COAST GUARD CLUB NEWSLETTER
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Members who have an upcoming birthday, each potential Coast Guard Club
recruit, & any Coastie I write to. This Newsletter is posted on the Web at
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&email@example.com. If you have e-mail service, please let me know &
I will add you to Appendix E of the call book. Additionally, Dick Anderson,
firstname.lastname@example.org, &I need to know when you obtain or cancel
e-mail, change providers or addresses &would appreciate it if you would
please keep us updated.
Cod, Mass. CG
aircrews transported 2 fishermen to shore in 2 separate incidents off of Cape
Cod. The crew of the 110-foot, fishing vessel LIBERTY was 160 miles off
Cape Cod when they notified the Coast Guard that a 40 year-old male crewmember
was experiencing abdominal pain. An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard
Air Station Cape Cod flew out to the LIBERTY's position, hoisted the man onto
the aircraft &transported him to Cape Cod Hospital. Later, the CG was
notified by the 85-foot fishing vessel ACT FOUR, that a 44-year old male
was suffering from a possible heart attack. An HH-60 Jayhawk was dispatched to
the ACT FOUR's position, 130 miles off Cape Cod.
The CG has detained 3 for
violation of the South Florida Security Zone. The 3 were on board a 23-foot
vessel that violated the security zone &entered Cuban territorial seas. The
vessel ignored verbal warnings from the CG &entered Cuban territorial seas
where it stayed for approximately 60 minutes before returning to international
waters. The vessel was directed to come alongside the CGC SPENCER
&the 3 people on board embarked the SPENCER &were detained. The
crew of the SPENCER will transport the 3 detainees & their vessel to
Key West. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida has
ordered the vessel seized & the individuals released. This matter has been
referred to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
CGC Liberty crew responded to a charter boat captain's radio distress
call about 12 miles south of Angoon in Chatham Strait this morning. The 96-foot Alaskan
Song, with 11 people aboard, struck rocks &started flooding at 8 a.m.
The CGC Liberty crew, patrolling 5 miles away, responded to the skipper's
request for help. Meanwhile, the Alaskan Song's crew beached the boat in
Chaik Bay to keep it from sinking. The Liberty, a 110-foot patrol boat
based in Auke Bay near Alaska's capital city, dispatched a small boat &crew
to transfer people from the Alaskan Song. The Liberty crew
&three Alaskan Song crewmembers used 2 dewatering pumps to fight the
flooding. A CG helicopter crew from Sitka delivered additional pumps.
CG, along with other state &federal law enforcement agents, are
investigating the alleged homicide of a Coast Guard officer on St. Paul Island
in the Aleutian Chain. Investigators are seeking clues into the shooting death
of Chief Warrant Officer Timothy A. Harris, 33, commanding officer at Long Range
Navigation Station (LORAN) St. Paul. A Coast Guardsman at the station found
Harris’ body on CG property at the station. Initial evidence indicated that
Harris suffered several gunshot wounds. Local law enforcement officials have a
suspect in custody. “As a small, humanitarian service in the lifesaving
business, we’re grieving the tragic, violent loss of one of our team members
& offering heartfelt-condolences to Mr. Harris’ family,” said Capt.
Richard Houck, 17th CG District Chief of Staff. “We’ll do what we
can for the Harris family during their time of personal strife”. LORAN Station
St. Paul is located about 775 miles southwest of Anchorage. Harris is survived
by a wife &two young children who reside in Louisiana. Coast Guard personnel
assigned to the St. Paul Coast Guard facility serve one-year tours without
Alaska – A CGAS Sitka
rescue helicopter hoisted four rafters who became stranded on an island in the
middle of Herbert River. The CG Jayhawk
helicopter crew airlifted the 4 to Juneau where an awaiting ambulance crew
treated them for mild hypothermia. The rafters encountered trouble when their
rafts overturned about 2 miles from the trail opening on the Herbert River.
USCG helicopter rescue swimmers now have their own special uniform insignia to
recognise their unique & dangerous duties. The first set of the newly
authorised ‘helicopter rescue swimmer insignia’, or ‘wings’, were
presented to the senior rescue swimmer in the CG, Master Chief Aviation Survival
Technician (AST) Keith Jensen, at CG headquarters in Washington, D.C. today.
“It’s an honour to receive these wings on behalf of all Coast Guard rescue
swimmers,” said Jensen. “This special insignia recognises the unique
position of the helicopter rescue swimmer &I’m proud to wear them,” he
said. The new rescue swimmer wings were authorised by the Commandant on July 13.
The insignia depicts crossed rescue swimmer flippers superimposed on a ‘cross
of life’ (widely used as a symbol for EMT’s) representing the swimmer’s
EMT skills, &gold wings denoting aviation.
The CGC Mako, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Cape May, N.J., seized
2 catches valued at more than $20,000 during two boardings this week. During a
law enforcement patrol off the New Jersey coast, the Mako's crewmembers
boarded the fishing vessel Dixie Dandy &found evidence they had been
fishing in an area closed to scallop fishing. The Dixie Dandy had almost
2000 pounds of scallops as well as other fish, all worth more than $11,000. The
National Marine Fisheries Service ordered the seizure &the Mako
escorted the vessel to Cape May. Once at the dock, the Dixie Dandy was
found to be in poor condition &ordered to stay in port until extensive
repairs could be made. In addition, two of her crew were illegal aliens
&were arrested by the Immigration & Naturalization Service.
crew of the CGC Active discovered more than 13 tons (26,397 pounds) of
cocaine aboard a 152-foot Belize-flagged fishing vessel in the Eastern Pacific
Ocean, nearly 1,500 miles south of San Diego. This seizure is the largest
cocaine seizure in maritime history. The fishing vessel Svesda Maru was
originally sighted April 28 by a U.S. Customs Service P-3 aircraft &then
identified by a USCG C-130 flying counter-narcotics detection &monitoring
patrols under the control of Joint Interagency Task Force West. The Svesda
Maru was intercepted by a U.S. Navy guided missile frigate, homeported in
Everett, Wash., with a CG law enforcement detachment from San Diego aboard.
During the space accountability search, they discovered unexplained
discrepancies in below deck spaces. After 5 days of searching, the LEDET had
accounted for most of the spaces on the Svesda Maru but could not access
a large area beneath the fish holds. When the Active arrived, they
relieved the LEDET. An augmented boarding team from the Active
concentrated their search on the fish hold area where they discovered the
cocaine in a secret compartment. The contraband tested positive for cocaine
&was transferred to the Active as evidence. The Svesda Maru
was seized &its crewmembers, two Russians &eight Ukrainian nationals,
were also transferred to the Active. The fishing vessel was seized
&taken in tow to San Diego. CG crews regularly checked the vessel for safety
&had to de-water the area where the contraband was located until it could be
completely measured &removed. This seizure is the third cocaine seizure by
the CG in the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean in the last week. More than
33,000 pounds of cocaine has been seized during this period. The largest seizure
prior to this case was 24,000 pounds seized by a USCG LEDET from the Nataly I
in June 1995.
was taken out of service at Station Ft. Lauderdale after 38 years of service.
Commissioned in 1962 as a ‘C’ class 82-ft. patrol boat, she will be replaced
by the new 87-ft. Marine Protector class patrol boat. The crew prefers to think
of the boat as being ‘tour complete’, moving on to further assignment with
Slightly used buoy tender. 180-ft. buoy tender MALLOW, built in 1944,
berthing for 49 enlisted &8 officers. Start your own Lighthouse Service!
Vessel available for immediate inspection. Vessel is sold ‘as is, where is’,
title is free &clear of all liens. The successful bidder is to forward
$10,000 deposit within 3 days of close of auction. Located at Harborview Marina
in Baltimore, MD., bids start at $125,000. To bid, go to http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBay.
GUARD CLUB CALL BOOK: It
is bound in a spiral binder &includes the latest changes. As of today the
book is 1” thick—186 sheets of paper. If you want a copy of the call book,
send a cheque for $15.ØØ payable to Don Gardner.
The Coast Guard Radio Amateur SSB Net is on the air each Saturday from 12ØØ-13ØØ
ET on 143ØØ (14313 alternate). At 13ØØ ET the Net shifts to 14327 &
continues, usually for about 3Ø minutes. Dick Anderson, KE7A, in the Dallas-Ft
Worth area, is the NCS. A CW Net with Fred Goodwin, K7LF, as NCS, is on 14Ø52/7Ø52
& runs simultaneously.
COAST GUARD BOOK:
D R Peterson, our vessel historian, reports his book U.S.
Lighthouse Service Tenders, was
released 7 August 2ØØØ. This is the first book to feature all of the
lighthouse tenders &auxiliary craft of the USLHS. 9.5”x9.5” hardbound,
ISBN 1-885457-12-X, price $39.95 + $5.00 shipping. I bought the book
&recommend it. You may order direct from the Eastwind Publishing, 4302
Baildon Road, Trappe, MD 21673, fone 41Ø 476 4469, e-mail: email@example.com
or web page www.eastwind.com or www.amazon.com.
GUARD STORIES: Check
Out: Jack’s Joint, www.jacksjoint.com/,
which has interesting Coast Guard short stories & scuttlebutt.
I used selected short stories from this site for my version of Coast
Guard Stories, Vol. I (volume
II is pending). I will print the stories on my printer, put it in a
spiral binder & send you a copy postage paid for $19.95.
you have a news item of interest to our members, please send it in. Want to
swap, sell, trade ham gear?
Shop at the Academy Exchange, www.shopcoastguard.com/acatalog/
ABSECON & CHINCOTEAGUE:
First reunion October 2001 at Norfolk, VA. For info. contact John R Peters, 1831
Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA, fone 757 479 ØØØØ, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Harry S Huggins, 5411 Greenfield DR, Portsmouth, VA 237Ø3, fone 757 484-37ØØ,
e-mail: email@example.com. (Info from EMCM J R Peters)
BERING SEA PATROL-ALASKA
11-14 September. Contact Dicj Juge, Chairman 2ØØ1, 3871 Red Cypress, New
Orleans, LA 7Ø131 or fone 5Ø4 394 2221, fax 5Ø4 393 Ø669, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASCO: Any former
crewmembers who would like to be placed on a mailing list of shipmates &
activities that includes a reunion every several years, contact: Gordon C Kelly,
P O BOX 141, Lyon, WI 53148.
DUANE: Next reunion
13-15 September. Gala banquet Saturday 15th aboard USS Yorktown. Special rates
available if you mention DUANE REUNION. For more information & to
receive the free newsletter & membership information, contact Paul Turner,
USCGC DUANE Assn., HCR2 Box 15A, Summit, NY 12175, e-mail: email@example.com
SPENCER: 11-15 October
at Williamsburgh, VA. Contact Jack Shampine, 7393 Route #21, Cicero, NY 13Ø39,
fone 315 699 3127, or Hank Rogers, Jr., #342 Freedom CT, Baltimore, MD 2122Ø,
fone 41Ø 335 6826.
CAMPAIGN VETERANS: 13-15
September at Wilmington, NC. Contact Ernest M Phillips, 1537 Larchmont Ave.,
Lakewood, OH 441Ø7-34Ø3, fone 216 221 8256, e-mail: phil3Ø2Ø6Ø@msn.com.
NAVY PATROL SQUADRON 18
reunion will be hosted in Mobile, AL 9-12 October by Warren Locklin, N4RUC.
Interested parties may contact him at 334 479 2961.
PATROL FRIGATES: 16
in Reno. For further info: Roberta Shotwell, e-mail: Patrolf@aol.com.
USCG LIGHTSHIP SAILORS ASSN: [From
Jim Gill, K6IRR] Reunion 4-6 October 2ØØ1 at Port Huron, MI. Contact Jerry
Radloff, 1Ø2Ø Woods Lane, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 48236-1157, fone 1-313 884 3Ø71,
USCG CW Operators Assn: The
3d annual reunion for the CG CW Operators Assn. will be Charleston, SC, from 17
to 21 October. Celebrities MCPO CG Vince Patton & Fred Siegel (Fred’s
Place) will be there. For more info. contact: J J Huffman, POB 55388, North
Pole, AK 99705, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A committee is in the process of setting up the 3rd WINONA
Reunion to be held in Port Angeles, WA on Friday, 7 through Sunday 9 September
2001. For a registration form & a current roster of attendees, contact:
Cliff Rocheleau, WINONA Reunion Committee, 215 Applegate Lane, Sequim, WA
98383-3082, e-mail email@example.com, or fone 36Ø 582 Ø925.