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U.S. - Canadian “Shiprider” training integrates crew, combats cross-border crime  Follow link

April 16, 2014 9:07 pm

U.S. – Canadian “shiprider” training integrates crew, combats cross-border crime U.S. – Canadian “shiprider” training integrates crew, combats cross-border crime U.S. – Canadian “shiprider” training integrates crew, combats cross-border crime U.S. – Canadian “shiprider” training integrates crew, combats cross-border crime

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CHARLESTON, S.C. – At a media event Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Mounted Police students demonstrated a vessel boarding exercise for their “Shiprider” training at the Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy located at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers in Charleston, S.C.

The graduation ceremony Wednesday marks the culmination of eight days of maritime law enforcement–based curriculum designed to familiarize students in combating cross-border crime and the standard operating procedures for enforcing U.S. and Canadian laws respective of jurisdiction.

“We are very excited to continue this training in the Charleston area,” said Cmdr. Tom Walsh, commanding officer of MLEA. “It builds upon our strong partnership with RCMP and provides Coast Guardsmen and Canadian members with the professional, standardized training needed to conduct integrated 21st century law enforcement missions.”

To date, 236 students have received the Shiprider designation. Each Shiprider course averages 28 students per class.

Designed to strengthen security along the shared border, the Shiprider Program allows U.S. and Canadian maritime law enforcement officers to embark together on joint patrols to achieve integrated operations on and near shared maritime borders. By working together, both countries’ law enforcement crews are able to exercise operational flexibility to pursue and interdict vessels across the international border.

Successes from the program include working approximately 3900 patrol hours, 710 vessel boardings; seizures of 2,800 pounds of bulk fine cut tobacco, 103 pounds of marijuana, 1.2 million cigarettes and documenting more than 27 boating safety violations.

The pilot shiprider program started in 2005, which developed into full-time operations in 2013 following the signing of the U.S.-Canada Bi-lateral Framework Agreement in 2009 and the establishment of the Bi-national Standard Operating Procedures in 2013. First District Commander Coast Guard Rear Adm. Dan Abel and RCMP “J” Division commanding officer Roger L. Brown recently signed the Eastern Region International Cross-Border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations agreement April 8, 2014.



Coast Guard Pacific Area to receive new commander  Follow link

April 16, 2014 7:01 pm

Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft. Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray
Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Rear Adm. Charles W. Ray will relieve Vice Adm. Paul F. Zukunft as Commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area and Coast Guard Defense Forces West, in a change-of-command ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, at 11 a.m., at Coast Guard Island in Alameda.

Zukunft has served as the Pacific Area Commander since April 2012, and is leaving to assume the duties as the Coast Guard Commandant in Washington, D.C., upon Senate confirmation.

“It has been a pleasure serving as the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area commander for the past two years, and I look forward to the opportunity to continue my service as the Coast Guard’s 25th Commandant,” said Zukunft.

Ray has served as the Pacific Area deputy since 2013. His previous flag assignments include Coast Guard District 14 Commander, service with U.S. Forces Iraq as Director of the Iraq Training and Advisory Mission for the Ministry of Interior, and as the Military Advisor to the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Ray, a Newport, Ark., native, is a 1981 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy. After an assignment as a deck watch officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet, he was selected for Naval Flight Training and earned his wings in 1983.

PACAREA’s area of responsibility encompasses six of the seven continents, 71 countries, and more than 74 million square miles of ocean -- from the U.S. Western States to Asia, and from the Arctic to Antarctica.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition, which formally restates that the continuity of command will be maintained. It is a formal ritual, conducted before the assembled company of the command. It conveys to the officers, enlisted personnel, civilian employees, and auxiliarists of the Coast Guard that although the authority of command is relinquished by one person and is assumed by another, it is still maintained without interruption.

EDITOR’S NOTE:

Rear Adm. Charles Ray is scheduled to be promoted to vice admiral prior to the ceremony Tuesday morning.

Media interested in attending the ceremony, please contact Chief Warrant Officer Allyson Conroy at 510.437.5682 or Allyson.e.conroy@uscg.mil.



Coast Guard suspends search for overboard crewmember of container ship  Follow link

April 16, 2014 6:23 pm

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard suspended the search Wednesday for a Japanese crewmember reported overboard from the container ship Hercules Highway, approximately 805 miles northeast of Oahu.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center were notified at approximately 8:23 a.m., Monday regarding the 23-year-old male who was reported overboard from the container ship Hercules Highway.

The crewmember was last seen at approximately 7 p.m., Sunday.

As part of the AMVER program, the motor vessel's St. Andrews, Anne Gret and the UACC Masafi assisted the Hercules Highway in the search for the crewmember.

AMVER, sponsored by the Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

Approximately 2,255 square miles were searched.

The Coast Guard regularly coordinates with DoD, commercial vessels that are part of the AMVER program and international partners to conduct searches in the Pacific where extreme distances often limit the resources immediately available to respond.
The 14th Coast Guard District area of responsibility encompasses more than 12.2 million square miles of the Central and South Pacific.


MULTIMEDIA RELEASE: Coast Guard, local law enforcement hold active-shooter exercise in Philadelphia  Follow link

April 16, 2014 5:04 pm

Coast Guard, local law enforcement hold active-shooter exercise in Philadelphia

Video of the exercise is available online.

PHILADELPHIA — Coast Guard and Philadelphia police and fire department personnel held an active-shooter response exercise at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay in Philadelphia Wednesday.

This exercise involved a simulated active shooter, takedown and building sweep followed by training for first responders. The simulated shooter used blanks to realistically replicate the noise of a weapon discharge.

"Today's exercise was conducted to help us be better prepared in the event of an active-shooter situation," said Capt. Kathy Moore, the commander of Sector Delaware Bay. "Working with our local law enforcement partners within the Philadelphia police and fire departments, we were able to recognize our strengths and identify ways to improve our response. We urge the general public to explore the Department of Homeland Security's website for great information on how to react in a similar situation, whether in a building or public place."



Coast Guard reflects on Titanic anniversary  Follow link

April 16, 2014 4:13 pm

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol in New London, Conn., reflect on the sinking of the RMS Titanic and the importance of their mission during a ceremony held in New London, Conn., April 16, 2014. Every year, the IIP conducts a ceremony to remember the passengers and crew who lost their lives as a result of the Titanic sinking. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Keith Murray)

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol in New London, Conn., reflect on the sinking of the RMS Titanic and the importance of their mission during a ceremony held in New London, Conn., April 16, 2014. Every year, the IIP conducts a ceremony to remember the passengers and crew who lost their lives as a result of the Titanic sinking. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Keith Murray)

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Members of the U.S. Coast Guard International Ice Patrol reflected on the sinking of the RMS Titanic and the importance of their mission during a ceremony held in New London, Conn., today.

The annual ceremony serves as a way to remember and honor those who lost their lives during the Titanic’s maiden voyage, which ended tragically on the evening of April 14, 1912, when the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic.

"It is with great respect and reverence that we commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912," said Cmdr. Gabrielle McGrath, commander of the IIP. “We remember over 1,500 souls who perished on that fateful morning."

During the annual ceremony, Coast Guard Cmdr. Keith Shuley, chaplain of the Coast Guard Academy, dedicated floral arrangements in remembrance of the more than 1,500 passengers who died.

Every year, the IIP conducts a ceremony to remember the passengers and crew who lost their lives as a result of the Titanic sinking.

A special moment of silence was held to honor Edward Kamuda, president and founder of the Titanic Historical Society, who died April 13, 2014.

***Editors note: Media interested in more information about the International Ice Patrol please contact (860) 271-2626



PHOTO RELEASE: Coast Guard crewmembers confront sexual assault at Sector St. Petersburg, Fla.  Follow link

April 16, 2014 3:43 pm

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg crewmembers are shown donned in their service dress blue uniforms at the sector to take part in a Coast Guard-wide initiative to raise awareness of the Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt encouraged all Coast Guard chiefs, senior chiefs, master chiefs and other senior leadership to wear their dress uniforms to draw attention and create discussion amongst Coast Guardsmen about sexual assault prevention awareness. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse) Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg crew members stand at attention during during Morning Colors at the sector donned in their service dress blue uniforms Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Michael Leavitt encouraged all Coast Guard chiefs, senior chiefs, master chiefs and other senior leadership to wear their dress uniforms to draw attention and create discussion amongst Coast Guardsmen about sexual assault prevention awareness. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael De Nyse)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Coast Guard members at Sector St. Petersburg wore their service dress blue uniforms to raise awareness and facilitate discussion about sexual assault in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Wednesday.

Service Dress Blue Day is a Coast Guard-wide initiative to raise awareness of the Coast Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Leavitt, the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, encouraged all Coast Guard chiefs, senior chiefs, master chiefs and other senior leadership to wear their dress uniforms to draw attention and create discussion amongst Coast Guardsmen about sexual assault prevention awareness.

“Our goal is to foster discussion within the ranks about sexual assault and break down the barriers of reporting a crime," said Capt. Gregory Case, sector's commander. “We are determined to change the culture related to sexual assault awareness and prevention. Facilitating discussions throughout the sector is an important first step.”

For more information about the Coast Guard Sexual Prevention and Response Program, please visit http://www.uscg.mil/worklife/rape_sexual_assault.asp.



*Update* Coast Guard continues pollution response in Miami  Follow link

April 16, 2014 11:18 am

MIAMI — Coast Guard crewmembers are responding to a fuel spill in the vicinity of Government Cut in Miami Wednesday, following a leak discovered aboard the 95-foot tug Neptune Tuesday night.

Upon further investigation, it has been determined that an estimated 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel have entered the water.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Miami is conducting an overflight to monitor the progression of diesel fuel in the water.

Coast Guard shoreline cleanup assessment teams have been deployed to local areas that may be impacted to monitor possible shoreline pollution and commence cleanup efforts if necessary.

As of 9:30 A.M. 950 feet of sorbent boom have been deployed by cleanup crews to contain pollution and minimize local impact. Crews are preparing to deploy more boom to protect environmentally sensitive areas near the incident.

The ruptured fuel tank has been patched and no more fuel is leaking from the vessel at this time. The vessel is safely moored at Dodge Island.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Miami first received a report from the Tug Neptune that a fuel tank holding approximately 7,800 gallons of diesel fuel aboard the vessel had leaked. The initial report was an estimated 100 gallons of fuel had leaked into the water Tuesday night.

An aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Miami is on scene alongside a crew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.



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