itCG-Secretary visit, F-16 crash, President’s award, crab preparations

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  • The Coast Guard earned kudos from DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano during a visit to the Vessel Traffic Center in New Orleans. Secretary Napolitano noted the Coast Guard’s diverse and often unpublicized port safety and security missions during a meeting with public and private sector stakeholders to discuss inter-agency coordination and port resurgence after Hurricane Katrina. Click here for a video of an interagency exercise in the Port of New Orleans during Secretary Napolitano’s visit yesterday.
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  • Guardians are searching for a missing F-16 and its pilot after two F-16s collided during night training maneuvers 40 miles off of Folly Beach, SC. One aircraft was able to land safely. Coast Guard Sector Charleston has dispatched search and rescue assets including a C-130 aircraft, an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter, CGC Yellowfin and small boats to assist the Air Force and Navy in the search.
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  • Semper Paratus continues to be a way of life for Retired Coast Guard Master Chief Frank Jennings. Jennings, Recreational Boating Specialist for the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland was honored for his efforts to promote boating safety and cooperation between U.S. and Canadian law enforcement in the Lake Erie region. Master Chief Jennings was awarded the President’s Award from the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) at its 50th annual meeting in Corpus Christi, Texas.
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  • Ensuring the safety of Alaska’s valuable crab fleet is just one example of how Guardian missions positively impact the communities they serve. This week the Coast Guard and Alaska Department of Fish and Game are preparing to safeguard the departing fleet for the 2009-2010 crabbing season in the Bering Sea by deploying assets to enable rapid response and conducting safety training and inspections of fishing vessels to ensure a productive season and a safe return home from the rough Bering waters.
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