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August 19, 2004
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In this week's newsletter:
9/11 Commission: US
Transportation System Remains Vulnerable to Attack
18 Aug 2004, 15:31 UTC
The bi-partisan commission that probed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, along with key U.S. senators, says America's vast transportation system remains vulnerable to terrorist attack.
New face of homeland security has survived ups and downs
New York Daily News
WASHINGTON - President Bush's newest counterterror spin doctor was a top Clinton administration lawyer sacked by Attorney General John Ashcroft three years ago.
Homeland Honcho Now Heads Up CG
August 14, 2004
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's top military adviser took over yesterday as commanding officer of Coast Guard forces in Boston.
This Week in the Coast Guard
From Coast Guard News Sources
August 18, 2004
August 18: COAST GUARD RESCUES FIVE AFTER BOAT COLLISION
BOSTON - Rescues crews from Coast Guard Station Boston, saved five people after two pleasure craft collided in Boston Harbor between Thompson Island and Marina Bay about 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Ferry captain won't be prosecuted in crash
Associated Press, August 19, 2004
NEW YORK -- A former Staten Island ferry captain will escape prosecution in a deadly ferry crash in exchange for his help in the case against another official.
Coast Guard Releases Its Report Into The Fatal I-40 Bridge Collapse
New developments in the deadly collapse of the I-40 bridge near Webbers Falls.
Coast Guard rules shipmates
died of natural causes at sea
The U.S. Coast Guard and public health officials have preliminary determined two deaths on a Singapore-flagged ship that docked in Geismar Friday were apparently caused by natural causes, said Lt. Commander Paul Dittman, with the coast guard's Baton Rouge marine safety unit.
26 Cubans Repatriated To
Refugees From Six Groups Intercepted This Month
MIAMI -- Twenty-six Cuban refugees from six groups intercepted since Aug. 4 were repatriated to Cuba Wednesday.
Countries Run Drills For Panama
August 16, 2004
ABOARD THE USS CROMMELIN - The U.S. Coast Guard boarded the ship in the choppy Caribbean waters and began counting crew members, but the numbers did not match those given earlier.
Guard team hones its skills for possible shipboard threat
Thursday, August 19, 2004
By GEORGE WERNETH
Dressed in bulky protective suits and rubber boots, making eerie sounds as they breathed through oxygen masks, members of a team of National Guard and Coast Guard specialists descended Wednesday into the bowels of the USS Alabama.
Coast Guard rescues diver from
8/18/2004 11:30 AM
By: Associated Press
(CAPE HATTERAS) - A Coast Guard helicopter airlifted a diver to a hospital after he passed out while diving at the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary 20 miles off Cape Hatteras.
Plane Crash Kills Two
A small plane crashed near Seward Sunday afternoon, killing two passengers on board.
SW Florida boaters beware of submerged trees, buoys, debris
Published by news-press.com on August 19, 2004
Southwest Florida boaters who venture out this weekend may be surprised to find most channel markers in place, despite Charley’s wrath.
Coast Guard raises a red flag as bogus distress calls mount
Thursday, August 19, 2004
BY MARYANN SPOTO
The U.S. Coast Guard is warning against a growing number of hoax radio calls of boaters in distress.
Lifeguards Arrested In Late
Aug 18, 2004 8:07 am US/Eastern
(1010 WINS) ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, N.J. Two Sandy Hook life guards who went on a four-mile late-night swim after a banquet face charges after authorities mounted a search.
Port law agencies get a boost
New center helps coordinate communications
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle
A $4.3 million command center designed to improve communication among law enforcement agencies at the Port of Houston is slated to open next week.
Coast Guard base closer to reality
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
By Steve Gunn
CHRONICLE STAFF WRITER
The effort to convince the U.S. Coast Guard to keep its search and rescue helicopter unit at the Muskegon County Airport for years to come received a boost when President Bush signed a bill authorizing such a commitment.
Keeping the lights on for you
Ever wonder who keeps the lights shining at the dozens of lighthouses in Hawaii? It's a crew of 10 U.S. Coast Guard members led by Senior Chief Thomas Dutton. The 49-year-old Dutton joined the Coast Guard fresh out of high school in Framingham, Mass. He and his wife, Mary, have four sons, all grown up, and live in Coast Guard housing at Red Hill.
Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats (RHIBs) – Built for Rescue
Almost every major Navy and Coast Guard has them in their inventory. No, their not named, and they aren’t usually found in Jane’s Fighting Ships either. But, they are an important part of many major sea services. What type of vessel are they? They are Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats, commonly referred to as RHIB’s or RIB’s.
Command changes at Coast Guard aircraft center in N.C.
LAUREN KING, The Virginian-Pilot
© August 14, 2004 | Last updated 10:24 PM Aug. 13
ELIZABETH CITY — Retired Capt. Bruce A. Drahos said that Friday was a good day for the U.S. Coast Guard.
Coast Guard cutter gets new commander
Saturday, August 14, 2004
By VIRGINIA LANGUM
The Mississippi Press
PASCAGOULA -- The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Decisive received a new commander at a ceremony held onboard the ship Friday evening.
Coast Guard boosts security
New commander vows to keep Lake St. Clair, surrounding area safe
The new commander of one of the busiest Coast Guard stations on the Great Lakes plans to step up homeland security efforts on Lake St. Clair.
Charley slams seniors
Hurricane devastates Detroit native
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — By John Gerada’s own say-so, he’s seen plenty of hardship. At age 62, he now faces rebuilding his hurricane-damaged home and his life in Florida. He’s alone here, his wife having died in 1990, and he’s living on $1,593 a month. Until last week, the former Commerce Township resident and Coast Guardsman was living in the comfortable mobile home he bought 15 years ago.
Busy week at U.S. Coast Guard
Station Noyo River
Thursday, August 12, 2004 -
By Bruce Rogerson, Flotilla 87 USCG Auxiliary
While taking care of the regular business of vessel assist, search and rescue, boat inspections and more, Chief Perkins and the men and women of USCG Station Noyo River were at their best for a visit last Friday morning by Rear Admiral Kevin Eldridge, Commanding Officer USCG District Eleven. Earlier in the week the station hosted a lunch barbecue in celebration of National Coast Guard Day and provided overnight berth space for the veteran USCG Cutter No. 83527 alongside the station dock.
Boat made shipshape for
Three men retired from careers on the Great Lakes get the Cutter Sundew ready for retirement.
Duluth News Tribune
On Duluth's waterfront, amid the visitors and attractions, a crew of seasoned sailors is easing one of its own into the autumn of life.
Vietnam veteran garners praise
for Alameda park
Resident turns empty lot into beautiful tribute
ALAMEDA -- In Veterans Memorial Park, even the trees have meaning.
Port Townsend: Coast Guard's `iron men' of World War II era swap stories of days on wood-hull cutters
by LUKE BOGUES
PORT TOWNSEND -- Where the 87-foot Coast Guard cutter Osprey now sits in the Boat Haven, there once were three 83-foot wooden-hulled cutters.
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