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Chasing a dream

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Terrell Listening to the helicopter’s rotor blades slice through the night sky while watching his feet dangle above the turbulent water, the words “never quit,” repeated over and over in his head. Never […]


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Keeping Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin at the top of her game

Written by Lt. j.g. David Zwirblis and Chief Petty Officer James McDermott The Coast Guard Cutter Blackfin, located in Santa Barbara, California, performs a wide array of missions working for Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach. The ship’s primary focuses have been […]


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, […]


Chiquita, a Marine Safety and Security Team canine, and her handler join the Blackfin's crew for fisheries boardings of the local fleet.. Photo by Lt. T. L. Gregg

Canine operations aboard the CGC Blackfin

Story and photo by Lt. Tony Gregg Sector Los Angeles – Long Beach’s area of responsibility is home to several abundant fishery resources which the Coast Guard protects through education and enforcement.  Because of its location in the area, the […]


Fishermen complete survival suit swim under the watchful eye of Los Angeles County Fire Unit Baywatch. Photo by Marc Nguyen

Connecting With the Public – Sector Los Angeles Hosts Commercial Fishing Industry Day

Story by Ensign Michael Schuetzler If ever there was a profession that pitted man against nature, it would be fishing. On Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, a diverse team of Coast Guard experts combined their various seamanship and technology skills in […]


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Safe crabbing

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela Boehland. On the bobbing docks of Hyde Street Pier in San Francisco, Coast Guard Auxiliarists walk from crab boat to crab boat calling out, “Ahoy, Skipper!  Do you need a safety check?”  The […]