Pope Francis blesses a baby as he arrives at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen

Protecting the Pope, Protecting the People

Story by Chief Petty Officer Nick Ameen When the Vatican announced Pope Francis would visit Philadelphia as part of a three-city tour of the United States, the men and women of Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay began making preparations for […]

Crew members from Coast Guard Station Indian River participate in a lyle gun demonstration at the Indian River Life-Saving Station in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Saturday, Aug.29, 2015. The station was built in 1876 for use by the United States Life-Saving Service, a government organization created to respond to the alarming number of shipwrecks along the coastlines of the United States.

Preserving History: Indian River Life-Saving Station

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Before the Coast Guard was formed in 1915, the U.S. Life-Saving Service was tasked with life-saving missions. One of the most historic life-saving stations is located in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, nestled […]

Retired Cmdr. Carl R. Smith swears in his daughter, Corrie N. Smith, on Feb. 7, 2013. Cmdr. Smith served more than 20 years in the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

Family Tradition

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef “I went to Coast Guard boot camp and there was a moment of clarity and everything just clicked,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Corrie N. Smith. “Standing in the cold in my […]

Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Studie climbs a Jacob's ladder to perform a vessel inspection. Marine inspectors board boats in dry dock, moored at a pier, anchored and in rare occasions while underway. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Darryl W. Bradshaw)

Clean, Reliable and Safe

By Petty Officer 2nd Class David Marin Inspections guaranty the fulfillment of a required specification. Some, like skydiving, are easily seen as a necessity for safe operation and safety of the consumer. So do you think to look for an […]

Capt. Mike Bogan, left, and Chief Warrant Officer Christian Wilson shake hands in front of the commercial fishing vessel Gambler, homeported in Point Pleasant, N.J., Monday, July 27, 2015. Bogan has been a captain aboard the Gambler for 30 years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef)

Safety First

  Story and photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Marine Safety is one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s important 11 statutory missions, and is the area where the Coast Guard interacts the most with commercial vessels. Coast Guard […]

VHF vs Cell Phone

VHF vs Cell Phone

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef and Auxiliarist Paul R. Casalese Communication in the 20th Century is at its peak. More people are connected today than ever before. From smoke signals to smart phones, society has exponentially increased […]

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jacob Manire poses for a staged photo of him performing a Breathalyzer test. Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in boater deaths. Be part of Operation Dry Water by making a pledge to never boat under the influence. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin)

Keeping our waters… Dry?

It’s a beautiful day out, so grab some alcohol, see how many people you could get to climb into the convertible and drive around for a while! Sound ridiculous? Well, it is! So why is that scenario so different when […]

Capstan ice breaking

Bracing for Winter

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen All the leaves have fallen. Nature’s autumnal palette of vibrant colors has faded away. The water’s surface will slowly turn to ice. The Coast Guard stands ready to break it. The artery […]

Star Spangled Spectacular Press Conference

The Most Important Resolutions are the Toughest

  Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin It’s that time of year again. A time to reflect on what happened the previous year and what to improve on in the upcoming one. It’s a time to start […]


New Jersey Coast Guard ready for colder air, water temps

Story and Photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham When a call for help is relayed to a Coast Guard station watchstander, the duty crew must have a response boat launched in less than 30 minutes. Before a Coast […]

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