The Arctic Coast Guard Forum consisting of members from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States coordinated an exercise to test search and rescue capabilities in the Arctic. The “Arctic Guardian 2017” exercises took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, testing cooperation, coordination, and communication across partner nations’ rescue coordination centers.
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On the 20th anniversary of his childhood departure from Panama, Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Luis Perez found himself in a familiar but immensely faraway place. Little did Perez know, exactly 20 years later to the day, he would be on a ship crossing the canal – as a crewmember aboard the Boston-based Coast Guard Cutter Spencer.
The Coast Guard’s ability to complete missions across the globe is contingent upon capable platforms and, most importantly, Coast Guard members with the proper skills, knowledge, and experience. Prior to deployments, Coast Guard cutters and aircraft crews hone their proficiency through rigorous training programs and practice. Providing the most realistic and high fidelity training environment to practice shipboard helicopter operations, Coast Guard Cutter Venturous led a Deck Qualification Landing (DLQ) exercise, also known as a DLQ Roundup, off the coast of Miami.
This month marks the 70th anniversary of a decisive victory for the predecessor of Coast Guard Cutter Spencer. In the uncertain days of World War II, the Coast Guard-manned USS Spencer steamed alongside convoy ships maintaining long lines of food, men and war machines destined for the front lines of Europe. These ships faced a new, elusive enemy: U-boats. These submarines harassed the Allies’ supply lines, attacking at night and vanishing just as quickly. The crew of Spencer lived under constant threat of attack.
On Jan. 15, 1974, the most highly-decorated Coast Guard cutter of its time, Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, pulled into Curtis Bay after her last voyage and decommissioning. With a heave, Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Hagerman put over the line that brought the mighty ship to her final mooring after a nearly thirty-seven year career. Thirty-nine years later, Hagerman stood alongside former Coast Guardsman Nick Frank on the bridge of a ship with a different hull but a very familiar name – Spencer.
With the World Series now in full swing, many Americans are headed to the ballpark to cheer on their team. Known as “America’s pastime,” baseball is symbolically American. But as long as baseball has been important to American culture, so too has it held meaning for our nation’s servicemembers.
“Do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.” – CDR Jeff Thomas, Commanding Officer CGC Spencer (WMEC 905) CGC Spencer On occasion, Coast Guard units receive letters from community members to say thank-you or to request a unit ballcap, photo, coffee mug or some other