Loss of Coast Guard Aircraft 6535


Posted from Commandant of the Coast Guard Admiral Bob Papp’s All Hands e-mail:

Admiral Robert J. Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard
Admiral Robert J. Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard (U.S. Coast Guard photo)


I regret to inform you that last evening, Tuesday, February 28th, CG-6535 from ATC Mobile crashed in Mobile Bay. CG-6535 was flown by a four-person crew and was conducting training operations. A full Coast Guard and interagency search and rescue effort was launched – the aircraft was quickly located. One deceased crewmember was recovered, and extensive efforts continue to locate the other three crewmembers.

I know that everyone desires additional details on the crash and to know the names and status of the crew. We are following the appropriate notification procedures and request your patience and understanding. We will release additional information to all of you as soon as possible.

The aircrew and families must be our first priority. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as we move through the next few days. I am working with senior leadership to ensure we are providing every available resource to meet their needs.

We will conduct a full investigation into this incident to determine the cause. In the mean time, I ask that everyone remain focused on their duties and take deliberate steps to ensure you and your shipmates are standing a taut watch.

Semper Paratus,

Admiral Bob Papp

98 comments on “Loss of Coast Guard Aircraft 6535”

  1. True Heroes and God’s Angels are the Coast Guard Crews.  Loved and honored forever and a day.

  2. The crew’s family will remain in our prayers.  They are part of our family as are all Coasties.  May the good Lord hold them tight.

  3. We need to pray for the families left behind and for all of our service men and women and their families everywhere. None of them have an easy life worrying about their loved ones. 

  4. Sad day for CG Family, former H65 FM retired 1996 E-9, still remember those night flights, my prayers are with the families of those lost, still hurts after all these years out to hear of a loss of A/C and crew.
    ADCM John Chassereau

  5. God Bless all of the diligent, hardworking Coast Guard men and women that put their lives on the line everyday.  And condolences to the families.  Does anyone out there but me wonder and feel angered at the lack of national news and media attention to this huge story?  So disappointed with the major networks.  Semper Paratus!!

  6. I am so sorry for the pain and loss of life. To all of the families, God Bless and stay strong…may peace be within you with time, as only time can heal your wounds. They will be sorely missed…fair winds and following seas…

  7. Sad day in the Coast Guard Family, our thoughts and prayers are with the families of these heros. 
         Eternal Father, Lord of hosts,
    Watch o’er the men who guard our coasts.Protect them from the raging seasAnd give them light and life and peace.Grant them from thy great throne aboveThe shield and shelter of thy love.

  8. Soo sad! I pray that they would be found alive, I pray that the families would find peace in the midst of this tragedy! Thanks to all men & women who sacrifice their lives to keep U.S.A safe, especially my nephew Nestor Matias & niece Arlene Nevarez! Xoxo <3<3 God bless y'all!

  9. My condolences to the families of these four crewmembers. Thoughts and prayers are with you all. May they be blessed with fair winds and following seas. – Ben R (’91-’95)

  10. Eternal Father, strong to save,
    Whose arm hath bound the restless wave
    Who bidst the mighty ocean deep
    Its own appointed limits keep.
    Oh hear us when we cry to Thee
    For those in peril on the sea.

    God bless the crew, their families, and the searchers.

    Semper Paratus!

  11. Our thoughts and prayer’s to the Flight Crew, their families and ALL of the Coast Guard Family.  My son is currently serving on CGC Ida Lewis and plans to apply for AMT.  It’s this kind of new’s that brings to the forefront the risk’s all of the Hero’s of the Coast Guard face on a daily basis. God Speed.

  12. My prayers and condolences to all the families, friends and shipmates from a retired helo type. I have felt your pain. God Bless.

  13. I’m a USCG Auxiliarist, and I’ll be working down in Mobile this weekend.  You can rest assured that all of us, even the volunteers, will be doing our best to help, whether it’s with recovery or contacting people, or just painting a boat’s hull so that the deceased’s friends can have time to do what they need to do.  Whatever needs doing, we’re semper paratus.  We’ll also be praying for the families and friends of the crew.

  14. Coast Guard policy prohibits the release of names of deceased and missing service members until after 24 hours have passed since notification of the next of kin.

    We understand the desire for details, however, our concern at this time is for the families, shipmates and friends of the crew of the Coast Guard 6535 and we will respect their privacy and continue to adhere to our policy.

    We will provide updated information as it becomes available.


    Cmdr. Christopher T. O’Neil
    Chief of Media Relations
    United States Coast Guard

  15. I went to bootcamp with your son, always good to hear good things about those you began with.

  16. As a former 65 mech and still proud Coastie, my heart is broke to hear this news.  God be with them.

  17. I will continue to pray for a miracle. It’s so easy to forget how dangerous Coast Guard jobs can be. Thank you, Adm. Papp for reminding us all to pray for these members of the Coast Guard family. Coastie Mom ’02

  18. Can those of us who are praying and waiting to hear good news at least get an update on the search?

  19. May God help give added STRENGTH and COURAGE and LOVE to the families of these Coasties. I lost my Son-in-Law with CG6017 July 2009. I know the heartache that you are feeling and my prayers are with you.

  20. We thank you for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers as the Coast Guard searches for three missing crewmembers of CG-6353. 
    Earlier this afternoon, following next of kin notifications, the Coast Guard released the names of the crew members of CG-6353. Deceased is Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge. Missing are Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron and Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor.

    The search continues for our missing Coast Guardsmen and we will continue to update you as information becomes available.

    Respectfully,Christopher LaganU.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs

  21. The news of this tragedy is devastating.  I am praying for any chance in finding the missing crew members and for the families who are facing the unimaginable.  My heart goes out to all involved. As a CG wife and mother  I will continue to pray for the safety of all service members and the families who support them.

  22. My thoughts and prayers to all of the families of CG 6535.  I know what you are going through right now.  I hope that you can feel the long arms of this Coast Guard Family wrapped securely around you.  We are always here if you need us, any time of day or night.  God Bless and keep safe all of those who continue to search, as we pray for a miracle.  God Bless the men and women of the United States Coast Guard.   
    Eternal Father, Lord of hosts, Watch o’er all those who guard our coasts. Protect them from the raging seas And give them light and life and peace. Grant them from Thy great throne above The shield and shelter of Thy love.


  23. Thank you so much everybody for your thoughts and prayers! It really means a lot to friends and family. The rescue swimmer on board was my best friend. We were really close, he was a big brother always watching out for me.

  24. Semper Paratus! Our prayers are with the families, friends and extended love ones.  I am a new Coast Guard Mother and we were on the way to Cape May, NJ on February 28,2012 when we did hear of the tragedy.  Our hearts go out to our extended family and friends. 

  25. Our hearts are with you today. It is our sincere hope that TIME- the great comforter, will bring you that solace which God intends it should.
    BrendaPaul USCG Auxiliary D8CR 7-10
    author unknown

  26. As a merchant marine Master, my crew and I pray for the families. We always have deep respect the the USCG knowing you have our backs when the going gets rough. Continued thanks for your service. God bless the USCG.

  27. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and fellow coast guard members with the loss of the crew of 6535..I hope there is hope for the recovery of the 4th crew member as well.

  28. Deepest sympathies from your colleagues in the Irish Coast Guard.
    Ar dheis Dé go raibh siad (May they rest in peace)
    Chris Reynolds
    Director IRCG

  29. Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me! And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea, … But such a tide as moving seems asleep, Too full for sound and foam, When that which drew from out the boundless deep Turns again home Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark! And may there be no sadness of farewell, When I embark; For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.

  30. May God’s peace and compassion be with the families and friends of our fallen Coasties.

  31. Eternal Father, Lord of hosts
    Watch over those who guard our coasts

    We go in harms way in our appointed missions
    If He can’t protect us from harm
    He welcomes us into the ranks of the many who have gone before us
    Where we are in good company

  32. My heartfelt prayers go out to the family of the crew of CG-6535.  My grandson is in the Coast Guard stationed in Portsmouth, VA and I know by the grace of God, that it wasn’t his time.  I worry about him constantly, but I also know he is doing what he loves.  Our men and women go into all branches of service fully knowing full well the perils that could befall them, and they do it with pride and integrity.  They never quaver from doing their job and they will face their enemy eye to eye, if necessary. God bless  the crew of CG-6535 for facing their “perils” and God Bless all fine, brave men/women who sacrifice their lives while doing what they love.

  33. so sorry for ur loss, please know that men and women in our armed forces do the things they are called to do by a desire to serve and a desire of manifested internal destiny to be the best for u and for all they care about.  In their loss elevate to the things they said in love, remember for ever the desire to show a commitment to all they possessed.  I have been over the oceans several hundreds of miles at a time knowing each time maybe the last time. We do it because we are committed to the challenge we accept.  What is hard to understand for loved ones is that we do it all for the love of flying, to reject the fate of death but admonish the moments of life. Stay storng even in morning let joy of moments together over come anquish do not let the temptation of depression or desperation overcome the joy of life shared with the love once known so intimately. Tomorrow will always belong to the living and if u deny urself that joy u are not appreciating the past in love to survive the future. God will provide for the future be strong like the person u miss so much that will encourge life. Let not death steal ur time of life-in life is joy.  All death can promise is destruciton upon the living.  Let each morning u see the sun rise be a joy – run full speed ahead and enjoy each day. God bless!

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