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, […]


Right place, right time

Post written by PA3 Jasmine Mieszala Normally, a search and rescue call on the water is routed through a Coast Guard unit for coordination. No such call was made when a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat crew happened upon three kayakers […]

Petty Officer 1st Class Louis Keating, a member at Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet, N.C., is shown sitting inside the cabin of a 47-foot Motor Life Boat at the station, Monday, March 18, 2014. Surfman are the most highly trained boat drivers in the Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill

Following historic footsteps to modern tradition, Coast Guardsman joins ranks of time-honored boating community

Post written by PA1 Brandyn Hill On the brisk spring morning, three petty officers got into a vehicle and only two of them knew where they were headed. The junior petty officer had confidence in his supervisors, but had no […]

Pictured is Coast Guard Station Ocean City, Md., July 27,2013. Coast Guard personnel stationed here have two primary missions: search and rescue, and law enforcement. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew S. Masaschi

A small station with a big impact

Post written by PA3 Matt Masaschi Ocean City, Md., is a quaint town on the state’s eastern shore, which is a popular tourist destination for the region during summer months. Beginning around May the town’s population increases almost as rapidly […]

An EPIRB is shown attached to a Coast Guard small boat.

Before your boat starts leakin’, register your beacon

Summer will be here soon and what better way to enjoy the great weather than on the water? A prepared boater should have all the proper safety equipment aboard, including life jackets, visual and audio distress signals, navigation lights, a […]


Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center receives Kimball Award

Story by Lt. Julie E. Sieker and Seaman Nicole Groll On April 18, 2013, members of the Coast Guard Special Missions Training Center Boat Tactics Branch, located at Camp Lejeune, N.C., were presented with the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award […]

Petty Officer 3rd Class Luis Rangel, a crewmember of Coast Guard Station Washington, mans a simulated weapon on the bow of a 25-foot Response Boat – Small during a training scenario as part of the unit’s tactics, techniques and procedures training on the Potomac River, Thursday, April 11, 2013. The training is conducted for members to earn their training qualifications and keep current training qualifications valid. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lindberg.

Coast Guard Station Washington conducts training on Potomac River

Post written by PA2 Jonathan Lindberg Two orange Coast Guard boats dart around the Potomac River playing what looks like a game of cat and mouse. The revving of engines, flashing blue lights and periodic whooping of sirens grab the […]

A marine-band radio is shown set to channel 16.

On the water and in distress? Use your VHF, not your cell

New technology, better range and reliability can mean the difference between life and death      Post written by Petty Officer 1st Class John D. Miller Greg Arlotta’s voice turned grim as the boat beneath him slipped below the 37-degree waters […]

Crew members of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge and local residents are shown here at the grave site of Richard Etheridge in Manteo, N.C., Dec. 4, 2012.  The crew was welcomed to the Outer Banks to visit the final resting place of Richard Etheridge, a hero of the Coast Guard, and namesake of their cutter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert

A new cutter with a legacy to fill

 Post written by PA3 David Weydert On a warm December day, in Manteo, N.C., on Roanoke Island, the men and women of the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge stepped onto historic grounds. The Coast Guard men and women are greeted […]

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