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Communication and connectivity following Mangkhut: A Rescue 21 story

Members of Electronic Support Detachment Guam repair a generator at the Mt. Alutom radio site on Guam following Typhoon Mangkhut, Sept. 15, 2018. The generator is a back up power system for the Rescue 21 radio site. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Category 5 Typhoon Mangkhut recently impacted the islands of Guam and Rota, a commonwealth of the U.S. It plunged 80 percent of Guam into darkness and all of Rota, flooded areas and destroyed aids to navigation and damaged the Rescue 21 VHF and microwave radio sites in Guam and Rota. The U.S. Coast Guard sent supplies and crews to Rota to provide aid to the community and repair and restore power to the radio sites that are used to listen for distress calls throughout the Mariana Islands. Read here to learn more about the Rescue 21 system and how this 21st century technology assists these small Pacific islands.

Forward… to the Horizon

Admiral Bob Papp

Today I delivered my third State of the Coast Guard Address at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C. As we look back on what we’ve accomplished in the last year and then look forward to the horizon, I have great confidence and optimism about where we are today and where we are headed.

Deck the Hulls: VHF-FM Radio

Post co-authored by Michael Baron, USCG Recreational Boating Safety Specialist. Looking for the perfect gift for the boater on your holiday list? The holiday season is a perfect time to arm your friends and family with safe boating essentials. No matter what the time or temperature, it is always important to encourage your loved ones

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Rescue 21 continues to revolutionize SAR

LT Wallace gives a presentation

Lt. Sara Wallace, the command center chief for Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, gives a presentation to attendees of the Rescue 21 acceptance ceremony in the Sector Baltimore command center. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Brandyn Hill. Position? Nature of distress? Description of the vessel? Number of people on board? Are people wearing their life

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Take the SEARCH out of SAR

Did you know that your VHF marine radio is likely equipped with a technology called DSC, or digital selective calling, that can help rescuers take the “search” out of search and rescue? Ever wonder how that red “distress” button on your radio works? This is how. (Pay attention, this is important stuff, it could save

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itCG-two medevacs in one night, CGC Bear returns to port, communication is the key

One Coast Guard Air Station Sitka helicopter crew flew more than 560 miles in one night while performing back-to-back medical evacuations in southeast Alaska. Two calls for help came in at about the same time on Saturday evening and, after consulting with a flight surgeon, the crew launched to medevac the patients. One was located

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itCG-artificial reef cleanup, false distress calls, boat evacuation, man rescued

A massive project to remove 700,000 tires scattered on the ocean floor off Ft. Lauderdale is underway. Army, Navy and Coast Guard divers are working together to clean up what was supposed to be an artificial reef. 73,000 have been removed so far. Story here A reminder… making a false distress call to the Coast

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Then and Now Part 2: Putting the SEARCH in Search and Rescue

Post written by LTJG Ryan T. White Let’s go back in time, to the mid-1800s, on the sparsely populated east coast. You are wearing the uniform of a surfman, assigned to a U.S. Life Saving Service station in New Jersey. It’s about 2 a.m. and winter is loosening its grip on the mid-Atlantic state. There

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itCG-Maritime Security Response Team, Rescue 21 in action, four rescued from bees

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano visited the CGC Frank Drew in Portsmouth, Virginia yesterday to discuss maritime security and watch the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) demonstrate their counterterrorism and advanced interdiction capabilities. The MSRT was established in 2004 to enhance the national response to weapons of mass destruction incidents. Although the team is

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itCG-Rescue 21 to the rescue, Operation Safe ‘N Sound, DHS blog

Rescue 21 helped Guardians locate and rescue a family of eight whose boat took on water and capsized yesterday off the North Carolina coast. Communications were lost after a few mayday calls for help, but watchstanders were able to correlate the boats position using the advanced Rescue 21 system. Story here Coast Guard and local

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