackthorn
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 24, 2024
Editor’s Note: Media interested in attending the ceremony are requested to RSVP no later than 3
Coast Guard rescues 33 people from sinking vessel off Haiti
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 24, 2024
MIAMI — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Dependable rescued 33 people, Monday, after their vessel began taking on water approximately 6 miles north of Cap-Haitien, Haiti.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard to recognize Greater Charleston as official Coast Guard Community
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 24, 2024
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to formally recognize Greater Charleston as a Coast Guard Community, Friday, during a ceremony at the South Carolina Ports Cruise Terminal.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard to hold groundbreaking ceremony for new Base Charleston campus in North Charleston
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 24, 2024
CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for Base Charleston’s new campus, Friday, in North Charleston.
U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security Program bolsters maritime security in the pacific
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 23, 2024
HONOLULU – The U.S. Coast Guard’s International Port Security (IPS) Program is making waves in strengthening maritime security across the Pacific, with representatives from Coast Guard Activities Far East (FEACT) recently conducting successful assessments in both Tuvalu and Taiwan.
Coast Guard, Puerto Rico Police rescue 3 boaters from capsized vessel just off Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 23, 2024
Coast Guard and Puerto Rico Police air and surface crews rescued three boaters from a capsized vessel just off Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico, Tuesday. Rescued are Abdiel Alvarez, 21, Carlos Rosado, 23, and Jerry Mendez, 21, after the 18-foot vessel ‘La Chupi’ capsized and the men were able to successfully climb on top of the overturned vessel. 
Coast Guard rescues 9 from ice floe on Lake Erie
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 23, 2024
CLEVELAND — The Coast Guard rescued nine people from an ice floe on Lake Erie, near Catawba Island, Monday.
Coast Guard crewmembers rescues a mariner and his dog near the Zuniga Jetty in San Diego
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 22, 2024
SAN DIEGO — Coast Guard Sector San Diego crewmembers rescues a 48-year-old mariner and his dog after he became trapped on his 30-foot sailing vessel near the Zuniga Jetty in San Diego, Monday morning.
Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel off the coast of Maui
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 22, 2024
HONOLULU - The Coast Guard is responding to a passenger ferry that ran aground near Maalaea Harbor, Maui, on Monday. At 5:05 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received notification from the small passenger vessel Expeditions Five, a 55-foot ferry with three crew members on board, that they had run aground near the entrance to Maalaea Harbor.
Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 4 people after vessel capsized near Kodiak
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 22, 2024
Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 4 people after vessel capsized near Kodiak
Coast Guard, partner agencies enforce Gasparilla safety zone
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 22, 2024
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and partner agencies will be enforcing a safety zone for the Gasparilla Parade, Saturday, on Tampa Bay from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Coast Guard concludes public hearing for Grande Costa D’Avorio
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 18, 2024
NEW YORK — The Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) concluded their formal public hearing proceedings for the Grande Costa D’Avorio Thursday in Union, New Jersey. Click on the link above to view full news release.
Unified Command completes pollution removal from tug Mazapeta with the raising and lightering of tug
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 17, 2024
The Unified Command and its contractors have completed petroleum product and hazardous material removal efforts from the tug Mazapeta, Wednesday. The Mazapeta, a 1940s era military tugboat, sunk Sept. 4, 2023, in Little Potato Slough within the San Joaquin Delta, northwest of Stockton, with approximately 1,600 gallons of diesel and engine oil reported to be onboard at the time of the incident.
UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search for missing man near Bolivar Peninsula, Texas
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 17, 2024
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard has suspended its search at 7:32 p.m. Tuesday for a missing crew member near Bolivar Peninsula, Texas.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane holds change of home port ceremony
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 17, 2024
HONOLULU – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane (WMEC 903) and crew held a ceremony celebrating their recent home port shift to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Tuesday, which was presided by Adm. Steven Poulin, vice commandant, U.S. Coast Guard. The Harriet Lane is U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area’s newest Indo-Pacific support cutter. Harriet Lane and crew departed Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, November 2023, and arrived at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 2023, after transiting more than 8,000 nautical miles for over 36-days.
Update 2: U.S. Coast Guard restores VHF-FM radio communications Guam
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 17, 2024
SANTA RITA, Guam — The U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam crews successfully resolved the Rescue 21 issue, restoring VHF-FM radio communications in the Mariana Islands on the evening of Jan. 16, 2024. "We express our sincere gratitude for the public's patience and support from our partners during this brief communication disruption; ensuring the safety of all individuals remains our top priority," said Lt. Kira Adams, the command center chief at U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam's Joint Rescue Sub-Center. "In the face of ever-evolving challenges, our Information Systems and Electronics Technicians demonstrated significant fortitude and diligence."
Coast Guard medevacs U.S. citizen passenger from MS Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship 100 miles north Puerto Rico
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 16, 2024
A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew conducted the medical evacuation (MEDEVAC) of a passenger from the MS Nieuw Amsterdam cruise ship Monday afternoon, approximately 100 nautical miles north of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. A woman, 81, U.S. citizen, who experienced an open fracture injury in her left ankle required a higher level of medical care ashore.
Coast Guard suspends search for boater ejected from vessel near Coki Point Beach in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 16, 2024
Coast Guard air and surface crews suspended the search for a missing boater, Monday afternoon, in the vicinity of Coki Point Beach and Thatch Cay in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Still Missing is Davaughn Todman, 51, who reportedly was ejected from a 30-foot white power boat after the vessel crashed and spun out of control several times. The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency and St. Thomas Rescue continue leading ongoing efforts in this case. 
Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for missing man near Bolivar Peninsula, Texas
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 16, 2024
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard, along with local partner agencies, is searching for a missing crew member near Bolivar Peninsula, Texas, Tuesday.
VIDEO AVAILABLE: Coast Guard conducts 2 medevacs off the Texas coast
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 15, 2024
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard medevaced an oil tanker crewman Saturday and a boy from a cruise ship Monday offshore Texas
Coast Guard suspends search around downed aircraft near Half Moon Bay
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 15, 2024
SAN FRANCISCO — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for possible survivors of a downed aircraft
Update 1: U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam continues to troubleshoot temporary VHF-FM radio communication disruption
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 14, 2024
SANTA RITA, Guam — U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam continues to address the ongoing temporary U.S. Coast Guard outage of VHF-FM radio communications, which is integral for maritime safety, on Jan. 15, 2024. "Our dedicated team of technicians is actively working to restore our full functionality as swiftly as possible," said Lt. Kira Adams, command center chief at the Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam Joint Rescue Sub-Center. "We understand the importance of VHF-FM radio communications for maritime safety and appreciate the patience and cooperation of the maritime community during this period. The safety and well-being of our mariners and waterway users remain our top priority."
Coast Guard searches for boater ejected from vessel near Coki Point Beach in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 14, 2024
Coast Guard air and surface crews are searching for a missing boater, Sunday, in the vicinity of Coki Point Beach and Thatch Cay in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.  Missing is Todman Davaughn, 51, who reportedly was ejected from a 28 to 30-foot white power boat after the vessel crashed and spun out of control several times.
PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Agencies respond to oil discharge near Venice, LA
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 13, 2024
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and Texas Petroleum Investment Company (TPIC) are responding to an oil spill near Venice, Louisiana.
Coast Guard concludes search for overturned vessel, releases survivor names
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 12, 2024
JUNEAU, Alaska - After 88 hours of searching over more than 850 nautical miles, the Coast Guard has suspended vessel relocation efforts Friday afternoon for an overturned vessel, pending the development of new information.
Coast Guard repatriates 53 migrants to Dominican Republic, following interdiction of unlawful migration voyage in the Mona Passage 
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 12, 2024
Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier’s crew repatriated 53 migrants to Dominican Republic, Friday, following the interdiction of an overloaded makeshift vessel in Mona Passage waters off the western coast of Puerto Rico.    Cutter Joseph Napier’s crew transferred the migrant group to a Dominican Republic Navy vessel just off Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 
MEDIA ADVISORY: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane to hold home port shift ceremony
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 12, 2024
Who: Adm. Steven Poulin, vice commandant, U.S. Coast Guard; Vice Adm. Andrew Tiongson, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area; Cmdr. Nicole Tesoniero, commander, U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane (WMEC 903) What: U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane (WMEC 903) and crew home port shift ceremony Where: Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, 1000 North Rd, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96860 When: Tuesday, January 16 at 9 a.m. Editor's Note: Media should RSVP by Monday, January 15 by 12 p.m. to Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Fisher at ryan.m.fisher@uscg.mil
Coast Guard Cutter Midgett returns to home port after a 129-day Alaska patrol
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 12, 2024
HONOLULU – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Midgett (WMSL 757) and crew completed a 129-day deployment that included readiness training in and around southern California and 50 days on patrol in the Bering Sea, before returning to their home port in Honolulu.
Video Release: Coast Guard, partners host Nigerian delegation to showcase maritime security implementation at Port Tampa Bay
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 12, 2024
CLEARWATER, Fla. — Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg Facilities Compliance Branch and Activities
U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam experiencing temporary VHF-FM radio communication disruption
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 12, 2024
SANTA RITA, Guam — U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam advises the public the Joint Rescue Sub-Center is currently experiencing an interruption in receiving communications over VHF-FM radio via the Rescue 21 towers, Jan. 12, 2024. This disruption is an unintended consequence of a routine and pre-planned router relocation to enhance our operational capabilities. During the shift, watchstanders transferred the guard to listen to the VHF-FM communications to colleagues in Hawaii, similar to the precautions taken during Typhoon Mawar. However, upon transferring listening back to watchstanders, it was determined neither watchstanders in Guam nor Hawaii could now hear traffic on VHF-FM. The Rescue 21, the advanced maritime computing, command, control, and communication system designed to locate mariners in distress efficiently, is not fully operational. Technicians are diligently working to resolve the issue. However, at this time, there is yet to be an estimated time for the return to full operational service.
Coast Guard rescues 9 migrants from sunken vessel near Dominican Republic
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 11, 2024
MIAMI — Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier’s crew and a unit from the Dominican Republic Navy combined efforts to rescue nine migrants from an unseaworthy vessel that sank near the coast of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Coast Guard reports fatality following counter drug mission in Caribbean Sea
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 11, 2024
MIAMI – A Coast Guard crew’s airborne use of force to stop a non-compliant vessel suspected of smuggling illicit narcotics in the Caribbean Sea resulted in a fatality on January 02, 2024.
Coast Guard, partners responding to two grounded vessels off the coast of Maui
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 11, 2024
HONOLULU --- The Coast Guard continues to respond to vessels that ran aground near Lahaina, Maui on Monday and Sugar Beach, Maui on Tuesday.
Video Release: Coast Guard, partner agencies rescue three people from overturned vessel, find two deceased near Sitka, Alaska
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 10, 2024
JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to an overturned vessel near Chichagof Island, Tuesday evening, and recovered three survivors and located two deceased individuals.
Unified Command scheduled to begin petroleum removal efforts on Tug Mazapeta
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 10, 2024
Contractors under the direction of a unified command will begin petroleum removal efforts on the Tug Mazapeta, January 12. The Mazapeta, a 1940s era military tugboat, sunk Sept. 4, 2023, in Little Potato Slough within the San Joaquin Delta, northwest of Stockton with approximately 1,600 gallons of diesel and engine oil were reported onboard at the time of the incident.
Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel off the coast of Maui
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 10, 2024
HONOLULU - The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel that broke free of its mooring and ran aground near Sugar Beach, Maui, Tuesday.
Coast Guard offloads more than $32 million in illegal narcotics
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 9, 2024
MIAMI – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell offloaded more than 2,450 pounds of cocaine with an assessed street value of approximately $32.2 million in Miami, Tuesday.
Coast Guard responds to grounded vessel off Maui
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 9, 2024
HONOLULU - The Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a foreign flagged sailing vessel that ran aground near Lahaina, Maui on Monday.
U.S. Coast Guard urges preparedness as hazardous maritime conditions approach
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 9, 2024
The U.S. Coast Guard is actively monitoring and preparing for the impact of hazardous maritime conditions in Washington and Oregon waters. Strong winds through the coastal waters and high surf conditions with large breakers will create hazardous conditions along the coast. Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the public, and we urge all mariners and members of the public in the region to take precautions to ensure their safety.
Coast Guard to hold public hearing for Newark ship fire
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 9, 2024
NEW YORK — The Coast Guard, in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board, is scheduled to begin a formal public hearing Wednesday to consider evidence related to the fire that occurred aboard the Italian-flagged cargo vessel, Grande Costa D’Avorio, while docked at the Port of Newark, New Jersey. Click the link above to view the full news release.
Coast Guard urges caution as winter storm impacts Mid-Atlantic region
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 9, 2024
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard urges the maritime community to exercise caution as the
Coast Guard stops illegal charter violating federal captain of the port order off Bradenton
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 8, 2024
CLEARWATER, Fla. — A Coast Guard Station Cortez law enforcement crew terminated an illegal uninspected small passenger vessel-for-hire operating on Anna Maria Sound, Thursday.
Multi-agency rescue operation led by U.S. Coast Guard successfully saves 6 boaters near Guam
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 6, 2024
SANTA RITA, Guam — U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam, in partnership with Guam Fire Rescue and U.S. Navy Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25), successfully conducted a search and rescue operation for a distressed vessel 30 miles northwest of Guam, on Jan. 6, 2023, saving six boaters. "This successful rescue operation highlights the strength of our partnerships and our commitment to saving lives at sea. Working seamlessly with our partners at Guam Fire Rescue, U.S. Navy HSC-25, and other agencies, we ensured a swift and effective response despite the conditions, including scattered showers and 6-foot waves," said Lt. Chelsea Garcia, the search and rescue mission coordinator for the operation. "Our coordinated efforts demonstrate our collective resolve to uphold maritime safety and security."
Air circulation begins on Genius Star XI
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 6, 2024
JUNEAU, Alaska — The Salvage Marine Firefighting team began implementing the air circulation plan
U.S. Coast Guard ensures safety, facilitates commerce in Certificate of Compliance exam on MSC Bellissima at Port of Guam
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 5, 2024
SANTA RITA, GUAM — In a vital operation reflecting its commitment to community and maritime safety, U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam successfully conducted a Certificate of Compliance (COC) examination on the MSC Bellissima, a 1,036-foot cruise ship flagged out of Malta, at the Port of Guam on Jan. 3, 2023. This examination underscores the U.S. Coast Guard's role in maritime safety and its integral part in bolstering local commerce and tourism, which are lifelines of the island's economy.
Coast Guard to discuss details for upcoming hearing regarding Newark ship fire investigation
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 5, 2024
WHO: Cmdr. Chris Barger, the Coast Guard’s lead investigating officer WHAT: Coast Guard to discuss details of upcoming hearing for the investigation into the cause of the fire aboard the Grande Costa D’Avorio WHEN: Tuesday at 1 p.m. WHERE: Union Township City Council Chambers at 1976 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083. Click the link above to view full news release.
Washington-based service member selected as 2023 Coast Guard Engineer of the Year
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 5, 2024
Lt. Lena “Lexie” Royster, a mechanical engineer in the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Center, in Washington, was selected as the 2023 Coast Guard Engineer of the Year.
Photo Release: Work continues with M/V Genius Star XI response
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 4, 2024
JUNEAU, Alaska — M/V Genius Star XI remains stable, anchored in Broad Bay, near Dutch Harbor,
Coast Guard to hold public hearing for Newark ship fire
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 4, 2024
NEW YORK — The Coast Guard, in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board, is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing Jan. 10 - 18 to consider evidence related to the fire that occurred aboard the Italian-flagged cargo vessel Grande Costa D’Avorio while docked at the Port of Newark, New Jersey. Click the link above to view full news release.
U.S. Coast Guard team advances maritime safety in Palau with workshops and equipment donation
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 4, 2024
KOROR, Palau — In a critical effort to enhance maritime safety, a team from U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam (FM/SG) led a series of Safe Boating Workshops in the Republic of Palau from Dec. 26-30, 2023. The initiative, part of a broader commitment to regional safety and cooperation, involved hands-on training and donating vital safety equipment to local boaters. The workshops coincided with the USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) visit to Palau, marking a significant contribution to the Pacific Partnership efforts.
Multimedia Release: Coast Guard tows disabled fishing vessel to Adak, Alaska
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 3, 2024
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley (WMEC 39) towed a disabled fishing vessel with eight people aboard to Adak, Monday.
Media Availability: US Coast Guard Cutter Tampa to visit Port of Tampa Bay, offer media tour
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 3, 2024
Editor's Note: Media are asked to RSVP no later than 8 a.m., Friday, with the Tampa Bay Coast Guard
Photo Release: Unified Command continues response to M/V Genius Star XI
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 2, 2024
JUNEAU, Alaska — M/V Genius Star XI remains stable, anchored in Broad Bay, near Dutch Harbor,
Coast Guard repatriates 56 migrants to Cuba
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 2, 2024
MIAMI — Coast Guard Cutter William Flores’ crew repatriated 56 migrants to Cuba, Tuesday, following multiple interdictions off the Florida Keys.   
Unified Command continues response for M/V Genius Star XI
PRESS RELEASE | Jan. 2, 2024
JUNEAU, Alaska — The M/V Genius Star XI remains stable and is currently anchored in Broad Bay, near
Unified Command reports no immediate risk of fire aboard M/V Genius Star XI
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 31, 2023
JUNEAU, Alaska –The Unified Command confirmed that the M/V Genius Star XI remains safely anchored in
HS1 Steven Zea: Charting a course of compassionate care in the Blue Pacific
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 31, 2023
In the vast oceanic stretches of the U.S. Coast Guard's 14th District and the Blue Pacific, skilled medical personnel like Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Zea on Fast Response Cutters, especially during expeditionary patrols, is not just a necessity; it's a lifeline. These patrols routinely take crews well over 200 nautical miles from shore, venturing into remote and austere environments where quick and expert medical care is critical. Zea, an independent-duty health services technician (HS) serving as a medical support professional aboard U.S. Coast Guard platforms, illustrates the Service's dedication to safeguarding members' well-being.
Unified Command reports no active fire on vessel loitering outside Dutch Harbor, Alaska
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 30, 2023
JUNEAU, Alaska – The T&T Salvage marine firefighting team remains aboard the Genius Star XI and reports regular temperature readings in the cargo hold, Saturday. 
Coast Guard repatriates 62 migrants to Dominican Republic
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 30, 2023
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier’s crew repatriated 62 migrants to the Dominican Republic, Saturday, following three separate interdictions of unlawful migrant ventures near Aguadilla, Cabo Rojo and Nisibon.
Coast Guard continues response to vessel fire near Dutch Harbor, Alaska
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 30, 2023
The Coast Guard continues to assist and assess a fire reported on the cargo vessel Genius Star XI off Dutch Harbor, Alaska, Saturday.
The Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for missing boater near Texas City, Texas
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 30, 2023
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard, along with local partner agencies, are searching for a missing boater near Texas City, Texas, Friday.
Advisory: Mission Bay Channel Temporary Safety Zone
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 30, 2023
SAN DIEGO — Due to hazardous weather conditions, Coast Guard Sector San Diego has established a temporary safety zone  for the navigable waters of Mission Bay Channel. At this time, entry in and out of Mission Bay is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port.
Rear Adm. Cari Thomas visits the U.S. Coast Guard team in Guam, reaffirms how CGMA serves members
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 29, 2023
SANTA RITA, Guam — Rear Adm. Cari Thomas (retired), chief executive officer of Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA), made her way to Guam, the first week in December 2023 to spend time with the U.S. Coast Guard team.  This visit underscores the commitment of CGMA to support its members and their families, especially those stationed in remote locations like Guam. "Caring for our Coast Guard family is not just a duty; it's a heartfelt commitment that gains depth and meaning when we meet face-to-face. Seeing our members and their families firsthand, hearing their stories, and understanding their challenges reinforces the importance of our mission at CGMA," said Rear Adm. Thomas.
Coast Guard assists vessel on fire near Dutch Harbor, Alaska
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 29, 2023
JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard is assisting a vessel on fire initially located approximately 225
Coast Guard transfers 12 migrants to Bahamas
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 29, 2023
MIAMI – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter William Flores’ crew transferred 12 migrants to the Bahamas, Friday, following, the interdiction of a migrant venture near Hollywood Beach, Florida.
U.S. Coast Guard aids stranded vessel Rascal off Tanguisson Beach, Guam, on Christmas weekend
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 25, 2023
SANTA RITA, Guam — In a successful search and rescue operation executed by U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam and Guam Fire Rescue, the recreational vessel Rascal, with six adults aboard, was safely towed to Hagåtña Boat Basin after being disabled and adrift off Tanguisson Beach, Dec. 23, 2023. "This case underscores the importance of being prepared and calling for help at the first sign of trouble at sea," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Will Naden, the coxswain of CG 45753. "Our timely response was crucial, but equally important was the crew of Rascal's swift decision to contact us. Navigating through winds of 18-20 knots and 7-foot seas, our team demonstrated skill and coordination, ensuring a safe outcome."
Coast Guard suspends search for missing kayaker off St. Augustine Inlet
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 24, 2023
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a missing kayaker near St. Augustine Inlet, Florida, Sunday.
Coast Guard rescues six people from two disabled fishing vessels 70 miles east of Venice, La.
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 23, 2023
PHOTO AVAILABLE: The Coast Guard rescued six people from two disabled fishing vessels Saturday approximately 70 miles east of Venice, Louisiana.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca returns from Western Caribbean and Eastern Pacific patrol in support of maritime safety and security missions
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 22, 2023
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC 906) returned home to Portsmouth, Friday, following a 65-day patrol in the Western Caribbean and Eastern Pacific Ocean.    Patrolling in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South, Seneca worked alongside other Coast Guard cutters, Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security units, and international partners to conduct maritime safety and security missions.  
UPDATE: Unified Command concludes Western Maui Wildfire Emergency Support Function #10 operations 
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 22, 2023
HONOLULU – State and federal responders with the U.S. Coast Guard Western Maui Wildfire Emergency Support Function #10 (ESF #10) Unified Command, comprised of U.S. Coast Guard, Hawaii Department of Health (DOH), and the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DLNR-DOBOR) announced on 18 December 2023 the final stage of operations in Lāhainā Harbor.  
Coast Guard repatriates 45 migrants to Cuba
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 22, 2023
MIAMI — Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr.’s crew repatriated 45 migrants to Cuba, Friday, following an interdiction off Islamorada. 
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star departs Australia, en route to Antarctica
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 21, 2023
HOBART, Australia — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) and crew departed Hobart, Wednesday, after a four-day port call in Hobart and an earlier port call in Sydney, to begin the journey across the Southern Ocean en route to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2024. While in Hobart and Sydney, the crew hosted tours aboard the Polar Star for guests from the U.S. Embassy including U.S. Ambassador for Australia Caroline Kennedy and members from the Australian government, Australian Navy, Tasmanian government, local industry partners, and local schools and universities.
VIDEO RELEASE: Coast Guard rescues 2 after vessel sinks 34 miles offshore Charleston
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 20, 2023
CHARLESTON, S.C. — A Coast Guard Air Station Savannah helicopter crew rescued two men, Tuesday, after their 30-foot fishing vessel capsized 34 miles offshore of Charleston.
Media Availability: US Coast Guard Cutter Seneca to return home following 60-day patrol in the Western Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 20, 2023
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC 906) is scheduled to return to their home port in Portsmouth, Friday, following a 60-day deployment to the Western Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean. WHO: Capt. James McCormack, Seneca’s commanding officer, and Seneca’s crew WHAT: Seneca and crew members return home after completing 60-day patrol in the Western Caribbean Sea and Eastern Pacific Ocean WHERE: Coast Guard Base Portsmouth, 4000 Coast Guard Blvd., Portsmouth, VA, 23703 WHEN: Friday, 10 a.m., Dec. 22, 2023
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active returns home after counternarcotics patrol in Eastern Pacific Ocean
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 20, 2023
PORT ANGELES, Wash. – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Active and crew returned to its home port, Tuesday, after a 57-day patrol in support of Joint Interagency Task Force-South’s (JIATF-S) counternarcotics campaign in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. Active and crew routinely deploys to this region in effort to disrupt transnational criminal organizations specifically in pursuit of illegal trafficking of narcotics. Equipped with two boats and an MH-65E helicopter from Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON), Active and crew met a variety of mission demands.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard partners with Red Cross to give recruits home for the holidays
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 20, 2023
Editor’s Note:  Media interested in attending must RSVP with the TRACEN Cape May Public Affairs by
U.S. Coast Guard conducts stakeholder meeting on M/V Voyager
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 20, 2023
SANTA RITA, Guam — In response to the grounding of the motor vessel Voyager, a 116-foot Indonesian-flagged ship, adjacent to Piti Channel in Typhoon Mawar on May 24, 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard, under the leadership of Capt. Nicholas Simmons, the commander of U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam and the Captain of the Port (COTP), has taken decisive action to protect Guam's waterways. By late November, the operation successfully recovered approximately 51,000 gallons of fuel oil mixture, around four cubic yards of oiled debris, and various hazardous substances from the M/V Voyager, prioritizing environmental safety and the likelihood of operational success. The U.S. Coast Guard team is continuing discussions with partners to advocate for the removal of the vessel from its current location. "Our top priorities are ensuring the safety of our waterways and safeguarding the environment. We have carefully considered our options and have decided to leave the vessel in its current location for the time being, given the situation's complexities," said Capt. Simmons.
Coast Guard rescues kayaker off Bradenton Beach
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 18, 2023
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U.S. Coast Guard, Yap strengthen ties through key leader engagement, site visit
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 18, 2023
COLONIA, Yap — In a demonstration of continued cooperation, U.S. Coast Guard personnel completed a key leader engagement and site visit in Yap from Dec. 10 to 12, 2023.  This visit, led by Capt. Nick Simmons, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam (CGFM/SG) and the Compact of Free Association (COFA) team, highlighted the enduring partnership and mutual respect between the U.S. Coast Guard and the Yapese community. Notable Events: - Strengthening U.S. Coast Guard-Yap relations through high-level engagements. - Recognition of the historical and ongoing cooperation between the U.S. Coast Guard and Yap. Future Support and Initiatives: - Intent to conduct a Safe Boating Workshop in Yap, aligning with initiatives in Pohnpei and Chuuk. - Participation in Yap Day 2024 celebrations, enhancing community engagement. - Ongoing U.S. Coast Guard recruiting opportunities at the FSM Fisheries and Maritime Institute and across the FSM.
Coast Guard responds to distressed vessels overnight in Tampa Bay area
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 17, 2023
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PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard rescues man aboard vessel taking on water near Ponce Inlet
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 15, 2023
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued a man aboard a sailing vessel, Thursday, after their vessel began taking on water near Ponce Inlet, Florida.
Coast Guard rescues three mariners and dog off Kauai
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 14, 2023
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard rescued three mariners and a dog aboard a disabled vessel off Kauai, Wednesday.
Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returns to Pensacola after interdicting $20.3 million in illicit drugs, six smugglers
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 14, 2023
PENSACOLA, Fla. — The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence (WMEC 616) returned to homeport in Pensacola on Thursday after a 52-day counterdrug patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During the patrol, Diligence’s crew worked in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-South) within the Coast Guard Seventh District’s area of responsibility to interdict and deter the smuggling of illicit narcotics. Diligence’s crew disrupted approximately 700 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $20.3 million dollars and apprehended six suspected smugglers.
FEATURE RELEASE: Strong enough: Coast Guardsman frees 2 trapped in sinking tugboat
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 14, 2023
The sun wasn’t yet up on March 31 at 5:15 a.m., but Chad Rollins was. He had been awake since 4 a.m. lifting weights in the otherwise empty gym at Coast Guard Station Sabine, a spacious complex nestled on the swampy edge of Sabine Pass, Texas. After working and sleeping at the station for the past two days, Rollins was ready to head home and see his wife, Parker, and 6-year-old daughter, Ellie — but not before finishing his workout and meeting with the oncoming crew. After racking the weights, Rollins relocated to the cardio room on the station’s fourth floor, shaking out his tired arms as he climbed the staircase. He maxed out the elevation on the treadmill and began briskly marching uphill, nudging the speed to 3 mph. The voice of David Draiman, lead singer of heavy metal band Disturbed, thundered through his earbuds, driving him onward through fatigue. Fifteen minutes down, fifteen to go. The music was loud, but not loud enough to drown out the search and rescue alarm, which blared suddenly to life.
Coast Guard establishes safety zone for collapsed bridge in Culebra, Puerto Rico
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 14, 2023
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port in Puerto Rico established a safety zone, Thursday, for a deteriorated collapsing bridge structure on Culebra Island, Puerto Rico. No vessel or person is allowed to enter the Safety Zone within the established waterway without obtaining permission from the Captain of the Port or a Designated Representative. “We are establishing a safety zone extending 50 yards along the waterway on either side of this collapsing bridge structure on Culebra to prevent having persons and vessels in the waterway near and under the bridge,” said Lt. Cmdr. Carlos Ortega, U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan waterways management division chief. “This safety zone is being established to protect life and property within the navigable waters in the vicinity of the bridge.”
Coast Guard rescues 6 people from sunken vessel off Dominican Republic
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 13, 2023
MIAMI — A Coast Guard Operation Turks and Caicos MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued six people, Wednesday, after their vessel sank about 30 miles north of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane arrives at new home port in Pearl Harbor
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 13, 2023
HONOLULU – U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane (WMEC 903) and crew arrived at its new home port at Pearl Harbor, Wednesday, after transiting more than 8,000 miles over 35-days from Portsmouth, Virginia. The Harriet Lane is U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area’s newest Indo-Pacific support cutter and spent more than 15 months in a Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) in Baltimore, Maryland, to prepare for the transition in missions and operations. Following reconstitution of the crew in July and returning to Portsmouth in August, the crew went through an extensive dockside period, ensuring the cutter was ready for the transit from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.
Photo Release: Coast Guard rescue swimmer receives Distinguished Flying Cross Award
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 13, 2023
    Editor's Note: Click on images to download high-resolution version.MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. —
Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless returns home to Florida after interdicting 19.4 million in illegal narcotics, 3 suspected drug smugglers
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 13, 2023
PENSACOLA, Fla. – The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless (WMEC 624) returned to their homeport in Pensacola Tuesday following a 25-day counterdrug deployment in the Caribbean Sea. While underway in the Coast Guard Seventh District’s area of operations and in support of Joint Interagency Task Force–South, Dauntless’s crew spent 25 days patrolling the Caribbean, where their primary mission was detecting and interdicting go-fast and other vessels suspected of smuggling illegal narcotics into the U.S.
Coast Guard urges mariners to take safety precautions in advance of Dungeness Crab season
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 13, 2023
PORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard urges mariners to take safety precautions in advance of Dungeness Crab season, which in the past is historically followed by a spike in search and rescue cases involving commercial fishing vessels.
U.S. Coast Guard, Federated States of Micronesia strengthen Search and Rescue capabilities through joint training exercise
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 12, 2023
POHNPEI, Federated States of Micronesia — U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam personnel completed a pivotal Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise with partners from the FSM Maritime Wing, Fire and Rescue services, and Pohnpei Department of Public Safety from Dec. 4 to 7, 2023, in Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). This exercise marks a continuation of efforts to bolster SAR capabilities in the region, highlighting the enduring partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard and its Pacific Island partners under the Compact of Free Association (COFA).
Coast Guard reminds commercial fishermen of safety while at sea
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 12, 2023
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard is reminding commercial fishermen to ensure they have the correct
Coast Guard repatriates 20 migrants to Dominican Republic, following interdiction of unlawful migration voyage in the Mona Passage
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 12, 2023
Coast Guard Cutter Pablo Valent’s crew repatriated 20 migrants to San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, Friday, following the interdiction of an overloaded makeshift vessel in Mona Passage waters off the western coast of Puerto Rico.   “Unlawful irregular maritime migration voyages represent a danger to all migrants, especially in a place like the Mona Passage where sea-state conditions are so unpredictable and dangerous,” said Cmdr. Gerard Wenk, Sector San Juan chief of response. “We urge anyone thinking about taking part in one of these voyages that they do not take to the sea, it could save their life.” 
New officers at helm of U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 140-02-24 in Guam
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 11, 2023
HAGATNA, Guam — The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 140-02-24 conducted its annual Change of Watch ceremony on Dec. 5, 2023, in Hagatna, Guam. The event marked a transition in leadership and celebrated the Auxiliary's ongoing commitment to maritime safety and community service. Capt. Nick Simmons, commander of U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam, presided over the ceremony and administered the oaths. Distinguished guests included active-duty officers and Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, CEO of Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA), who spoke about the invaluable support CGMA provides, particularly highlighted by the recent assistance to auxiliarists impacted by Typhoon Mawar.
Coast Guard rescues three men, while search ends after body of fourth is recovered off Playa Escondida Beach in Fajardo, Puerto Rico
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 11, 2023
The crew of a Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter rescued three of four men, Saturday, after they came in distress when they were caught and pulled by the strong currents off Playa Escondida Beach in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. The search for the fourth man ended Monday morning after Puerto Rico Emergency Management crews located and recovered his body in the water off Playa Escondida Beach.
Coast Guard aircrews rescue U.S. citizen from sailing vessel taking on water 170 nautical miles northwest of Puerto Rico
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 11, 2023
Coast Guard aircrews rescued a sole sailor, Friday, from a sailing vessel that was taking on water, approximately 170 nautical miles northwest, of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Rescued is Neil Treitman, a 69-year-old man and a U.S. Citizen, who was transiting aboard the 46-foot sailing catamaran Sailicity from Nassau, Bahamas to Tortola, British Virgin Islands, when the vessel started taking on water.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard rescue swimmer to receive Distinguished Flying Cross Award
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 11, 2023
WHO: Rear Adm. Andrew Sugimoto, Eleventh District Commander; U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Scott Powers,
Coast Guard to hold public hearing for Newark ship fire
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 11, 2023
NEW YORK — The Coast Guard, in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board, is scheduled to conduct a formal public hearing in January to consider evidence related to the fire that occurred aboard the Italian-flagged cargo vessel Grande Costa D’Avorio while docked at the Port of Newark, New Jersey. Click the link below to view full news release.
PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Coast Guard, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department interdict 5 lanchas, seize 2,640 pounds of illegal fish
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 10, 2023
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) interdicted five lancha crews and seized approximately 2,640 pounds of illegally caught red snapper in waters subject to U.S. law enforcement off southern Texas, Saturday.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche returns home after 89-day counternarcotics patrol in Eastern Pacific Ocean
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 10, 2023
ALAMEDA, Calif. — Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) and crew returned to homeport, Saturday, following an 89-day counternarcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The 418-foot national security cutter and its crew patrolled more than 19,750 nautical miles conducting law enforcement and search and rescue operations in international waters off Central and South America. Waesche deployed with a Jacksonville, Florida, based Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew, members from Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 101 and 102, and contractors who flew Scan Eagle, an advanced unmanned aircraft system.
Coast Guard Humboldt Bay conducts medevac 45 miles West of Eureka
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 10, 2023
McKinleyville, Calif. — A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew medically evacuated one person during a rescue 45 miles off the Northern California coast, Wednesday.
Embracing the Spirit: Father Mode's Vision for Unity and Fellowship in the Pacific
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 9, 2023
In a significant stride for international collaboration and spiritual guidance, Father Daniel Mode, the Chaplain of the Coast Guard, recently visited the U.S. Coast Guard Team Guam from Dec. 2 - 6, 2023. This visit follows the historic first International Coast Guard chaplain exchange, during which Father Mode spent time with the Philippine Coast Guard.
Update 03: Coast Guard recovers downed helicopter from Read Island
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 9, 2023
On Friday the Coast Guard recovered the downed MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter that crashed on Read Island on Nov. 13th during a rescue mission. 
UPDATE: Unified command receives lab results linking NY, NJ cleanup efforts, identifies responsible party
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 8, 2023
NEW YORK – The unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Office of Emergency Management, and Monmouth County Department of Health, received oil sample lab results from the Coast Guard Marine Safety Laboratory Friday, linking together oil spill cleanup efforts in both New York and New Jersey. Click here for more...
Coast Guard Sector San Diego emphasizes the importance of safety during the San Diego holiday parade of lights
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 8, 2023
SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard emphasizes the importance of caution and boating safety practices during San Diego's holiday parade of lights event in San Diego Harbor on Sunday. This event attracts many vessels and spectators, creating inherent hazards for both participants and onlookers. Those who choose to watch the event from the water should exercise extreme caution, remain aware of their surroundings and the increasing vessel traffic, and ensure that all navigation lights are on, and proper safety equipment is onboard.
U.S. Coast Guard conducts security boarding at Port of Guam, bolstering maritime security
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 7, 2023
SANTA RITA, Guam — The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Boarding Team, a key component of U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam, conducted a thorough security boarding of the 380-foot (116-meter) motor vessel Papa Mau, flagged from Antigua Barbuda, at the Port of Guam on Dec. 6, 2023. This general cargo vessel, arriving from Pohnpei in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), was meticulously inspected upon reaching Guam and found to be in full compliance.
MULTIMEDIA RELEASE: Coast Guard crew offloads more than $239 million worth of cocaine in San Diego  
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 6, 2023
SAN DIEGO — The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) offloads approximately 18,219 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of more than $239 million, on Wednesday in San Diego.  The offload is a result of six separate suspected drug smuggling vessel interdictions or events off the coasts of Mexico and Central and South America by the Coast Guard Cutters Waesche and Active in November.  
MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard to hold ribbon cutting ceremony for new multipurpose building in Port Canaveral
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 6, 2023
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard is scheduled to hold a ribbon cutting ceremony, Friday, for a new multipurpose building in Port Canaveral.
Coast Guard publishes Accountability and Transparency Review Report and Commandant’s Directed Actions
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 6, 2023
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Coast Guard published an Accountability and Transparency Review (ATR) report on the Service’s workforce culture and organizational climate in Washington, Wednesday.
MEDIA ADVISORY: Coast Guard to offload approximately 18,219 pounds of cocaine in San Diego 
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 6, 2023
WHO: Vice Adm. Andrew Tiongson, Pacific Area commander, U.S. Coast Guard; Capt. Robert Mohr, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Waesche; U.S. Attorney Tara McGrath, Southern District of California; Director of Field Operations Sidney Aki, San Diego Field Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Joseph Hathaway, San Diego Field Division, Drug Enforcement Administration.   WHAT: The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche is scheduled to offload approximately 18,219 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $239 million, seized from the drug transit zones of the Eastern Pacific Ocean.  WHEN: Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023 at 2:30 p.m.  WHERE: 10th Avenue Marine Terminal, 1150 Terminal St., San Diego, CA 92101  Editor's Note: Media interested in attending should arrive no later than 2 p.m., and bring a government-issued photo ID, press credentials, proof of vehicle registration and insurance. Media will be escorted to the event location following a security screening. 
Coast Guard rescues 5 people from flooding conditions near Rosburg, Washington
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 5, 2023
ASTORIA, Ore.  – The Coast Guard rescued five people from flooding conditions Tuesday near Rosburg, Washington.
UPDATE 4: Unified Command monitors, responds to Gulf oil incident
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 5, 2023
The Unified Command continues to monitor and respond to an oil discharge near the Main Pass Oil Gathering (MPOG) company's pipeline system, known as the MPOG 11015 incident, near Plaquemines Parish, southeast of New Orleans.
Coast Guard Academy Hosts Annual Lessons and Carols Service
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 5, 2023
New London, Conn. – The United States Coast Guard Academy is excited to host this year's Lessons and Carols service. The event will take place on Wednesday, December 6th, at 6:30 pm in Leamy Hall.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma and crew return to homeport following 65-day patrol in the Florida Straits
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 5, 2023
NEWPORT, R.I. — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma (WMEC 908) and crew returned to their homeport in Newport on Tuesday, after a 65-day patrol in the Florida Straits. Tahoma deployed in support of Homeland Security Task Force – Southeast and Operation Vigilant Sentry within the Coast Guard Seventh District’s area of responsibility. During the patrol, Tahoma’s crew conducted maritime safety and security missions while working with other Coast Guard cutters to detect, deter, and intercept unsafe and illegal maritime migration ventures bound for the United States.
UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search for fisherman
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 4, 2023
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search at roughly 5:30 p.m. Monday for a
UPDATE 3: Unified Command continues response to tar balls near Long Branch, New Jersey
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 4, 2023
NEW YORK — A unified command composed of the Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Monmouth County, New Jersey, continued their response, Monday, to earlier reports of tar balls on the beach from Sea Bright, New Jersey, south to Asbury Park, New Jersey.
UPDATE 2: Unified Command continues response to oil and tar ball pollution on shorelines in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 4, 2023
NEW YORK — The unified command consisting of Coast Guard Sector New York, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Office of Emergency Management, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation are continuing an active response to findings of oil along the shoreline north of Coney Island Creek in the Gravesend Bay area of Brooklyn, and of tar balls at Fort Wadsworth beach in Staten Island.
Coast Guard repatriates 85 migrants to Dominican Republic, following 2 unlawful migration voyage interdictions in the Mona Passage
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 4, 2023
Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier’s crew repatriated 85 migrants to the Dominican Republic, Saturday, following the interdiction of two unlawful migration voyage interdictions in Mona Passage waters off the west coast of Puerto Rico. “Irregular migration voyages in the Mona Passage are highly dangerous and an unlawful means to enter the United States since these voyages most often take place aboard grossly overloaded makeshift vessels with no lifesaving equipment,” said Cmdr. Gerard Wenk, Sector San Juan chief of response. “Anyone thinking of taking part in one of these voyages must understand that their life and the life of everyone in the voyage will be at risk.”
Coast Guard Cutter Calhoun arrives to new homeport in Charleston
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 3, 2023
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Calhoun (WMSL 759) arrived at their homeport in North Charleston, Sunday, after delivery from Ingalls Shipbuilding and supporting missions throughout the Coast Guard’s Seventh and Eighth districts. The Coast Guard accepted the delivery of the 10th national security cutter (NSC) on Oct. 13, 2023, after the initial christening ceremony in Pascagoula, Mississippi, June 4, 2022.
Coast Guard searching for 35-year-old fisherman
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 2, 2023
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is searching for a 35-year-old fisherman Saturday, who fell overboard
UPDATE: Unified Command established for oil and tar balls along shorelines in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 1, 2023
NEW YORK— Coast Guard Sector New York, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Office of Emergency Management, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have established a Unified Command to continue the ongoing response to reports of oil along the shoreline north of Coney Island Creek in the Gravesend Bay area of Brooklyn, and new reports of tar balls along Fort Wadsworth beach in Staten Island.
UPDATE 2: Unified Command continues response to tar balls near Long Branch, New Jersey
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 1, 2023
NEW YORK — A unified command composed of the Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and Monmouth County, New Jersey, continued their response, Friday, to earlier reports of tar balls on the beach from Sea Bright, New Jersey, south to Asbury Park, New Jersey.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bear returns home following 56-day maritime safety and security patrol
PRESS RELEASE | Dec. 1, 2023
PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bear (WMEC 901) returned to their homeport in Portsmouth, Friday, following a 56-day deployment in the Windward Pass and Central Caribbean. Bear worked alongside other Coast Guard cutters, U.S. Navy assets, and Department of Homeland Security units to promote maritime safety and secure maritime borders, targeting unsafe migration and human trafficking from Cuba and Haiti, while prioritizing the protection of lives at sea. Bear’s crew also supported Homeland Security Task Force – Southeast’s Operation Vigilant Sentry and Joint Interagency Task Force South initiatives within the Coast Guard Seventh District’s area of responsibility.
Coast Guard responds to reports of oil along shoreline at Coney Island Creek in Brooklyn, New York
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 30, 2023
NEW YORK — Coast Guard Sector New York responded to reports of oil along the shoreline at Coney Island Creek in the Gravesend Bay area of Brooklyn, Thursday.
Coast Guard approves oil recovery plan as clean-up efforts continue for WAPA’s tank 11 discharge, Lindbergh Bay oil spill in St. Thomas
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 30, 2023
The Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator approved Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority’s (WAPA) Oil Removal Action Plan Wednesday, as clean-up efforts continue for the tank 11 diesel discharge at the Randolph Harley Power Plant in St. Thomas and the affected area of Lindbergh Bay. The Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator received and approved WAPA’s Oil Removal Action Plan in consultation with members of the Caribbean Regional Response Team (CRRT). “Cleanup efforts continue to move in the right direction,” said Capt. Robert M. Pirone, Coast Guard Acting Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the response. “There are a lot of moving parts as clean-up crews utilize heavy mechanical equipment to expedite oil recovery activities and build access roads while working in a challenging geographical landscape.  These efforts seek to ensure the oil is cleaned up as soon as possible to remove this pollution threat from the environment in the best and safest possible way.”
USCGC Frederick Hatch concludes historic patrol with engagements in the Philippines, fisheries enforcement in Republic of Palau, Papua New Guinea
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 30, 2023
SANTA RITA, Guam — The USCGC Frederick Hatch (WPC 1143) successfully concluded a routine 47-day expeditionary patrol covering more than 8,200 nautical miles under Operation Blue Pacific, returning to Guam on Thanksgiving, distinguished by a series of historic and strategic engagements across the Western Pacific and Oceania. "USCGC Frederick Hatch's highly successful patrol is a testament to the diligence and expertise of the crew onboard, always remaining positive and overcoming numerous challenges to continually set the standard for Coast Guard operations in the Pacific. Their efforts to keep our equipment functioning properly, go over the rail regularly for boardings, and cook meals in heavy seas is what makes the U.S. Coast Guard’s commitment to the Indo-Pacific region so strong. Our people are the best at what they do and always ready to go above and beyond when asked, which is the basis for being a trusted partner and fostering strong international alliances,” said Lt. Patrick Dreiss, commanding officer of the Frederick Hatch.
UPDATE: Unified Command continues response to tar balls near Long Branch, New Jersey
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 29, 2023
NEW YORK— The unified command composed of the Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, continued their response, Wednesday, to reports of tar balls on the beach from Sea Bright, New Jersey, south to Asbury Park, New Jersey.
San Francisco-based U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alder returns to home port after conducting first high-seas boardings off the coast of Peru, under new SPRFMO measure
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 29, 2023
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alder, along with the crews of the Terrell Horne and an HC-130 Hercules aircraft recently completed the first high-seas boardings and inspections, in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, under a newly adopted conservation and management measure to monitor and inspect fishing and supply vessel operations at-sea in the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organization (SPRFMO) Convention Area.  The crew of the Alder performed many new operations that took them south of the equator, where they would participate in SPRFMO inspections, conducting boardings and overflights within the SPRFMO Convention Area on the high seas off the coast of Peru. For years, the Coast Guard has executed counter-illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing operations and participated in high seas boarding and inspections (HSBI) around the globe. This operation was significant as it was timed to implement newly adopted rules in the SPRFMO Convention Area, which comprises nearly a quarter of the Earth’s high seas. The SPRFMO Commission consists of 17 members from Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania, as well as two cooperating non-contracting parties.
MEDIA AVAILABILITY: 50th Anniversary Ceremony of the Coast Guard Machinery Technician Rating
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 29, 2023
YORKTOWN, V.A. — Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the
Feature: Beyond borders and boundaries - Embracing adaptation and teamwork with Ensign Peyton Phillips
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 29, 2023
Discover the inspiring journey of Ensign Peyton Phillips aboard the USCGC Myrtle Hazard (WPC 1139), a testament to the diversity and strength of the U.S. Coast Guard. As a 2023 U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduate, Phillips serves as the first lieutenant on Myrtle Hazard, a key role in managing the synergy between the ship's departments. These Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) play a pivotal role in maintaining security and enforcing laws in the challenging Blue Pacific waters. Phillips' unique background, including his proficiency in Japanese from his time in Japan and Taiwan, was instrumental during the Myrtle Hazard’s patrol in support of Operation Blue Pacific. His collaboration with Cadets Genzo and Seiji Gonzales led to the creation of a Japanese translation sheet, enhancing communication during operations. With a deep family connection to aviation, Phillips aspires to become a pilot, reflecting his dedication to service. His story is a vivid example of how diverse experiences enrich the U.S. Coast Guard's effectiveness in complex and international missions.
Unified Command established in response to tar balls near Long Branch, New Jersey
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 28, 2023
NEW YORK— A unified command was established Tuesday, consisting of the Coast Guard, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, in response to reports of tar balls in the vicinity of Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch, New Jersey.
Coast Guard, CBP, Dominican Republic Navy rescue 60 migrants from makeshift vessel taking on water
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 28, 2023
Coast Guard air and surface units combined efforts with a CBP aircrew and a Dominican Republic Navy patrol boat to rescue 60 migrants from a 35-foot makeshift vessel taking on water off the northeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Coast Guard watchstanders in Sector San Juan were alerted late Monday night by the aircrew of a Coast Guard HC-144 ocean sentry aircraft who detected the grossly overloaded vessel, approximately 13 nautical miles offshore.
UPDATE 3: Unified Command monitors, responds to Gulf oil incident
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 28, 2023
The Unified Command continues to monitor and respond to an oil discharge near the Main Pass Oil Gathering (MPOG) company's pipeline system, known as the MPOG 11015 incident, near Plaquemines Parish, southeast of New Orleans.
Coast Guard partners with local agencies to respond to sinking vessel, San Juan County
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 28, 2023
Crews from Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, Washington Department of Ecology, and the Islands’ Oil Spill Association (IOSA) responded to the sinking of the 80-foot vessel El Capitan at West Sound Marina on Orcas Island, Saturday, Nov. 18. Watchstanders at Sector Puget Sound command center received notification Nov. 18 from the West Sound Marina that the El Capitan was rapidly sinking. A sheen was observed emitting from the vessel when it sank next to the pier in approximately 30-feet of water.
PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard presents maritime partners with Public Service Awards for Golden Ray response
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 28, 2023
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — The Coast Guard presented public service awards to maritime partners for their commendable actions during the motor vessel Golden Ray capsizing and subsequent response during a ceremony, Monday, at the Southeast Georgia Conference Center.
U.S. Coast Guard enhances partnership and security commitments with the Republic of Palau during recent Joint Committee Meeting alongside Joint Region Marianas
PRESS RELEASE | Nov. 27, 2023
SANTA RITA, Guam — In an enduring commitment to regional stability and cooperative security, U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam personnel participated in a bilateral Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) with the Republic of Palau, alongside U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM) and the U.S. Department of State representatives in Palau from Nov. 14 to17, 2023. The JCM, spearheaded by Rear Adm. Gregory Huffman and President Surangel Whipps Jr., with support from U.S. Ambassador to Palau, Joel Ehrendreich underscored the significance of the Compact of Free Association (COFA) in fostering mutual defense and security strategies.