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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


California’s Keeper Recovers Drifting Buoy

Story by Lt. Collin R. Bronson The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb, working with the National Data Buoy Center, recently recovered a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather data buoy approximately 100 miles west of San Diego, […]


Air Station Sacramento’s “Eye in the Sky” assists with kidnapping case

Story by Lt. Mike Angeli As the U.S. Coast Guard’s only West Coast fixed-wing aircraft unit in the continental United States, Air Station Sacramento provides long-range search and rescue, logistical transport and surveillance service for the 11th and 13th Districts. On […]


Coast Guard Cutter Aspen: Superior Technology, Superior Performance

Story by Ensign Sarah Otey It was a bright and chilly morning in late December 2012 as the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen sliced her way through the calm waters of San Francisco Bay toward the more turbulent winter seas of […]


Don’t get carried away on the beach

Photo, poster, video and story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela Boehland ALAMEDA, Calif. – Shortly after the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday, a family and their dog were walking along Big Lagoon Beach near Eureka, Calif., when a wave suddenly swept their […]


The greatest show on H2O

Story by Chief Petty Officer Mike Lutz America’s Cup sailed into San Francisco Bay with all the thunder and excitement of a NASCAR race — even supplying the occasional high-speed crash — all while numerous Coast Guard and local law […]


Coast Guard Inspection

Who speaks for the seas?

Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela J. Boehland. The large, green generators in the engine room of a 292-foot ship moored to a pier in San Francisco grind to life, filling the enclosed space with machine-produced roar. Coast Guard […]


Coast Guard supports law enforcement partners with $74 million in pot busts

 Written by Lt. Bernie Garrigan, Air Station Humboldt Bay, Calif., and Petty Officer 2nd Class Barry Bena, 11th Coast Guard District Coast Guard Air Station Humboldt Bay, Calif., aircrews have joined forces with federal, tribal, state, and local partnering agencies by […]


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