itCG – tugboat safely moored, POTUS maritime security operations, Holiday phone calls

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VALDEZ, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station H-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew observes the tug Pathfinder in Prince William Sound Dec. 24, 2009. The tug Pathfinder went aground on Bligh Reef Wednesday evening creating a light grey or silver diesel sheen spanning an area approximately three miles long and 30 yards wide approximately one mile east of Glacier Island. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen)
VALDEZ, Alaska – A Coast Guard Air Station H-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew observes the tug Pathfinder in Prince William Sound Dec. 24, 2009. The tug Pathfinder went aground on Bligh Reef Wednesday evening creating a light grey or silver diesel sheen spanning an area approximately three miles long and 30 yards wide approximately one mile east of Glacier Island. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen)
  • The tugboat Pathfinder that struck Bligh Reef near Valdez, Alaska, on Wednesday and spilled diesel fuel into Prince William Sound is safely moored in the Port of Valdez. After lightering of the boat concluded on Friday night, crews began to prepare for the ten-hour, 20-mile tow of the tug back to port. Investigators will now work to assess the quantity of fuel recovered and lost. There have been no reported impacts from the spill to the shoreline or area wildlife. The Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and Crowley Maritime Corporation have established a unified command and are working jointly to address the environmental impact and response efforts. The incident is under investigation by the Coast Guard.
    Story here
  • Guardians in Hawaii worked overtime this Christmas holiday to provide maritime security protection for President Obama and his family as they vacation near Kailua Bay on Oahu. The yellow buoys and armed Coast Guard vessels that mark the perimeter of the security zone disappointed surfers who were forced to cut their rides short because waves were breaking inside the zone.
    Story here
  • On Christmas day, several Guardian’s received phone calls from President Obama, the Commandant and the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPO-CG). The President called MK1 Michelle Roberts who is stationed onboard USCGC MONOMONY in Bahrain and GM3 Matthew Harris, MSST Anchorage, currently deployed to Umm Qasr, Iraq. The Commandant called BM2 Christopher Valdes, MSST Miami, deployed onboard a naval vessel conducting counter-piracy operations off the Horn of Africa and GM2 Zachary Houghton, MSST LA/LB, who is currently deployed with the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Cuba. The MCPO talked to MK1 Martin Bowley, MSST LA/LB, who is deployed to the Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Cuba and BM3 Daniel Sylvester, USCGC MAUI, in the Northern Arabian Gulf.
    Read the iCommandant blog post here

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