After witnessing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbo in 1941, Lt. Cmdr. Frank Erickson became convinced helicopters would greatly improve search and rescue capabilities. He might have been described as a zealot but eventually convinced then-Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Russell Waesche to take a chance on using the helicopter as a search and rescue platform. Erickson created a helicopter training program and was the first to conduct a rescue by helicopter in 1943.
To say that the North Shore of Alaska is a remote place is an understatement. The North Shore borders the Chukchi Sea and the Beaufort Sea, two marginal seas of the Arctic Ocean. Even in the middle of July, the waters in the area are still icy with large ice flows in many areas. It is not hard to see that conducting search and rescue, one of the Coast Guard’s core missions in the area, presents unusual challenges.
Just as lake effect snow and northern Michigan are one, so are U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary aviation and Jim Johnson. A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary since 2001, Mr. Johnson currently serves as the assistant 9th District staff officer for aviation and the auxiliary air coordinator for the 9th District central region.
On Feb. 28, 2012, four Coast Guard members lost their lives in a helicopter crash that was felt by every one of the service’s approximate 42,000 men and women. Lt. Shannon Scaff, an instructor with the Coast Guard’s Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina, and long time friend of Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, decided to invest his grief into something positive: a test of his mind, body and will.
Chief Machinist’s Mate Berry became one of the world’s first helicopter maintenance specialists. A distinguished expert mechanic on original Coast Guard aircraft including landplanes and seaplanes as well as helicopters, he was lead instructor at the very first U.S. military helicopter training unit, the Rotary Wing Development Unit…
Coast Guard men and women have debated for centuries about what makes a successful voyage. While the debate continues, one aviator, Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Muro, holds the answer: build relationships, help out where needed and keep a positive outlook.
The night of July 30, 2013, was a night like any other in the San Francisco Bay Area – foggy, with a high probability of low cloud ceilings. Those who know the area are well aware of the microclimates and chilly fog layers that can overtake the bay in a matter of minutes. Images of the city skyline and the twin stanchions of the Golden Gate Bridge peering out through snow-like clouds are a common sight.
The Coast Guard deploys worldwide in service to our nation. Working with partner nations not only strengthens our ranks but also promotes camaraderie between forces of different countries. Lt. Sean Jehu has been deployed to the United Kingdom to learn from, and fly with, the British Royal Navy for this exact reason.
Weather conditions, crew responsiveness, incoming hazards and myriad meters, gauges and measurements. These are just a few of the things a pilot has to be wary of when flying an aircraft. A new concern is affecting Coast Guard pilots from Cape Cod, to Hawaii, from Puerto Rico to Seattle. Every air station in the Coast Guard is on the lookout for a simple beam of light.
Standing on the 17th Street Pier in Astoria, Ore., you’ll witness the ebb and flow of a bustling maritime community as fishermen prepare for the days catch and tug and pilot boats set out to safeguard commercial ships. But there’s a new addition to the pier in the form of a simple black granite slab. The monument is plain but what it stands for is a rich respect and partnership that has lasted for generations. Six words are etched in the granite to symbolize this respect – Astoria an official Coast Guard City.