Tag: buoy tender

Willow works the waterways

Working a buoy

Just hours after “Superstorm” Sandy had made landfall, Coast Guard Cutter Willow was deployed. Homeported in Newport, R.I., Willow is a 225-foot buoy tender with the ability to perform many of the Coast Guard missions. But it wasn’t icebreaking or enforcing laws the Eastern seaboard needed. It was safety on the waterways.

Got questions? This buoy tender sailor has answers.


We asked our Facebook fans if they could ask a buoy tender sailor anything, what would it be? And with more than 300 questions asked, it was clear you were all eager to hear more about the men and women who sail aboard “black hulls.” We picked the top five most “liked” questions and asked

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Ice-cold cooking: Inside a ship’s galley

Kitchen preps

While patrolling the Arctic Ocean, Juniper’s crew has a continuous, sometimes spontaneous workload. Around-the-clock bridge and engine-room watches and ship upkeep make time illusive, stringing together night and day. The constant activity keeps Juniper’s four cooks – called food service specialists – particularly busy. Feeding the 50 people aboard is an on-going cycle of planning, preparation, cooking, serving and cleaning.

The last of the fall buoy runs

Operation Fall Retrieve

Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay has been working for weeks to ensure seasonal aids are replaced for the winter months. Photo courtesy of LT Bryan Estell. For nine weeks, Coast Guard units across the Great Lakes have been working around the clock in the largest domestic aids to navigation recovery operation in the United States

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Back in mid-July, the Compass posted about the 2009 Buoy Tender Roundup and the Buoy Tender Olympic games. The cutter teams competed in the olympics last week with CGC Oak from Charleston, South Carolina, taking first place. To see some great shots and video of Guardians in action, head over to the Coast Guard Visual

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itCG-illegal charters beware, smuggler chase, 2009 Buoy Tender Roundup

Coast Guard rescued two people from a sinking boat off the coast of Jacksonville with the help of Good Sams yesterday early morning. The men radioed in a mayday distress call and were rescued uninjured the boat. Sea Tow is assessing the vessel for damage. Story here Coast Guard will be enforcing boating safety requirements

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