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#ThrowbackThursday from December 19, 2016 when Chief James Waywell and his wife Melissia’s triplets were baptized by Commander Alfred Pena aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau using the cutter’s bell filled with water as a christening bowl. The triplet’s names were inscribed inside the bell following the baptism, creating a lasting symbolic connection between the cutter, the Waywell family and with all the families who’ve had their children baptized using the cutter’s bell in the past. Baptizing a child using the ship’s bell is a long-standing naval tradition with roots back to the British Royal Navy. The tradition was created for children born at sea or in foreign ports, and is still carried out aboard Coast Guard cutters and Navy ships today. Morgenthau’s bell was removed from the cutter following the cutter’s decommissioning in 2017 and sent to the historical society for safekeeping. The Waywell triplets will turn two this July and Chief Waywell hopes the bell will be preserved and put on display within a museum for his children to see someday.
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We'd like to congratulate Rear Adm. Nathan Moore who was promoted from Captain to Rear #Admiral (lower half) during a ceremony on Base Alameda last Friday. Rear Adm. Moore now serves as the Deputy Commander, Pacific Area, where he is responsible for all U.S. Coast Guard missions within a geographic region that spans from the Rocky Mountains west to the waters off the Coast of Africa. Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, Commander, Pacific Area, presided over the ceremony and reaffirmed Rear Adm. Moore's oath of office following his promotion.
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Chief's stationed in Alameda, California, welcomed their newest member, Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, during a surprise anchor-pinning ceremony aboard the USCGC STRATTON WMSL 752. Vice Adm. Midgette was pinned as an #HonoraryChief in recognition for his dedication, commitment and contributions to the Chief's mess, Coast Guard men and women and their families.
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BZ to the great work being done in the #EastPAC by all our interagency partners pulling drugs off the water and saving lives. #Itswhatwedo U.S. Coast Guard U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command & U.S. 4th Fleet U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team New Orleans - 91112
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Check out this story featuring the PACAREA commander highlighting some of the accomplishments and challenges of our U.S. Coast Guard.
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Yesterday the Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star crew met with members of the media after the cutter was set in dry dock for annual maintenance in preparation for future Antarctic missions. The crew aboard the 40+ year-old heavy ice breaker recently returned from Antarctica where they supported Operation Deep Freeze 2018, the U.S. military’s contribution to the National Science Foundation-managed U.S. Antarctic Program. The nation&#39;s only heavy ice breaker requires depot-level maintenance during the dry dock period in order to be mission ready by the end of 2018. <a href="http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/category/spoken-word-kpixtv/3847027-u-s-coast-guard-cutter-polar-star-arrives-in-vallejo-for-repairs/" target="_blank">http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/video/category/spoken-word-kpixtv/3847027-u-s-coast-guard-cutter-polar-star-arrives-in-vallejo-for-repairs/</a>
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Semper “Paw-ratus!” We see what you did there...Good one, U.S. Coast Guard! &#128517;
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Answering the call...
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Regional cooperation and partnership are critical to continued security and safety in the Pacific. Last week, Vice Adm. Fred Midgette, PACAREA commander, visited representatives of the Vietnam Coast Guard as part of an already significant security cooperation relationship we have with the government of Vietnam. Under the Department of Defense Foreign Military Sales program, the United States recently transferred a U.S. Coast Guard cutter from PACAREA to the Vietnam Coast Guard, enhancing Vietnam&#39;s maritime security and domain awareness capabilities. PACAREA will continue to collaborate with the Vietnam Coast Guard to ensure effective maritime governance and stewardship throughout the region. U.S. Embassy in Hanoi U.S. Pacific Fleet U.S. Pacific Command
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Welcome home USCGC STRATTON WMSL 752 crew members! The crew sailed more than 15,000 miles on their recent 2-month #multimission patrol conducting counter-drug operations in the Eastern Pacific before serving as a search and rescue platform in the Bering Sea. The crew and a U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew conducted three separate medevacs, rescuing three people, while the cutter was deployed to the Bering Sea. "Shifting from the counter drug mission off South America to the search and rescue and fisheries law enforcement near Alaska shows the range and diversified capabilities of the National Security Cutter,” said Capt. Craig Wieschhorster, Stratton’s commanding officer. “The crew did an outstanding job stemming the flow of drugs into the United States and then saved three lives during search and rescue cases in the Bering Sea, transitioning seamlessly between U.S. Coast Guard missions." <a href="https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e78adc" target="_blank">https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e78adc</a>
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Thought the Coast Guard only operates locally? Check out these Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team members deployed aboard the USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) conducting interagency fisheries boardings in the Western Pacific Ocean. The U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy joint boarding teams are carrying out an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative mission. OMSI is a secretary of defense program leveraging Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the Coast Guard’s maritime domain awareness and ultimately supporting the Coast Guard&#39;s maritime law enforcement operations in the Oceania region. #TeamworkTuesday
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We hope you’ll vote as two PACAREA units battle it out in the #championship for the 2018 #Shuttershowdown. Please vote for your favorite by giving it a &#128077; or ❤️.
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Thank you to all who were able to tune in for our Facebook Live feed from the Sherman&#39;s decommissioning on Thursday. It was great to see so many former shipmates check in from around the world. In case you missed it, here are some photos from the ceremony.
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Pacific Area has dominated the #ShutterShowdown2018, and the #Final4 are all PACAREA units! Who will make it to the Championship Round? Vote for your favorite photo to see it move on to the last round by clicking Like “&#128077;” or Love “❤️” *If you have trouble seeing all competing photos, try going directly to U.S. Coast Guard page to view the album to vote or giving it some time.* Photos competing in the Final 4 are from: #USCG U.S. Coast Guard Hawaii Pacific, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest, U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest, and PACAREA.
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Thank you for joining us for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman decommissioning ceremony!
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Current and former Coast Guard Cutter #Sherman crew members and their families joined together Wednesday evening on Sherman&#39;s flight deck to share sea stories and observe the final colors before the cutter is #decommissioned. Today the cutter will be decommissioned during a ceremony in Honolulu after nearly 50 years of meritorious service to our country. We&#39;re scheduled to broadcast the ceremony via Facebook live at 2 p.m. HST on our Facebook page. Please join us when we go live and share your sea stories from the Sherman. #720
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There&#39;s still time! California mariners can still participate in an important survey regarding aids to navigation in U.S. Pacific waters. The survey is open to commercial, passenger, recreational, sail and power boaters. Those interested can participate in the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/PacSeacoastWAMS Read more about the survey here: <a href="https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e598fa" target="_blank">https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/1e598fa</a>
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Tune in tomorrow for live broadcast of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sherman&#39;s decommissioning ceremony following nearly 50 years of service to our country! Watch as current and former crew members mark the historical event at her final homeport on US Coast Guard Base Honolulu. We&#39;ll begin our broadcast prior to the ceremony&#39;s commencement Thursday at 2 p.m. HST. #720 #Sherman
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