The photo's original caption stated: "Speak, boy -- Coast
Guardsman Raymond A. Wiascinski, engineman second class (right),
and Seaman David E. Aikens try to coax friend Charlie into
singing for part of his supper at Los Angeles Harbor Light.
Charlie, a junior-sized California harbor seal, has been adopted
by the station-keepers as their unofficial mascot."; 4 February
many people think about the United States Coast Guard, we think
about how they rescue people who capsize in their boats.
Sometimes we may even think about how they intersect drug
trafficking or illegal immigrants that come in through the south
But the United States Coast Guard does so much we don't normally
think about or realize. D.C. can't mention all the great things
they do for us, but we would like to highlight a few and say
DANK JE WEL
JUNEAU, Alaska -- The 178-foot Spirit of Glacier Bay was
re-floated from a sand bar in Tarr Inlet. Preliminary assessment
of the vessel's propulsion system is operational. No pollution
has been reported and boom has been prestaged on board the
Spirit of Glacier Bay as a precautionary measure. USCG Photo.
Fla. – A new MH65C helicopter of Helicopter Interdiction
Tactical Squadron flies tactical maneuvers with a tactical
training boat during training in the
St. Johns River, Fla.,
March 26, 2008.
Coast Guard photograph by PAC Donnie Brzuska.
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visit their site.
Apr 2, 1983- The State Department forwarded a request for assistance from
the United Arab Emirates to help prepare for an oil spill cleanup in
the Persian Gulf. The spill occurred after combat operations during
the Iran/Iraq war had left many oil wells burning and leaking oil.
Four Coast Guard pollution experts responded to the request.
Mar 24, 1989- The tanker Exxon Valdez
grounded on a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 10.1
million gallons of crude oil. This was the worst oil spill in U.S.
history to date. Coast Guard units responded and prevented the
entire cargo from spilling, cleaned up the oil which did spill, and
conducted an investigation into the causes of the accident. The
spill provided the impetus for the passage of the Oil Protection Act
of 1990, which greatly increased the Coast Guard's role in
protecting the nation against spills.
Above: Prince William Sound,
AK (Mar. 28)--Workers steam blast rocks soaked in crude oil
from the leaking tanker Exxon Valdez. U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO
Below: PACIFICA BEACH,
-- Coast Guard, State Fish and Game and contracted
responders continue clean-up efforts along beaches from
Carmel to Pacifica after tarballs washed ashore. (photo by
Petty Officer Erik Swanson)
receiving a request from the Saudi government, the Bush
Administration determined that the Coast Guard would head an
interagency team that would assist the Saudi government in an oil
spill assessment and plan for a clean-up operation after an
intentional Iraqi oil spill.
1995-The 750-foot Greek-flagged freighter Alexia collided with the
514-foot Singapore-flagged Enif near the mouth of the
Mississippi River, 70 miles south of New Orleans. The two ships
were joined at the point of collision and drifted through the maze
of oil and gas platforms scattered across the area, narrowly missing
one by a mere 25 yards. CGC Courageous served as the
on-scene commander to coordinate the response. AIRSTA New Orleans
launched three helicopters to provide SAR coverage and to evaluate
the damage suffered by the foundering vessels. Personnel from MSO
New Orleans and the Gulf Strike Team were sent on-scene to deal
with the 80,000 gallon fuel-oil spill. CGC White Holly and
M/V Secore Osprey provided skimming resources. The
freighters were separated successfully, their remaining fuel was
lightered off and they made it to Mobile escorted by CGC Point
ferry Natchez is surrounded by boom July 25, 2008, at
downtown New Orleans. The motor vessel Tintomara and a tug
and barge collided,
nearly 420,000 gallons of oil. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd
Class Christopher D.
(Nov. 12, 2007) SAN FRANCISCO - Cleanup crews attend to the
Motor Vessel Cosco Busan here today. (Coast Guard photo by
Petty Officer Jonathan R. Cilley)
Jan. 19, 1996- The tug Scandia
and its barge, the North Cape,
ran aground on the shore of Rhode Island, spilling 828,000 gallons
of oil. This was the worst spill in that state's history. The
Coast Guard rescued the entire crew, pumped off 1.5 million gallons
of oil and conducted skimming operations.
Mar 18, 1996- The single-hulled barge San Gabriel buckled and
split open in rough seas, rupturing two tanks and spilling 210,000
gallons of oil in the Houston Ship Channel near Galveston, Texas.
Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Galveston established a joint command
structure with local agencies and private contractors to isolate and
then clean up the spill. Personnel from the Gulf Strike Team, MSO
Houston, MSO New Orleans, Aviation Training Center Mobile, and the
8th District supplemented MSU Galveston. The majority of the spill
was cleaned up in three days.
cruise vessel Wilderness Adventurer ran aground in Glacier
Bay National Park in Alaska. All passengers and crew were safely
evacuated from the stranded vessel. The responders from the Alaska
Department of Environmental Conservation, Coast Guard, and Glacier
Bay Tours and Cruises (which operated the vessel) then successfully
refloated her and towed her to drydock. Oil containment booms
contained the 300 gallons of fuel that leaked from the vessel. A
Coast Guard spokesman later stated "This is the best-run
multi-agency operation I've seen in my career. It went well. We
still have a damaged vessel to take care of, but at least it's not
at the bottom of the ocean in a national park." The Coast Guard
also investigated the accident.
Feb 23, 1822- Congress authorized the Revenue Cutter Service to protect
the natural environment by preventing "scoundrels" from cutting live
oak, needed for cutters and Navy vessels, on Florida public lands.
Apr 6, 1894- President authorized the Revenue Cutter Service to enforce
the Paris Award, which was concerned with the preservation of fur
seals in Alaska.
Jun 7, 1902-Alaskan Game Law passed to be enforced by Revenue Cutter
Service "on request" of Secretary of Agriculture. It, however, was
not effectively enforced by Coast Guard until 1925.
1911- Convention signed between United States, Great Britain, Japan and
Russia prohibiting taking of fur seals and sea otters in North
Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, north of 300 latitude, except for food
Jun 7, 1924-Oil Pollution Act was passed. It was enforced by the Coast
May 1, 1936-Congress passed the Whaling Treaty Act, which made it
unlawful to take right whales or calves of any whale. The act was
enforced by the Coast Guard. 1936-Congress passed the Whaling Treaty
Act, which made it unlawful to take right whales or calves of any
whale. The act was enforced by the Coast Guard.
Apr 7, 1938- Congress passed HR 8982, an amendment to the Alien Fishing
Act (50 Stat. 639). The amendment clarified the earlier laws on
salmon fishing in Alaskan waters by limiting commercial salmon
fishing in the vicinity of Bristol Bay, Alaska, to U.S. citizens
only. The act was enforced by the Coast Guard.
Guard crews assist members of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration track an entangled whale calf 28
miles southwest of Oahu
April 25, 2008.
Members of the Coast Guard and NOAA often work together to
resolve animal distress issues and marine debris cases.
(Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael De Nyse, U.S.
Middle: HOLDEN BEACH, N.C. (Nov. 15, 2004) SN Eric Suder
(left) assists NOAA Fisheries in the release of a
satellite-tagged dolphin off an ex-Coast Guard 41’ UTB,
donated to NOAA and retrofitted for marine research.
Bottom: A staff member from the Marine Mammal Care Center in
an Pedro releases a sea lion from a 25-foot Coast Guard Safe
Boat off Catalina Island. The sea lion was released
along with another sea lion that had alos been at the care
center. Photo by CWO Scott Epperson
All Are Created Equal
Jul 29, 1898- The
Revenue Cutter Bear took 97 survivors of whaling vessels, who
had been caught in Arctic ice and rescued by the Overland
Expedition, and transported them to San Francisco.
May 17, 1999-The Coast Guard "kept the peace" when the Makah Indian tribe
hunted and killed a gray whale in Neah Bay, Washington. The Makah
were guaranteed the right to hunt whales in their 1855 treaty with