The commercial fishing vessel Kim Thanh, which grounded on Ormond Beach in Oxnard, Calif., March 14, 2014.


Story by Lt. Jeff Fry and Petty Officer 1st Class Carl Jehle Photos by Petty Officer 2nd Class Wayne Alleyne  The successful rescue of a master and crew from a vessel hard-aground seldom marks the end of Coast Guard involvement […]

An aviation survival technician practices hoisting manuevers beneath a Coast Guard helicopter. (Coast Guard photo)

A night like any other

Story by Lt. Jesse Keyser, edited by Public Affairs Specialist Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas McKenzie  The night of July 30, 2013, was a night like any in the San Francisco Bay Area – foggy, with a high probability of […]


CGC Aspen – Multi-mission, multi-talented

 Story by Lt. Cmdr. Tom D’Arcy After netting a $2.4 million drug smuggling bust on their latest patrol, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, homeported in San Francisco, Calif., continues to demonstrate versatility and commitment to keeping California’s […]

An estimated 29,000 people rafted along the Colorado River as Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) San Diego kept watch . Photo courtesy ANT San Diego

ANT San Diego and the Colorado River “Mardi Gratta”

  Story by Petty Officer 1st Class James Coleman Question: What do Mardi Gras, the Arizona desert and the U.S. Coast Guard have in common? Answer:  the 7th Annual Bullhead City River Regatta. An estimated 29,000 people rafted along a […]

SCAT team members are the eyes for those in the unified command.

Cleanup on aisle ‘shoreline’

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart When oil spills occur, the Coast Guard assigns trained personnel to survey the scene, protect the environment and conduct evaluations.  The Coast Guard specifically employs the Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment […]


From California to Korea: Coast Guard Auxiliarist provides vital skills for exercise

Edited by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Gawrelli and Lt. Eric VanVelzen What happens when the next major hurricane hits, sparking a massive search and rescue effort or another big oil spill occurs and the Coast Guard needs to quickly […]

Lt. Cmdr. Matt Dooris collects a bulk sample to test for lead paint.  Photo by Auxiliarist Eric Eltinge

Your health and safety — our only concern

By Eric Eltinge, AUX, HSWL San Pedro Have you ever been concerned about hazards in your workplace?  Do your lower back, wrists, or eyes hurt at the end of a long work day?  Do you work in a noisy environment […]

Crewmembers from the CGC Tern participate in a park cleanup in Alameda, Calif.

CGC Tern – Acta non Verba

Story by Cadet 1/c Alex Rennie Acta non Verba, which is Latin for “action not words,” is a fitting motto for the Coast Guard Cutter Tern, a multi-mission 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat homeported in San Francisco, Calif.  When the crew […]

Sockeye's boarding teams enforcing federal laws and regulations at sea. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Painter

Riders on The Storm – Patrolling and protecting the seas

Story by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Painter  Coast Guard units throughout the country are “located” within the communities they serve.  Nowhere is that more true than on Doran Beach State Park in Bodega Bay, Calif.  Because of its location, […]


Float plans – Safety can’t get any easier

Post by Senior Chief Petty Officer Doug Samp I want to tell you about the most useful safety device available today.  When you’re going through your underway checklist, this item should be the first and last thing you mark off. It’s […]

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