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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 […]


Seaman Ryan Huber conducts surface swimmer training May 21, 2014.

The Barracuda Swimmer

Story by: Seaman Ryan Huber Edited/posted by: Petty Officer 3rd Class Adam Stanton   My name is Ryan Huber; I am a seaman aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Barracuda. When I first arrived, I wrote about my experience in the […]


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Ready, aim, fire!

Story by Lt. j.g Ryan Fox  It’s not often that Coasties have an opportunity to fire deck-mounted machine guns on land, but that’s exactly what the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Halibut did in late January during their semi-annual gunnery […]


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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 […]


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Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach Boarding Team – Leading the way

Story by Lt. j.g. Lauren Gonzales “Every time I would look at the cameras after a call for assistance …I saw a group of Coasties, the Blue Mist, sprinting to help.“ -Jim McDonnell, Chief of the Long Beach Police Department, referring […]


A 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from U.S. Coast Guard Station San Diego transits in San Diego Bay. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy.

Standing the watch in “America’s Finest City”

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class William Pless, edited by Petty Officer 3rd Class Connie Gawrelli   Known for its beautiful, sandy beaches, year-round mild, sunny weather and countless activities and attractions, San Diego is home to more than 3.1 million residents and […]


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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 […]


Station LA-LB conducts a patrol in their local waters. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

Station LA-LB becomes a “pursuit” certified unit

Story by Seaman Christen Willett Prior to 2013, Station Los Angeles-Long Beach was known primarily as a search and rescue unit.  As of January 2013, the title of “pursuit” was added to that list. “Being previously qualified ‘pursuit’ and being […]


Petty Officer 2nd Class Adonis Kazouris and Petty Officer 1st Class Lucas Spencer help a diver from Regional Dive Locker West don surface-supplied diving equipment before a dive in San Diego Bay. Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry G. Dunphy)

New gear for underwater guardians

Story and photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Henry Dunphy. U.S. Coast Guard divers have a new tool to help them carry out their underwater missions.  The Extreme Lightweight Diving System, or XLDS, will allow divers to stay underwater longer […]


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