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 […]

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 […]

Three of the Coast Guard cutters based in Poole as part of rescue Flotilla One.

Matchbox 60

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef June 6, 1944, will always be remembered as D–Day. Allied forces invaded the beaches of Normandy in an operation codenamed Overlord. It was the largest air, land and sea operation undertaken in […]

Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Cinquegrana, an operations specialist at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, stands the mid-watch in the sector command center Friday, May 15, 2015. During his shift, Cinquegrana and his fellow watchstanders coordinated search efforts for an overdue fisherman. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen

Standing The Mid-Watch

Story and photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen The sound of radio chatter filled the air, coming from marine frequencies and police scanners. The nonstop clicking of computer keys occasionally became more noticeable than the constant conversation of […]

Nucky standing in front of Coast Guard Station Atlantic City.

Nucky’s Tail

    Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef Crewmembers at Coast Guard Station Atlantic City awake early in the morning to begin their day. The crewmembers wear their uniforms with pride, and maintain regulated grooming standards […]

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 […]

Adam Gibson stands beside his 20-foot Sea Ray fishing boat at his home in Townsend, Delaware.

A forgiving lesson in boating safety

Story and photo by PA3 Peter Hoey After concluding a routine fishing venture June 3, 2014, Adam Gibson headed toward Port Mahon, Delaware. As he steered his 20-foot Sea Ray boat, which he has owned for the past five years, […]

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