Coast Guard Club Newsletter

 

December 24

 

Thats the Coast Guard Clubs call book under the tree! It can be yours if Mrs Santa reads this newsletter!

 

WHO RECEIVES THIS NEWSLETTER? 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 WWW.USCGRADIO.NET, WWW.JACKSJOINT.COM & at WWW.FREDSPLACE.ORG. If you can receive e-mail files & would like a copy of this Newsletter each month, please contact me at DGardner@northstate.net.

JOINING THE COAST GUARD CLUB on the WEB. Go to WWW.USCGRADIO.NET. Current members may update their mailing address, call sign change, & any other information about their CG service, station equipment or email address by clicking on the Membership Form linkit is not necessary to fill in the entire form, just the changes.

COAST GUARD CLUB CALL BOOK is bound in a 1 spiral binder & will include a Certificate of Membership in the COAST GUARD CLUB suitable for framing. If you want a copy, send a cheque for $15., which includes postage, payable to Don Gardner.

Search & Rescue SitReps

WASHINGTON The CG alerted the maritime community today that it has concerns about the security of ports in 17 countries because those countries have failed to report compliance with new international port security requirements. The CG will be targeting vessels for increased boardings when arriving in US ports if they have visited 1 of those countries during their last 5 port calls. The CG has a range of concerns about the information reported from these 17 countries, including reports that they are not in full compliance, incomplete reports, or no reports at all.

FORT MYERS BEACH One of the newest weapons in the arsenal to protect our nation was unveilednew RB-S Small Response Boat. The 25-ft craft, which can be operated with as few as 2 crew members, is capable of speeds of more than 45 knots & offers a cruising range of 15 NM at 35 knots. Powered by twin 225-hp Honda outboards, the vessel has a draft of 3.25 ft with a beam of 8.5 ft & can be trailered for quick relocation or even flown in via C-13 cargo aircraft for rapid deployment. Beyond its homeland security mission, the $19, craft is fully equipped for use in SAR efforts as well as routine law enforcement & environmental protection. Originally developed as a replacement for some 3 shore-based non-standard boats, the RB-S has become the platform to increase the long-term homeland security capability at shore stations in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy. The RB-S boasts dozens of improvements over the RB-HS boat it replaces, including a reinforced bow, full shock mitigating seating, a larger cabin & LED navigation lights. With more than 1 boats per year being produced, the RB-S will eventually replace all shore-based non-standard response boats & the RB-HS boats assigned to the CG's Maritime Safety & Security Teams. The acquisition of up to 7 of these standard response boats makes it one of the largest boat buys of its type in the world. Several RB-S boats have already been ordered by other Dept of Homeland Security agencies & foreign countries for their maritime homeland security missions.

BOSTON The Quincy Central Middle School was ravaged by fire which destroyed 25 computers. The CG donated more than 1 computers, giving the school the opportunity to re-build their computer lab & put a computer into each classroom. Quincy Central Middle School will honour the CG with a plaque of thanks & will present it to the CG members responsible for the donation at the re-opening of the lab.

GROTON The CG's R&D Centre in Groton, CT, recently completed full-scale testing of the Boat Trap, an air-deployed vessel entanglement system designed to safely disable vessels attempting to flee with drugs or migrants onboard. The Boat Trap is a 22 long by 13 wide cylinder dropped from a helicopter that bursts into an X-shaped net in front of a fleeing vessel, entangling the boat's propeller. Successful full scale tests were completed recently at the CG's Special Mission Training Centre at Camp Lejeune, NC, using an HH-65 Dolphin helo from CGAS Atlantic City.

KODIAK A CG Jayhawk helo crew from CGAS Kodiak medevaced a 38-yo man from the Iron Creek area on Raspberry Island just N of Kodiak Island on the Kupreanof Strait. The man reportedly fell 36 ft & possibly fractured a wrist & sustained a head injury while hiking in the area. The CG received the medevac request via VHF FM channel 16. Personnel from the command centre in Juneau consulted a CG flight surgeon who recommended airlifting the patient. The helo departed Kodiak & arrived on scene 25 minutes later. Weather conditions in the area consisted of light winds & snow, but the crew still had visibility of about 7 miles. They safely recovered the patient, returned to Kodiak & delivered the patient in stable condition to an ambulance crew, who transported him to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Centre.

MIAMI CGCs FARALLON & VENTUROUS repatriated 18 Cuban migrants to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba. The migrants from 7 groups were rescued from 3 go-fast smuggling vessels located in distress. In 2 cases, the vessels were found alone & adrift in the Florida Straits. In the 3rd case, a 4th go-fast was found towing a disabled boat. A 5th smuggling boat was stopped by Homeland Security Air & Marine Operations Marine Enforcement Officers carrying 3 migrants, bringing the total number of smuggled migrants interdicted during this period to 98. 9 suspected smugglers were taken into custody & remain under investigation. Additionally, another 13 migrants were rescued off 3 homemade rafts found in the straits, all fortunately located & reported by Good Samaritans & rescued by CG units. Once on board CGCs, all migrants receive food, water, & any necessary medical attention. Determination of a migrant's status is made by the US Government & coordinated by Homeland Security immigration officials. 3 migrants will be turned over to immigration officials at Naval Station Gitmo for further processing. CGC FARALLON is from Miami; CGC VENTUROUS from St Petersburg.

CAPE HATTERAS, NC Good Samaritans & the CG rescued 2 men from the cold waters of Oregon Inlet after their boat capsized. CG Station Oregon Inlet received a call from the charter vessel Free Agent via VHF-FM Channel 16 reporting a boat had just overturned in the surf at Oregon Inlet. A 23-ft SeaFox with 2 people on board were fishing for striped bass near the north shoals of Oregon Inlet. A wave unexpectedly hit the side of the boat & the 2 men were dumped into the 61-degree water. In less than 5 minutes, the 2 men in the water were rescued by the vessel Fishing Fool, operated by Bobby Smith. Shortly thereafter, the Fishing Fool transferred the men to a 21-ft rescue boat from Station Oregon Inlet, which brought them back to the CG Station. No injuries were reported. The CG would like to remind the boating public to exercise extreme caution when fishing in the inlets close to the shoals. The CG responds to numerous calls of capsized vessels in the breakers every year around this time.

PORTSMOUTH, VA For the 2nd day in a row, Good Samaritans & the CG pulled fishermen from the surf of Oregon Inlet after their boat capsized. The 3 striped bass fishermen fell into the water after their 18-ft boat was capsized by the surf. None of the 3 was wearing a life jacket. The men were picked up by other fishermen & transferred to a CG 21-ft rescue boat from Station Oregon Inlet, whose crew was patrolling the area. The 3 men were taken to the CG station. No injuries were reported. The water in the area is currently between 55 & 65 degrees. Such low temperatures can be deadly within a matter of hours. We highly recommend that fishermen, & all boaters for that matter, wear their life jackets at all times, said PO Michael Bontempo of Station Oregon Inlet. Life jackets save lives.

MOREHEAD CITY, NC A CG helo & C-13J airplane from CGAS Elizabeth City were launched to medevac an 8-yo woman suffering from internal bleeding. The patient was aboard the cruise ship Maasdam, about 25 nm SE of Morehead City at the time of the launch. She was taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City.

HOUSTON The CG medevaced a crewman from the 9-ft fishing boat Tammy Lady 22 miles S of Cameron, LA, in the Gulf of Mexico. A watchstander at CG Group Galveston received a report that Zo Hung, 44, a crewman on Tammy Lady, had been gouged by a fishhook in the face & was bleeding heavily. An HH-65B Dolphin rescue helo crew from CGAS Houston was launched to effect a medevac. The helo arrived on scene, hoisted Hung & transported him to the Lake Charles Memorial Hospital. Hung was reported to be in stable condition. Tammy Lady is homeported in Irving, TX.

REUNIONS

CGC 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.

MEMBERSHIP There are 632 members in the COAST GUARD CLUB. DE AD4PT 73 & Semper Paratus.