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November 4, 2004

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Report: Coast Guard helicopters urgently need new engines


Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of engine malfunctions on the Coast Guard's workhorse helicopter has increased dramatically as efforts to install safer motors have fallen behind schedule, a government watchdog group said Monday.

Antiterror unit comes to Anchorage
COAST GUARD: Nine such forces protect ports nationwide.

Anchorage Daily News
(Published: November 1, 2004)

Alaska has become home to a new rapid-response military force, one that can deploy at the drop of a hat via air, sea or ground.

''Terrorists'' Attack Cal Maritime's Training Ship 
GOLDEN BEAR: Role-playing Exercise Helps Determine Readiness for Terrorist Attack

VALLEJO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 28, 2004--

Lessons Learned Will Assist with Maritime Security Curriculum Development

Ever wonder what would happen if a maritime terrorist event were to happen on a Bay Area waterway? Would local, state, and federal agencies and our maritime industrial community be ready? A first-of-its-kind Bay Area event conducted today at The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), a campus of The California State University, will help shed light on the answers.

Coast Guard takes part in terror drill

(New London-WTNH, Oct. 28, 2004 Updated 3:35 PM) _ Protecting our seaports from terror. Coast Guard cadets are training to stop a terrorist attack against New London Harbor.

Helicopter Crews Depart for Antarctica

U. S. Coast Guard
November 01, 2004

MOBILE, Ala. - Coast Guard helicopter crews departed Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile Monday to Antarctica in support of Operation Deep Freeze 2005.,13319,uscg1_110104.00.html?

Air, marine operations merged

By Jerry Seper

Air and marine operations assigned to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) were transferred yesterday to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a decision hailed by rank-and-file agents in both agencies as a positive step in the war on terrorism and the battle against illegal immigration and drug smuggling.

Planning Group Weighs Value of 'Maritime NORAD'

By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3, 2004 -- A U.S.-Canadian planning group is studying whether the two countries should adopt a maritime equivalent of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the binational command that has watched the skies for aerospace threats since 1958.

Charting New Seas:
Navy- Coast Guard Cooperation

By Charles S. Hamilton II and Patrick M. Stillman

The Navy and Coast Guard have a tradition of collaboration that goes back more than two centuries to their origins as sea services.

Advocacy group: Spill could kill fish, wildlife
Tank containing sodium hydroxide collapsed in New Jersey on Saturday, dumping liquid into the Arthur Kill

Tuesday, November 02, 2004


There's no evidence of it yet, but a local ocean advocacy group is concerned that a caustic liquid spill into the Arthur Kill on Saturday may cause fish kills and damage to other organisms that live in the body of water separating Staten Island and New Jersey.

Cleanup Ends - Public Beaches Re-Opened

U. S. Coast Guard
November 01, 2004

SEATTLE - Cleanup from the Dalco Passage oil spill has ended, and beaches at King County parks on southern Vashon and Maury islands are open to the public again.,13319,uscg2_110104.00.html?

Cuban migrant rescued from inner tube off Keys
Posted November 1 2004, 3:16 PM EST

KEY WEST - A 40-year-old Cuban migrant was found drifting alone on an inner tube in the Atlantic about two miles off the Ocean Reef Club in the Florida Keys, the Coast Guard said.,0,6378092.story?coll=sfla-news-sfla

New Coast Guard boat enhances patrol, search & rescue efforts

By Steve Card Of the News-Times

A new U.S. Coast Guard boat making its debut on Newport's Yaquina Bay this month is turning a few heads.

Manitowoc Co. a finalist to win Coast Guard deal
$400 million contract calls for utility fleet


Posted: Nov. 1, 2004

Manitowoc Co. is one of three finalists for a $400 million contract to build high-speed "response boats" for the U.S. Coast Guard, crafts that will replace a fleet of utility boats that have been in service for more than 25 years.

Coast Guard rescues four scallopers off Nantucket

By Jules Crittenden
Thursday, November 4, 2004

No more than five minutes passed between the time the first wave swamped the fishing boat Canadian Mist and the scalloper sank off Nantucket yesterday.

Coast Guard rescues 3 capsized kayakers

By Emily Burton , The News-Herald

PUBLISHED: November 3, 2004

GROSSE ILE - High winds might have caused three kayakers to capsize in the Detroit River on Saturday afternoon, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman.

Coast Guard boat crew rescues father and son

November 03, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - A Coast Guard boat crew rescued a father and son from cold Alaskan waters Tuesday afternoon after their sail boat capsized near Ketchikan.

Coast Guard rescues deer hunter lost in Upper Peninsula

October 30, 2004, 2:47 PM

ESCANABA, Mich. (AP) -- A deer hunter who became disoriented in a dense forest was rescued Saturday afternoon by the crew of a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter nearly a day after he was reported missing.

Coast Guard to inspect fleet before crab season

The Times-Standard

As the Dungeness crab season nears, the U.S. Coast Guard will begin checking safety gear on fishing boats in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.,1413,127~2896~2504716,00.html

Mentally disturbed man 'claims' NYC island

New York, NY, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- An apparently mentally disturbed man was being evaluated Wednesday at a New York hospital for trying to take over an island.

Ex-Coast Guard station won't be shelter

Published in the Asbury Park Press 11/02/04


BEACH HAVEN -- An application to convert the decommissioned Coast Guard station on Pelham Avenue into a homeless shelter has been denied, paving the way for the borough to keep it as an emergency-operations center.,21625,1098987,00.html

Honoring Coast Guard In Vietnam


Day Staff Writer, Navy/Defense/Electric Boat

Published on 10/24/2004

New London - Retired Coast Guard Adm. James M. Loy, who commanded an 82-foot patrol boat in Vietnam, said he found it ironic to see the lines at the service's recruiting stations in the 1960s and '70s filled with young people who saw the Coast Guard as a way to get out of the war.
    In fact, the Coast Guard sent about 8,000 of its people to Vietnam, a greater percentage of the total force than any other service, Loy said during a ceremony Saturday in Robert Crown Park at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy to unveil a monument to Coast Guard service in that war.        About 100 Coast Guard veterans and family members, whipped by a frigid mid-morning wind, crowded around the monument, a project undertaken by the Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association.
    "The Coast Guard went to Vietnam because we were needed, we had training and experience that was important," said retired Coast Guard Capt. Alex Larzelere, whose book, "The Coast Guard at War: Vietnam, 1965-1975," is considered the definitive reference on the subject.
    Once the ships, aircraft and personnel started to arrive in the country, the other services recognized the Coast Guard had more than just training and experience, he said.
    "We had a will and a determination to do the job no matter what it took," Larzelere said. But it had to overcome some initial resistance: one Navy admiral said the Coast Guard's small cutters would probably be mission-capable one day out of five, and there was no place to berth the ships and house the crews.
    The Coast Guard representative at that meeting promised the ships would be available two days out of every three, and the crews would live on their cutters. Two divisions of ships reported in 1965, and within weeks the other services were clamoring for a third, Larzelere said.
    He related the experiences of cutters that interdicted smugglers bringing ammunition to the enemy, sailed up the rivers and canals to provide fire support to troops taking fire, and provided security and safety consulting services in the ports where war materiel was shipped.
    The patrol boats were only the beginning of Coast Guard involvement in the war, he said. As the service's reputation spread, it was asked to provide even more support.
    When Air Force bombers were having trouble finding their targets because of navigation problems, a Coast Guard electrical engineer volunteered that the service's Loran C navigation system could be of inestimable help.
    The defense secretary approved funding for the project in December 1965, and within eight months the Coast Guard had shipped the equipment, cleared four remote sites in Vietnam and Thailand, set up buildings and towers and put the system into service, Larzelere said.
    Two years after the 82-footers arrived, the Coast Guard was asked for more help, and it sent five high-endurance cutters to Vietnam, which fired more than 77,000 rounds from their five-inch guns to support troops that came under fire inland, he said.
    When the Air Force realized its search-and-rescue capabilities were lacking, it called on the Coast Guard to help, Larzelere said. The service responded by sending its best pilots, including Lt. Jack C. Ritticher, 34, of Barberton, Ohio, who in two months was nominated for the Air Force Cross and three Distinguished Flying Crosses before he was killed June 9, 1968.
    "Considering the amount of action we saw, and the devastating attack on the Point Welcome, it's amazing we suffered as few casualties as we did," Larzelere said.
    The Point Welcome is one of the most tragic events in Coast Guard history. The 82-foot ship came under "friendly fire" attack before dawn on Aug. 11, 1966, as it patrolled near the mouth of the Cua Viet River.
    Retired Capt. Ross Bell, who attended the dedication ceremony on Saturday, was on the bridge of the Point Welcome that morning and saw the Air Force jets coming in.
    "I had sent Chief 'Mack' (Gunners Mate 2nd Class Mark D. McKenney) down to wake the captain, went to general quarters, got off a radio call, and everything just exploded," Bell said. "We had quite a crew. They saved that vessel, despite everything."
    Chief Boatswain's Mate Richard Patterson received the Bronze Star with a combat "V" for his actions to save the Point Welcome.
    But the encounter came at horrible cost. The commanding officer of Point Welcome, Lt. j.g. David C. Brostom, 25, of Los Altos, Calif., was killed, along with engineman 2nd Class Jerry Phillips, 27, of Corpus Christi, Texas, on Aug. 11, 1966.
    Bell spent weeks in a Marine Corps tent hospital and a Navy hospital ship before he could be transferred to a hospital in San Francisco, where he spent five months recovering from his wounds. McKenney; Fireman Apprentice Houston J. Davidson; journalist Timothy J. Page; and a Vietnamese liaison officer, Lt. j.g. Do Viet Vien, were all wounded.
    Listed on the monument are the names of the seven Coast Guardsmen who died in the war: Ritticher; Brostom; Phillips; Fireman Heriberto S. Hernandez, 20, of San Antonio, Texas, killed Dec. 5, 1968; Chief Engineman Morris S. Beeson, 37, of Pitkins, La., killed March 22, 1969; Engineman 1st Class Michael H. Painter, 26, of Moscow, Idaho, killed Aug. 8, 1969; and Lt. j.g. Michael W. Kirkpatrick, 25, of Gainesville, Fla., killed Aug. 9, 1969.
    Rear Adm. Robert C. Olsen, superintendent of the Academy, welcomed the addition of the monument, and noted that all young officers-in-training and paraded through the park as part of their indoctrination, because it is filled with Coast Guard history.
    "They need to know what our country has done, and what its people have died for," Olsen said. "They need to see it, they need to feel it, and they need to understand it."
    The monument also lists the ships, aircraft squadrons, and other units that served during the war. Bell said it's fitting that it should be located at the Academy, because all of the officers and a large percentage of its enlisted people pass through here at some point in their careers.
    "The traditions we have, the history we have, we're proud of," Bell said. "And the people who join and serve should know that."

Debate goes on over thrillcraft effect on whales
A July ruling limited a seasonal ban along a coastline on Maui

By Gary T. Kubota

LAHAINA As Hawaii enters the whale migration season, the state law that banned thrillcraft from Dec. 15 through May 15 along a Maui coastline where whales gather has been severely wounded.

Author to talk about book at senior center

By Carole LaMond/ STAFF WRITER
Thursday, November 4, 2004

Even as a boy Mike Walling was drawn to the sea as a sailor and to the stories of the men who fought in the great ocean battles of World War II.

Operation BoatSmart October Newsletter

Coast Guard on Television

Nov 6, at 4 p.m., the History Channel Modern Marvels show will air "Engineering Disasters 9", where a portion of the program Features M/V Brightfield's 1996 allision with the New Orleans Riverwalk and includes interview assistance from MSO New Orleans.

Nov 8, at 10 p.m., CBS will air a "CSI: Miami" episode that features CGC dolphin, CGC Halibut, Air Station Miami, Station Los Angeles-Long Beach, and crew from Air Station Los Angeles.  Our Portrayal includes a Coast Guard Operations Center scene and an at-Sea take down scene as we assist the Miami Dade Police Dept.

Nov 11, at 9 p.m., the History Channel will air a two-hour Coast Guard Special Feature: "History of the U.S. Coast Guard: Lifesavers to the World." This comprehensive feature includes historical footage and photographs along with interviews of Admiral James Loy, Dr. Robert Browning, Marvin Perrett, Robert Resnick, Dr. Vince Patton, and many others. Appreciation is extended to the numerous CG units and personnel that assisted with the development and filming of this documentary throughout its twelve-month production process.

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