On most days, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw keeps Great Lakes channels and harbors open to navigation to meet the region’s winter shipping needs. Saturday was not like most days. Mackinaw served once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship.” Loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, the icebreaker played homage to an annual Chicago tradition from the late 1800s and early 1900s.
When dozens of tornados tore through the Midwest mid-November, the Coast Guard joined fellow responders with the National Guard and other state and local agencies to help the impacted communities. The six members of Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Peoria, Ill., are usually responsible for inspections and investigations activities along the Mississippi River north of St. Louis. For the last two weeks, however, they have been going above and beyond their normal duties to help those in need.
For 40 consecutive years Lois Bouton has written letters to Coast Guard men and women, earning her the nickname the Coast Guard Lady. Bouton, a native of Lake County, Ill., and current resident of Rogers, Ark., reported to boot camp Sept. 3, 1943 at the Biltmore Hotel in Palm Springs, Fla. After a month of basic training, she then spent five months in radioman school in Atlantic City, N.J., where she learned to translate Morse code.
Buoy operations, welding, the release of a blue heron, noon meal preps & a tow in Ketchikan, Alaska; this might be the most action-packed day yet. Check it out as we continue a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard!
Since 1790 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. We’re featuring the many missions of the Coast Guard in our Week in the life of the Coast Guard. As we continue the series, you don’t want to miss Wednesday’s action!
The Coast Guard is stepping up its boardings of boats heading south on the Hudson River. The random stops are part of the Department of Homeland Security’s “small vessel security strategy” aimed at increasing inspections of small vessels that travel from Canada to New York City harbor. Story here Late last night, Coast Guard Sector
Coast Guard and Navy resources will conduct a joint exercise in Cumberland Sound, Georgia, on Tuesday and Wednesday to test the Coast Guard’s ability to deter, detect and disrupt hostile acts directed at an escorted U.S. Naval vessel. To simulate a real response, Coast Guard vessels will use aggressive maneuvering tactics and fire blank ammunition