Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Tuesday

On Tuesday’s Week in the Life series, we feature operations from Coast Guard Cutter Sledge in Curtis Bay, Maryland, engine checks at Station Cape Charles, Virginia, a drug offload in Miami Beach, Florida, night hoist operations in Houston and new recruits reporting to Training Center Cape May, New Jersey.

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For the past 225 years the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight.

Until now.

From Sept. 28, 2015, through Oct. 4, 2015, we captured a week in the life of the service to highlight the missions performed by America’s Coast Guard. From standing watch or training on the water to supporting our frontline operations, over the week we will highlight the day-to-day lives of Coast Guard men and women throughout the country and overseas.

Follow along on Facebook and Instagram , as well as right here on the Compass Blog throughout the week.

Fireman Apprentice John Perkins saws an 18’ metal pipe used as piling for aids to navigation to test the entry point of a vibratory hammer pier side at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sledge received the vibratory hammer and tested before getting underway. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Marin)
Fireman Apprentice John Perkins saws an 18’ metal pipe used as piling for aids to navigation to test the entry point of a vibratory hammer pier side at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sledge received the vibratory hammer and tested before getting underway. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Marin.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Quigley, a machinery technician at Station Cape Charles, Va., prepares to conduct engine checks aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, 2015. Machinery technicians like Quigley are members of boat crews throughout the Coast Guard and always stand ready to respond to search and rescue calls. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Quigley, a machinery technician at Station Cape Charles, Va., prepares to conduct engine checks aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, Tuesday morning, Sept. 29, 2015. Machinery technicians like Quigley are members of boat crews throughout the Coast Guard and always stand ready to respond to search and rescue calls. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nate Littlejohn.
Coast Guardsmen offload approximately 1,100 kilograms of cocaine and 4,420 pounds of marijuana, interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo and Operation Unified Resolve worth an estimated wholesale value of $41 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 29, 2015. Since October 2014, the Coast Guard has removed 130 metric tons of cocaine ($4.3 billion), the most since 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney)
Coast Guardsmen offload approximately 1,100 kilograms of cocaine and 4,420 pounds of marijuana, interdicted in the Caribbean Sea as part of Operation Martillo and Operation Unified Resolve worth an estimated wholesale value of $41 million at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., Sept. 29, 2015. Since October 2014, the Coast Guard has removed 130 metric tons of cocaine ($4.3 billion), the most since 2008. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Barney.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Grow, an aviation electrician, waits in the cabin of an MH-65 helicopter to lower the rescue basket during training in Galveston Bay, Texas, Sept. 29, 2015. Night operations training prepares air crews for the daunting task of performing a rescue with very little light and low visibility. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Daniel Grow, an aviation electrician, waits in the cabin of an MH-65 helicopter to lower the rescue basket during training in Galveston Bay, Texas, Sept. 29, 2015. Night operations training prepares air crews for the daunting task of performing a rescue with very little light and low visibility. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams.
Petty Officer 1st Class Carson Russell, a Company Commander at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., motivates the newest recruits to arrive for basic training, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Recruits arrive from all over the country most Tuesdays out of the year to begin their eight-week basic training before being deployed to Coast Guard units all over the world. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)
Petty Officer 1st Class Carson Russell, a Company Commander at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., motivates the newest recruits to arrive for basic training, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015. Recruits arrive from all over the country most Tuesdays out of the year to begin their eight-week basic training before being deployed to Coast Guard units all over the world. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards.

2 comments on “Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Tuesday”

  1. Oh, my word, what is going wrong here? A CHIEF offloading? NO, no, no! The service is not going to survive this. Chiefs do not offload anything, this is wrong, wrong, wrong, oh my lord it is wrong. The only way to make it right is to put all the 0-3’s and below in the same work detail, doing the same work. Ohmywordiamtakingdeepbreaths! Please tell me this is a lens error…

  2. I have been following your Week in the life of the coast guard !! Great articles !! Are you going to have an article of the crews that assisted in the search n rescue of the EL Faro ? I have been following the Fated ELFaro incident n praise those pilots in the Hercules plane that pushed to the operational limits during the hurricane Joquain to find any survivors or ship . There were several of your cutters that were diverted to the search n rescue as well , the northland , the resolute and the sexton I believe . I saw several pictures on Twitter from the USCG southeast posted as well .
    Praying for those families that lost there loved ones . I respect the I USCG being my grandfather was in the CG n dad in navy . So much praise n honor n respect to all those men n women in the USCG !! Not to forget all our branches in the military as well !! Thank you for your service !!!

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