December 13, 2017

Coast Guard Recovers 2 Bodies in Lake Michigan

“Every year since 1921 the Chicago Yacht Club has held an annual race called the Race to Mackinac. The race which started in 1898, wasn’t an annual event until then.

The United States Coast Guard has a long history of helping find missing sailors, or civilians who are missing in the water.

During this years race two sailors went missing when their boats capsized.

The US Coast Guard searched for the missing persons,Mark Money and Suzanne Bickel, who had 44 years of experience between them.

The US Coast Guard found the bodies of Money and his girlfriend, Bickel on Monday morning at 7:45 am on the 18th of July.”

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Chicago Sun Times

Coast Guard Searches for Missing Sailors in Lake Michigan

Coast Guard Navy SEAL Training Program On Hold

Given the high marks and public praise that the US Navy SEALs have received since their daring and very successful mission to eliminate the most wanted man in the world, Osama Bin Ladin, many may question why someone would halt the two year old Coast Guard to SEALs training program.

Coast Guard Navy SEAL Training Program On Hold

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp did exactly that when he stopped the program last autumn and requested that Pacific Area Command perform a financial review of the program in light of tightening budgets and shifting mission focus. The cost analysis will determine if the funds invested meet the current requirements of the Guard and whether or not the program should be cancelled completely.

The cross-service program, initiated in 2008, was strongly supported and widely promoted by Commandant Adm. Thad Allen, Papp’s predecessor. The program was hailed as positive for both the Navy, with its increasing number of special operations in the Middle East, and for the Coast Guard, whose post- 9/11 mission was encompassing more domestic terrorism fighting capacities.

Though the program initially had much senior support, there were some that felt it was moving the Guard away from its traditional mission of rescue and law enforcement. Within three months of assuming command of the USGS, Adm. Papp put a halt to the program and initiated the review.

In January 2010, the Government Accountability Office reported that the Coast Guard continues to face management challenges regarding the effective apportionment of manpower and resources to missions that are increasingly divergent.

Since the inception of the Coast Guard SEALs Transition program in 2008, nineteen Coast Guard members have gone through a Pre-BUD/S Coast Guard training, and six Coasties have been admitted to the Navy BUD/S training. Three have earned their SEAL trident, and two are still in training. There have been no new Guard personnel admitted to the program since August 2010, when Adm. Papp halted the program.

According to a Coast Guard spokesman, the program review team of 20 people are expected to complete their cost benefit analysis in October of this year and Adm. Papp is expected to announce his decision, and the fate of the program, by the end of the year.

Navy Times

Coast Guard Pulls Plug on SEAL Exchange

Coast Guard Suspends SEAL Program

Third Coast Guard SEAL received his trident today!

SEAL Training for Coast Guard Members Put on Hold

Coast Guard Searches For Missing Boaters in Sea of Cortez

The US Coast Guard is gearing up to send out an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to help the Mexican navy find six missing fisherman, all of whom are American.

Coast Guard Searches For Missing Boaters in Sea of Cortez

A charter fishing boat carrying 44 people capsized during a storm on Sunday before it sank in the Sea of Cortez, which is near Isla San Luis, Mexico.

Out of the 44 people who had been aboard the boat, 37 were rescued and one body was recovered.

The remaining six men are still missing. After searching for them using surface ships as well as aircraft, the Mexican navy requested assistance from the US Coast Guard.

An Overview of the US Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard, although one of the seven branches of the US armed forces, is in many ways unique from all other branches. One reason for this uniqueness is the fact that the USCG has two overriding missions.

Us Coast Guard

Maritime LawFirst and foremost is the mission of maritime law enforcement with jurisdiction in both domestic waters and international. Under this mission the USCG operates search and rescue missions, marine environmental protection services, and aides to navigation, living marine resources, ice operations, maintain the rivers, intercostals, and offshore aides to navigation.

Founded in 1790 by Alexander Hamilton the Coast Guard operates as maritime military and is the oldest continuous seagoing service in the US. The main roles of this seagoing branch of the military are Maritime Safety, Maritime Security and Maritime Stewardship. And with the motto “Semper Paratus” which is Latin for “always ready” or “always prepared” they take their job very seriously.

Department of Homeland Security

The other mission is a federal regulatory agency mission under the Department of Homeland Security as enforcement against terrorism and drugs. Last year alone the USCG was responsible for the removal of nearly 185 tons of cocaine and interdicted 5000 people attempting to immigrate to the US illegally. Under the homeland security heading the USCG missions are ports, waterways, and coastal security, drug and migrant interdiction, defense readiness, and law enforcement.

The multi- mission state of the USCG is not the only thing that makes it unique however. While other branches of the military are either fighting wars or training to fight wars, the USCG is here at home and deployed every day to deal with emergencies of all types on the waters of our nation.

The USCG operates under the Department of Homeland Security during times of peace but can be transferred under the Department of the Navy during times of war.

The USCG is often lauded for its flexibility which is another difference that makes it unique to other military branches. While other branches tend to be focused on training the USCG is focused on doing the job every single day. There is no “peace time” for the coast guard, they are always in action.

History

The USCG was at one time the United States Revenue Cutter Service which was established by Alexander Hamilton in 1790 as the first and only naval force to collect taxes.

One interesting fact about the USCG is that when they were first established as the Revenue Cutter Service in 1798 officers who were out at sea to collect taxes from a new nation of smugglers were told that they might as well rescue anyone in distress while they were cracking down on piracy.

In 1915 the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the United States Life Saving Service and became the United States USCG.

The United States Coast Guard is one of the oldest branches of the American military and is unique in a number of ways. The USCG is unique in that it emphasizes saving life and the environment while many of the other branches concentrate on war.

Additional information at: http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/