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03-28-2008, 06:10 PM
I have tons of USCG pictures that I've saved throughout the years, figured might as well put them to use.

I'll post some hopefully everyday.

USCG Port Security Units


Two members of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 stand watch at a checkpoint. Currently deployed to the region to help protect the Port of Ash Shuaiba and the coalition ships. USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belsonhttp://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/238231dotjpg

Chief Boatswain's Mate Andrew OConnell, keeps a look out for possible threats while on a patrol with the USCGC Baranof, a 110-foot patrol boat from Miami, Fla. Coast Guard Port Security Units are comprised mostly of reservists and are often deployed overseas to protect strategic ports used by the U.S. Navy and coalition forces. The Coast Guard also has deployed four 110-foot patrol boats to the Arabian Gulf to assist the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet with Maritime Interdiction Operations. USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belsonhttp://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/238210dotjpg

Machinery Technician 2nd Class Mike Ransdell,keeps a look out for possible threats during a high speed security patrol. Ransdell is a member of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307. USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belson.http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/238270dotjpg

Port Security Specialist 3rd Class Rafael Ortiz, and Port Security Specialist 2nd Class Mike Burch, of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 stand watch at a checkpoint. USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belsonhttp://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/238213dotjpg

Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Robby Peterson, 24, from Clearwater, Fla., keeps a look out for possible threats during a high-speed security patrol. USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belsonhttp://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/23dotjpg

Machinery Technician Third Class Jason Schmitz prepares a 50. caliber machine gun on board the Coast Guard cutter Baranof before departing for patrol Wednesday, March 12, 2003. Approximately 650 Coast Guardsmen on six cutters and two Port Security Units are serving in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/193dotjpg

A living space for Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 personnel on the Khawr al Amaya oil terminal off the coast of Iraq April 10, 2003.
Many Port Security personnel choose to live in the large pipes (right) on the terminal that protect them from the large rats that also reside on the terminal.http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/171dotjpg

Personnel from Port Security Unit 313, out of Tacoma Wa., on the Mina al Bakr oil terminal in the North Arabian Gulf off the coast of Iraq March 07, 2003.http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/PORTSECURITYUNIT313dotjpg

Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffery Wildes directs Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 during the morning brief Saturday, training members for Tactical Boat Crew Qualifications that are necessary to ensure every member has the proper knowledge to perform their important roles in protecting American-occupied waterways and ports. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin)http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/PSU14Jul07294dotjpg

Petty Officer 1st Class Bryan Hoffman leads Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 back to their homeport in Tacoma, Wash., after conducting a boat tactics exercise July 13 and 14 in Port Townsend Bay off the shore of Naval Magazine Indian Island. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin)http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/PSU14Jul07226dotjpg

Petty Officer 2nd Class David Roach fires blank ammunition from a 240B machine gun, during Coast Guard Port Security 313 training at the Naval Magazine Indian Island. As part of the training, the crew members spent four days living in tents and were required to fire weapons using 7.62mm and .50 caliber blanks.http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee178/PolarisBrian/USCG/PSU/070718-C-2469M-001dotjpg

Petty Officer 3rd Class John Shriver maneuvers a 25-foot Trailerable Response Boat while Seaman Edward Melrose and Petty Officer 3rd Class William Procter hold on, during Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 training at the Naval Magazine Indian Island.

03-28-2008, 06:20 PM

A Coast Guard helicopter from Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville maneuvers over a Coast Guard tactical training boat. After the pilots get the helicopter in to position, a gunner aboard the helicopter will simulate shooting out the engines of the boat. The tactical training boat is designed to mirror a high-speed drug smuggling boat used in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea known as a go-fast. Aircrews from HITRON deploy aboard Coast Guard cutters to known drug transit zones through out the Pacific and the Caribbean stopping smugglers. The armed helicopter interdiction unit has stopped 114 go-fasts since 1998 preventing more than $8 billion worth of illegal narcotics from hitting U.S. streets. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska




Petty Officer 1st Class Nghiep Trang of Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville aims his sights in the path of a Coast Guard tactical training boat. Trang is a precision gunner at HITRON that shoots the engines of fleeing drug smuggling boats known as go-fasts, and he will shoot his machine in the path of a go-fast as means to warn them to stop. The tactical training boat is a speed-boat specially designed to resemble and perform like a go-fast. Trang is a Detroit native and has thwarted two drug smuggling attempts using his gun. The HITRON aircrew was preparing for an upcoming deployment. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska


Coast Guard and FEMA crews load a C-130 aircraft with palettes of cots and blankets to be flown from Moffett Field here to San Diego for the people who have been displaced from their homes by the raging wildfires there. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Kevin J. Neff)


Atlantic Strike Team members use cargo straps to tie down their personal equipment pallet before it is loaded on an HC-130J Hercules aircraft at the St. Croix Airport Aug. 31, 2007. Fourteen members of the AST flew to St. Croix to participate in team training and two exercises involving the Port Authority, Havensa and local Coast Guard units.


The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the first upgraded HC-130J long-range surveillance maritime patrol aircraft Friday. The aircraft's new mission equipment and sensor packages are designed to deliver enhanced search, detection and tracking capabilities to perform maritime search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and homeland security missions. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.




SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 6, 2005) Petty Officer Second Class Brett Salter of MSST 91103 San Pedro prepares to advance to the bridge of the Coast Guard Cutter TERN during a Special Surface and Airborne Use of Force exercise in San Francisco Bay. The TERN served as a non-compliant vessel on which MSST members performed a vertical insertion and a boarding by boat. USCG Photo by PA1 Alan Haraf.


As Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jarret Kenning of Maritime Safety and Security Team New York follows behind, Petty Officer 3rd Class Rick Hodges, also of MSST New York, leads his explosive-detecting dog, Mynx, through a line of cars waiting to board the Cat ferry to Nova Scotia at the Portland International Marine Terminal Friday, August 17.


USS JOHN C. STENNIS, crew members transport an injured civilian from a US Coast Guard HH-60J Jayhawk helicopter, to medical facilities aboard ship. The STENNIS assisted in the rescue operations, while underway conducting training in the Pacific Ocean.


A Coast Guard HH-60 performs a search and rescue, demonstration following the annual Alaska Day Parade on October 18, 2007. The rescue swimmer is deployed to recover a person simulating distress in the water, displaying rescue techniques that would be used in an actual SAR case. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Eric J. Chandler)


A U.S. Coast Guard HH-60J Jayhawk search and rescue helicopter, from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, conducts a search and rescue flight training exercise over Sitka Sound, on Dec. 11, 2006. Mount Edgecumbe, a long-dormant volcano located on Kruzof Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska, is seen in the far background. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class William Greer) (Released)

I'll Post More Tomorrow!

03-28-2008, 07:07 PM
nice shots dude!!

03-28-2008, 07:08 PM

Isn't this a MacMillan M88 .50 cal sniper rifle ?


03-28-2008, 08:18 PM

BOSTON- Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Mitchell, a rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., is hoisted back into a Jayhawk helicopter after retrieving Oscar, a rescue training dummy, 50 miles east of Boston, March 25, 2008. The Air Station worked with Coast Guard Cutter Tigershark, home-ported in Newport, R.I., Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, home-ported in Boston, and Vaedderen, a Royal Danish Naval ship, to locate the rescue dummy.


BOSTON - Petty Officer 3rd Class John Brennan, a rescue swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., looks out the window after dropping off three technical representatives and a Coast Guard inspector to the disabled LNG tanker, Catalunya Spirit. The tanker lost propulsion Feb. 11, 2008, and became adrift off the coast of Chatham Mass. (Coast Guard photo/PA3 Connie Terrell)


Petty Officer 2nd Class Erick Lieb is hoisted up to a Jayhawk helicopter after recovering "Sponge Bob" a dummy used for practicing in water rescues. PO2 Lieb performed to simulated rescues by jumping from the helicopter and two by being lowered using the hoist. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin


KODIAK, Alaska - A photograph of the crew members of "Coast Guard Rescue 6007." Photograph was taken at the conclusion of an eight and a half hour rescue mission, during which the crew battled darkness, snow storms, 30 knot winds and 20 foot seas while recovering 17 crew members of the Fishing Vessel Alaska Ranger.


NORTH ARABIAN GULF--Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Wittman, a boatswains mate, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Crawford, a gunners mate, conduct rescue swimmer training in the North Arabian Gulf, Aug. 16. Both Wittman and Crawford are stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Maui currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Maui is conducting Maritime Security Operations in the gulf as apart of Combined Task Force 158. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ltjg. Peter Lang.


Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Ariola, a helicopter rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, hones his skills in Charleston Harbor, S.C., during a training mission. The crew of the Coast Guard rescue helicopter was on their way to Air Station Savanna's northern staging area - Air Facility Charleston. Coast Guard photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska, PADET Jacksonville, Fla.


Two Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmers from Air Station Savannah practice approaches and releases at Air Station Savannah. The swimmer in the flight suit is playing the role of a panicked aviator. The swimmer to the right is fight to keep the victim from taking him under. Coast Guard photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska, PADET Jacksonville, Fla.

03-28-2008, 08:21 PM
Awesome thread, keep em coming.

03-28-2008, 08:22 PM

A US Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin, Search and Rescue helicopter, prepares to lift off from the flight deck aboard the USS CONSTELLATION, while conducting Maritime Interdiction Operations in the Persian Gulf in support of UN sanctions on Iraq.




The crew of the 378-foot High Endurance Cutter Hamilton, conduct aircraft emergency training with a MH-68A from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON), Jacksonville, Fla. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Jetta H. Disco)


Crewmembers, from the 378-foot High Endurance Cutter Hamilton, release the primary tie-down straps that secure the MH-68 helicopter (HITRON) to the flight deck of the Hamilton. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Jetta H. Disco)


Stingray helicopters from the Helicopter interdiction Squadron await repairs in HITRON's hangar in Jacksonville, Fla. Since it was formed the armed helicopter unit has helped stop $7.7 billion worth of illegal drugs from entering the U.S. in 98 seperate busts. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska.

03-28-2008, 10:11 PM

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class John Spada from Marine Safety and Security Team 91106 mans his weapon on a 25-foot tactical operations boat as another MSST boat circles around him during a movie shoot in New York Harbor June 19, 2007.


BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston, Texas, patrols the Brownsville Ship Channel as approximately 120 Mexican shrimp boats seek safe harbor in the port from Hurricane Dean Aug. 22, 2007.



Members of Marine Safety and Security Team San Francisco take a ride aboard an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore. The highly trained team conducts security checks by performing vertical insertions onto large container vessels. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer David R. Marin)





Members of Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team 91108 hone their tactical movement and shooting techniques inside a simulated ship on Naval Station Mayport Jan. 11, 2008. The MSST members use simunitions to make the training as real and safe as possible.

03-28-2008, 11:28 PM
Fun trivia: Only about six countries have a navy bigger than the U.S. Coast Guard.

03-29-2008, 09:18 AM


Seaman Thomas Chegin of the Cutter Dallas ensures security for his shipmates while they offload more than 9,000 pounds of cocaine at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The crew turned 185 bales of cocaine to federal agents. Approximately 450 pounds of the cocaine was seized by law enforcement crews of the Dallas after they thwarted an apparent attempt by smugglers drop the drugs to a small smuggling boat from an airplane. The rest of the cocaine was seized in two busts in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska


Drug smugglers on a go-fast boat toss bales of drugs overboard while being chased by the Coast Guard


Crewmembers from Air Stations Sacramento and Elizabeth City document as part of the more than 20 tons of cocaine is loaded onto a C-130 before being flown to Miami for destruction. The contraband was offloaded earlier in the day on Coast Guard Island from the cutter Sherman which confiscated the drugs during three drug busts in the Eastern Pacific.


A joint law enforcement team from the Coast Guard, DEA, National Marine Fisheries Service and Alaska State Troopers conducted a boarding on the fishing vessel Sea Hunter in Seward. They were looking for drugs, guns and illegally caught fish. The master of the vessel was arrested and taken into custody by the Alaska State Troopers.


Members of the Cutter Forward, stand watch over approximately $52 million of pure cocaine March 7, 2008. The crew of the Forward offloaded approximately 1,630 pounds of cocaine and turned over seven suspected smugglers to federal agents for prosecution at Naval Station Mayport. The Cutter Forward found the drugs in a hidden compartment on the fishing vessel Miss Allysa in the Western Caribbean.


A crewmember on Coast Guard Island prepares to move a pallet containg bales of cocaine following an offload of more than 20 tons of the contraband from the CGC Sherman. The drugs, which were confiscated during a patrol in the Eastern Pacific, were loaded onto trucks, transported to a nearby airport, and flown to Miami to be destroyed.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher O'Brien, an aviation maintenance technician assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Miami, stands a vigilant watch over the waters of South Florida during a law enforcement patrol. O'Brien looks for anything suspicious, such as boats that may be carrying drugs, migrants or other forms of contraband. The crew members also watch for vessels that may be in distress. USCG photo by PA3 James Judge


More than 30,000 pounds of pure cocaine sit on the pier next to the USS McInerney (FFG-8) just after it was offloaded. The $3.9 billion in drugs were seized in two separate busts in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Coast Guard and Navy turned the drugs over Drug Enforcement Agents to have the drugs destroyed and used for prosecution. Coast Guard photograph by PA2 Bobby Nash.


Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Forward, from Portsmouth, Va., prepare to offload approximately $52 million of pure cocaine. The crew of the Forward offloaded approximately 1,630 pounds of cocaine and turned over seven suspected smugglers to federal agents for prosecution at Naval Station Mayport.


Crewmembers aboard the CGC Sherman prepare to hoist more than 550 bales of cocaine from below deck during a drug offload on Coast Guard Island. The bales represented more than 20 tons of the contraband which was confiscated during a patrol in the Eastern Pacific. The drugs were later flown on two Coast Guard C-130s to Miami to be destroyed. (Photo by PA1 Alan Haraf)

03-29-2008, 09:46 AM
Little Known fact is that in the early 1990's the Cutter Mellon was fitted with Harpoon missles as a test to see if it was feesable, it was scrapped because of financial reasons. The cutter was also outfitted with Mark 46 torpedos as well, and also scrapped.


Post-fired 76mm shell casings rest on the deck of Escanaba's deck. Each 76mm round weighs approximately 35 pounds.


GMC James G. Guerette checks the control consol of the 76mm gun mounted on the bow of the CGC Midgett (WHEC 721).


The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa's 76mm gun blasts a projectile at a moving target during live-fire exercises. Participants took turns firing at "robo-ski," a small, remote-controlled jet ski. Tampa gunners hit the target every time.


The MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin fires a two second burst during a live-fire exercise off the coast of Mayport, Fla., April 26, 2005. The "Sea whiz" can fire 77 rounds per second and is designed to engage anti-ship cruise missiles and fixed-winged aircraft at short range. Pictured is a fire burst from the 20 mm guns and a round of ammunition as it races to its target. The Gallatin, a 378-foot cutter, is homeported in Charleston, S.C. and is in Mayport for Tailored Annual Cutter Training .


Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary Thompson (far left), Seaman Perry Shaw (top), Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Manske (middle) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Moises Ruiz (far right) of the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin load the MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) for a live-fire exercise off the coast of Mayport, Fla

03-29-2008, 09:51 AM
Very interesting thread Brian. Thank you

03-29-2008, 10:18 AM

Unlike the majority of previous cutters built before World War II, the 255-foot cutters, launched and commissioned between 1944 and 1946, were constructed as heavily armed warships. The Owasco carried two twin 5"/38 dual purpose guns as her main battery and a heavy anti-aircraft armament consisting of two quad 40mm/60 cannons and four 20mm/80 cannons. Her anti-submarine armament consisted of 2 depth charge tracks, six "Y" guns and a hedgehog. Their displacement was similar to a Fletcher Class destroyer but were 122 feet shorter and three feet wider.


With the outbreak of the Korean War and a consequent increase in the numbers of ocean stations set up in the North Pacific, the Coast Guard looked for a way to augment quickly the existing limited cutter fleet, considerably downsized during the post-war demobilization mania. The Navy's extensive mothball fleet proved to be a good source of readily available warships and the Coast Guard duly accepted twelve destroyer escorts of World War II vintage. Unlike the destroyer escorts manned by Coast Guard crews during World War II, these were painted white and commissioned as Coast Guard cutters. They were decommissioned in the mid-1950's.


The larger cutters also included a number of vessels brought into service for a specific task. The Courier was a Cold War "warrior" commissioned into the Coast Guard fleet to act as a relay station for the U.S. Information Agency's "Voice of America" from 1952 to 1964. She was stationed off the island of Rhodes, Greece, during that time. Interestingly, the transmitting equipment on board her was the most powerful of its kind ever installed on a ship. She ended her Coast Guard career as a training vessel for reservists and was decommissioned in 1972.


The clean lines of the 311-foot cutters are apparent in this photograph. They proved to be excellent high endurance cutters, "fine sea boats" in the words of one historian, and served the Coast Guard well. The Yakutat was in Coast Guard commission from 1948 through 1969 when, after duty in Vietnam, she was transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy. With the fall of South Vietnam, she fled to the Philippines where she was used for spare parts for the other South Vietnamese 311's that escaped the Communist takeover and "joined" the Philippine Navy.


The 255-ft. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA, based at New Bedford, Massachusetts, takes a salty shower bath in rough North Atlantic weather on ocean station 'Delta', 650 miles southeast of Newfoundland and east of Nova Scotia. This scene was photographed by Robert A. Small, Chief Quartermaster (Signalman), USCG, from the Coast Guard Cutter OWASCO as he watched the ESCANABA being relieved of ocean station patrol by the Coast Guard Cutter MENDOTA."; 17 February 1965; photo number Rel. No. 6105; photo by QMC Robert A. Small.


The Morgenthau was stationed in New York until 1977 and conducted one war patrol in Vietnam. She shifted operations after 1977 to the west coast. Over her career she has seized numerous foreign vessels for fisheries and narcotic smuggling violations, served on ocean stations, participated in rescues, and even served as an escort for the British royal yacht Britannia. Note the World Trade Center under construction in the left-center background.


USCGC Dallas (WPG-716; WHEC-716); no caption/number; photographer/date unknown.


USCGC Boutwell (WPG-719; WHEC-719) in foreground; then directly starboard of Boutwell is the USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725) which is moored ahead of the USCGC Munro (WHEC-724). Munro is astern of Jarvis and inboard of the Morgenthau (WHEC-722)--note the Harpoon launchers on Morgenthau directly behind her main battery; and finally the USCGC Sherman (WPG-720; WHEC-720) is directly astern of the Munro; USCG PACAREA photo; photo no. #PA 051892(01)-34A; May, 1992; photo by PAC R. L. Woods.

03-29-2008, 11:19 AM
Never knew the USCG were such bad-a$$es! Great pix! Thank you.

03-29-2008, 07:38 PM
Very cool pics, as a very young man I was aboard the USCG Glacier, Walnut and Venturas as well as the Point Camdan and Point Carew. I think the point boats are out of service now. I'm glad to see these photos posted, outstanding!

03-29-2008, 08:45 PM
Never knew the USCG were such bad-a$$es! Great pix! Thank you.

One of the largest Navies in the world, operating the world's seventh largest naval air force.


03-29-2008, 08:50 PM

Pascagoula, Miss. (Feb. 15, 2008) - The first National Security Cutter, Bertholf (WMSL 750), returned Monday after four days of builder's trials in the Gulf of Mexico. The ship's return to Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding's Pascagoula facility marks the latest milestone for the first NSC, which is nearing completion.

During the trials, extensive testing of propulsion, electrical, damage control, and combat systems were conducted. This culminated in the successful completion of a four-hour full power trial, standardization trials, as well as 57 mm gun and close-in weapon systems (CIWS) testing.
"When you combine this extremely capable cutter with our high performing crew, you have a recipe for legendary achievement," said Captain Kelly Hatfield, prospective executive officer, Bertholf. "We are building the legend one step at a time. The latest step was taken during builders trials with the successful first ever firing of the 57mm gun from a U.S. ship."

Bertholf is the first of eight planned ships in the new class of highly capable, technologically advanced multi-mission cutters being acquired under the Deepwater Program. Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding is building the NSCs, while Lockheed Martin is building and integrating the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities onboard the cutters.
Over the four-day trial, the C4ISR systems tested the surface and air tracking radars as well as the communications and navigational systems.

"The C4ISR systems demonstrated multi-mission capabilities simultaneously several times during the trials," said Brian Hillers, Lockheed Martin NSC C4ISR lead system engineer. "All systems performed very well and we look forward to continued success as we approach acceptance trials and delivery."

Among those onboard the NSC during builder's trials were 25 members of Bertholf's prospective crew. The majority of the crew arrived in the Pascagoula area last month and is completing familiarization training before taking delivery of the ship later this spring.

"I have served over 22 years on Coast Guard ships and this is the most pleasant, easy ride, technically advanced, and modern ship I have ever been on," said BMCS Bob Montague, Bertholf command senior chief. "I can't wait to sail her under Coast Guard command."

Photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman

Good that they are getting new ships.

04-03-2008, 05:54 PM

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy enters the ice for the first time just east of Strait of Belle Isle.


Coast Guard Cutter Healy sits approximately 100 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, in order to conduct scientific ice research. Scientists aboard the Healy are taking core samples from the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.(Released)



A quick flight in an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles gives a bird's eye view to Seattle and the Coast Guard Integrated Support Command below.


USCGC Polar Star Icebreaker in drydock. Since the late 1970s, these 400-foot mammoths of the Coast Guard fleet, based in Seattle, Wash., have been traveling north and south for their primary mission of scientific and logistical support in both Polar Regions. Polar class icebreakers have a variety of missions while operating in polar regions. During Antarctic deployments, their primary missions include breaking channel through the sea ice to resupply the McMurdo Research Station in the Ross Sea. Resupply ships using the channel to bring food, fuel, and other goods to make it through another winter. In addition, to these duties, Polar Star also serves as a scientific research platform with five laboratories and accommodations for up to 20 scientists. The "J"-shaped cranes and work areas near the stern and port side of ship give scientists the capability to do at-sea studies in the fields of geology, vulcanology, oceanography, sea-ice physics and other disciplines. U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO

06-22-2008, 08:12 PM
The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf visits Miami Thursday, June 19, 2008. Miami was the first port call for the Bertholf crew. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Nick Ameen)







Source: http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=77427

Lt-Col A. Tack
09-13-2008, 11:46 AM
Coast Guard Takes Troubled New Cutter on Grand Tour

August 2008

by Stew Magnuson

The month of June marked the coming out party for the Coast Guard’s shiny new national security cutter — the Bertholf.

Making its way north up the eastern seaboard, the flagship vessel of the much maligned Integrated Deepwater System, held on-board parties for VIPs and tours for the media and public.

Adm. Thad Allen, commandant of the Coast Guard, after riding from Washington, DC., to a Baltimore pier, said he believed that the program had “turned a corner.”

Deepwater, a system of boats, aircraft and a software and communications backbone that will one day tie them all together, has suffered from cost overruns, delays, and a radical change in the management structure. It is also the subject of one FBI probe.

About the same time the Bertholf arrived at Washington’s Navy Shipyard, a Government Accountability Office report titled “Change in Course Improves Deepwater Management and Oversight, but Outcome Still Uncertain,” landed on lawmakers’ desks.

Like Allen, the report was mostly upbeat.

“Coast Guard leadership is making positive changes to its management and acquisition approach to the Deepwater Program that should put it in a position to realize better results,” the report said.

A major change was the removal of the prime contractor, Integrated Coast Guard Systems, as the de facto manager of the program. The Coast Guard was ill-prepared to oversee the contractor’s work. Since the Coast Guard took over the program, the service has faced a difficult task in building up its own acquisition workforce, the report noted.

It has changed the way it procures boats, aircraft and other equipment. The “asset-based” approach has allowed the service to hold competitions for individual pieces of equipment outside of the ICGS contract. This differs from the “systems-of-systems approach,” where the program’s progress was judged holistically.

The new system allows managers to spot technical glitches and cost overruns more easily, GAO noted.

The problem is that the technological backbone — the communications, software and sensors suites that will tie the 12 new ships and aircraft together — doesn’t fit well into this revised approach.

“An asset based approach —- would entail some risk, as interoperability among all Coast Guard units and DHS components, as well as Navy and others, must be assured,” GAO said.

The Bertholf is not certified to tie into the Defense Department’s secure network, SIPRNET. The common operating picture, which would allow pilots and intelligence officers on board the cutters to see and share what their sensors are picking up, is also not yet in place, since most of the boats and aircraft are still under development.

For example, the MH-65C helicopter on board the Bertholf does not have the ability to transmit live video back to the ship, said the cutter’s assistant operations officer, Lt. Krystyn Pecora.

National security cutters will be the service’s command-and-control ships, so it is crucial to ensure that all sensors and communications systems work seamlessly, and that they can communicate with Defense Department and other agencies.

“How the Coast Guard structures … the [network] is fundamental to the success of the Deepwater program,” GAO pointed out.

Allen told reporters that some of this technology will be installed on the cutter during three maintenance periods scheduled to take place during the next year.

“We will start integrating the command-and-control structure inside the Coast Guard and with our partners,” Allen told reporters on the pier outside the ship.

GAO said the service’s new management structure “is not fully positioned to manage these aspects under its new paradigm.”

Allen said, “We will not operate the ship until it is in compliance.”

Despite all the elements of the network not being completed, the crew is eager to prove the new ship’s worth, Pecora said.

After its East Coast publicity tour, the cutter was scheduled to return through the Caribbean and the East Pacific on its way to its home port in Alameda, Calif.

“We’re all hoping for a drug bust on the way around,” Pecora said. “We all want to prove that we’re the Bertholf. We’re here. And we’re here to work.”

The first national security cutter has several new features not found on the 378-foot high endurance cutters, the largest of the service’s legacy boats.

The engineering room uses a machinery control and monitoring system, which allows crewmembers to monitor the propulsion on one screen using point-and-click interfaces.

The propulsion system, which has one gas turbine and two diesel engines, can switch between five modes. Combinations of the turbine and the engine can drive one or both shafts. For example, one engine can drive both shafts or the engines and turbine can combine their power to propel the ship.

This allows the cutter to accelerate from 5 to 30.5 knots in two minutes. The 378 cutter reaches about 29 knots.

Engineering room crews can monitor the entire ship with internal cameras. If a fire breaks out, operators can shut down ventilation systems and seal compartments.

All of its controls are duplicated at a workstation on the bridge.

Another unique feature is the ability to launch and land boats from the stern.

A recent man-overboard drill was completed in 4 minutes, 55 seconds. Launching a small boat from the side of the 378-foot cutter would take upwards of 10 to 15 minutes, Pecora said. And doing so at speeds of 20 knots could be harrowing.

When the boat returns, the coxswain throttles up onto a platform, which captures the boat with a net and automatically pulls it in.

A starboard side hatch, roughly the size of a small garage door, also allows for easy loading and unloading of supplies and personnel.

The Bertholf is also the first ship to use a 57 mm, self-loading Bofors gun.

Ammunition is automatically placed into the breech. Weapons specialists can control the loading, aiming and firing process on a computer screen.

“This whole boat is just one floating computer… for the point-and-click generation, this is the boat,” Pecora said.

Crew members also are raving about the improved living conditions. The galley is significantly larger and centralized. Passageways are almost twice as wide as the 378. Six coasties share one room and one shower. The older cutter berths 20 per room, and residents share three showers.

While the shower-per-crewman ratio is not much better, “No one likes sharing a room with 20 people,” Pecora pointed out.

Link (http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/archive/2008/August/Pages/CoastGuardTakesTroubledNewCutteronGrandTour.aspx)

The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf visits Miami Thursday, June 19, 2008. Miami was the first port call for the Bertholf crew. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Nick Ameen)



09-13-2008, 02:19 PM
i can't see any of the old photos... any way you could repost them

09-13-2008, 04:23 PM
i can't see any of the old photos... any way you could repost them

^^me too...:-(

04-19-2009, 04:43 PM

U.S. Coastguardsmen assigned to Port Security Unit 311 (PSU 311) get under way on a port security operation Feb. 12, 2009, at Kuwait Naval Base. PSU 311 is deployed to support maritime security operations and port security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Kenneth G. Takada/Released)


03/23/03, North Arabian Gulf - Seaman Michael A. Joiner, 21, and Boatswain Mate Second Class Brett E. Christenson, 27, members of boarding team "Swordfish" off of the Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, homeported in Alameda, Ca., approach a tanker ship for boarding. Coast Guard boarding teams are searching vessels in the Gulf Region for weopons, terrorists and Iraqi military personnel in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


U.S. Coast Guard members of a visit, board, search and seizure team from high-endurance cutter Boutwell (WHEC 719) conduct drills March 4, 2009, aboard guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), in the Indian Ocean, while Boutwell stays in close proximity. Boutwell and Lake Champlain are deployed as part of the USS Boxer (LHD 4) Expeditionary Strike Group supporting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Daniel Barker/Released)

04-19-2009, 04:46 PM

A U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) March 31, 2009, in the Arabian Sea. The Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group is under way for a regularly-scheduled deployment in support of the on-going rotation of forward-deployed forces. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jesse ****/Released)


U.S. Coast Guard rescue swimmer Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher Wheeler radios to the crew of an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter during a search and rescue mission in Fargo, N.D., on March 26, 2009. The Coast Guard and several state and local response agencies are coordinating a joint rescue effort for citizens in flood-****e communities in Fargo, Oxbow and Bismarck, N.D. DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Blackwell, U.S. Coast Guard. (Released)


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Jan. 06, 2007)- Crews from FEMA and Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento load 25,000 pounds of MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) onto a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft to be flown to Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev. For victims of the flood following the levee break in Fernly, Nev. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Kevin J. Neff)

04-19-2009, 04:49 PM

The Coast Guardís newest cutter Bertholf, a 418-foot National Security Cutter, makes its way into the Port of Miami June 19, 2008. The Bertholf is transiting up the East coast before heading to itís homeport in Alameda, Calif., for a formal commissioning ceremony scheduled for Aug. 4, 2008. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Krystyna Hannum)


Petty Officer 3rd Class Valerie Thrall, a machinery technician from Coast Guard Station New York, mans the M240Bravo machine gun while enforcing the security zones around the Staten Island Ferry in New York Harbor Sept. 10, 2008. Station New York is a multi-mission unit, conducting both search and rescue missions as well as providing security along New York waterways. US Coast Guard Photo by PA3 Barbara L. Patton.


SAN FRANCISCO - First Class Petty Officer Mike Conrad, an instructor from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala, takes aim with an M240H machine gun aboard an MH65 helicopter from Air Station San Francisco during hostile boat intercept training in San Pablo Bay today, Feb. 2, 2009. Blank rounds were used during the Homeland Security training. (Coast Guard Photo/PA1 Alan Haraf)

04-19-2009, 07:53 PM

Petty Officer 1st Class James Collins, a boatswainís mate from Station Saginaw River, Mich., awaits an escort from the Barnes County Sheriff's Department, along with a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service airboat team to conduct area familiarization patrols near communities in the vicinity of Valley City, N.D., along the Red River, Tuesday, April 14, 2009. (U.S. Coast Guard/Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough)


BOSTON - A Coast Guard crew from Station Boston operates a new law enforcement and search and rescue boat in Boston Harbor, April 13, 2009. The 45-foot response boat medium was delivered to Coast Guard Station Boston, March 28, 2009, and is the third initiative in the Response Boats 2010 strategic vision and transition plan, aimed at standardizing and revitalizing the Coast Guard's shore-based response fleet. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 2nd Class Luke Pinneo)


Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy march down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 2009 presidential inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009. More than 5,000 men and women in uniform are providing military ceremonial support to the presidential inauguration, a tradition dating (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class George Trian, U.S. Navy/Released)

04-19-2009, 09:09 PM
does any one have pictures of the new typle of liveing qauters on board the ship..
plus the first page has no pictures on it ..it has photobucket this image has been moved or deleted typle picture on it

04-19-2009, 10:32 PM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron helicopters sit in the hangar at Cecil Air field. U.S. Coast Guard photo/PA3 Michael Hulme


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A new MH65C helicopter of Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron flies tactical maneuvers with a tactical training boat during training in the St. Johns River, Fla., March 26, 2008. HITRON started receiving the new helicopter in September 2007. Some additional features on the new helicopter include a forward-looking infrared device and heads-up-display to enhance night operations, and an electro-optical sensor system to enhance detection capabilities. Coast Guard photograph by PAC Donnie Brzuska.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Petty Officer 2nd Class (AMT2) Lee Fenton of Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron takes aim with a decommissioned .50 caliber precision rifle during training in the St. Johns River, Fla., March 26, 2008. Lee is one of several gunners getting qualified on the new MH-65C dolphin helicopter. HITRON started receiving the new helicopter in September 2007. Some additional features on the new helicopter include a forward-looking infrared device and heads-up-display to enhance night operations, and an electro-optical sensor system to enhance detection capabilities. Coast Guard photograph by PA2 Bobby Nash.

04-20-2009, 08:43 PM

Lt.j.g. Steve B. Walters, 24, of Richland, Wa., and Damage Controlman First Class Christopher S. Keplinger, 27, of Leawood, Ks., divers from the Coast Guard Cutter Walnut, homeported in Honolulu, Hi., prepare to enter the water to inspect an Iraqi buoy for mines off the coast of Iraq in the North Arabian Gulf April 19, 2003.The Walnut is replacing buoys in the Khawr Abd Allah waterway to ensure safe transit for vessels sailing to the port of Umm Kusr including vessels bringing humanatarian aid to the people of Iraq.


Personnel from Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313, homeported in San Pedro, Ca., patrol the port of Umm Quasr, Iraq April 20, 2003. Coast Guard Port Security Units are maintaining security in Iraqi ports and on oil terminals in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.


U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Jonathan Vorwerk rescues Senior Chief Petty Officer Louis Coleman from Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vt., Jan. 16, 2009, during an ice rescue drill in the 33-degree waters. The ice rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Burlington, Vt., frequently conducts ice rescue drills to familiarize themselves with the challenges that come with making rescues on a frozen lake. The air temperature hovered around -4 degrees Fahrenheit. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith/Released)

04-21-2009, 09:33 PM

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MIAMI - A crewmember at Coast Guard Station Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., mentally prepares himself to shoot the M240B machine gun. Firing the M-240B helps Coast Guard members become more familiar with the weapon and its characteristics. (Photo by PA3 Barry Bena)


03/08/03, Bahrain - Coast Guard Quarter Master Second Class Matt E. Fonville, 22, of Moorehead City, NC., keeps an eye out for danger.More than 600 Coast Guard personnel are in the Middle East in support of Operation "Enduring Freedom."

04-21-2009, 09:50 PM

The 83-foot Coast Guard cutter USCG 1 off Omaha Beach on the morning of D-Day, tied up to an LCT and the Samuel Chase


The Coast Guard sent a team of beach patrol experts to China in 1944 to help train the Nationalist Chinese Army in the use of dogs and horses for patrol and counterinsurgency duty. A total of 21 enlisted Coast Guardsmen and three officers comprised the Coast Guard team and they trained over 500 Nationalist Chinese Army troops. Three veterinary officers were also sent along. For more information, see Eleanor C. Bishop's book Prints in the Sand that is listed as a source below.


In 1942, the Coast Guard recognized that the use of dogs, with their keen sense of smell and their ability to be trained for guard duty, would help enhance the patrols. The Coast Guard eventually received about 2,000 dogs for patrol duties. The dogs and their trainers were schooled on the 300-acre estate of P.A.B. Widnener, at the Elkin Park Training Station in Pennsylvania. Others trained at Hilton Head, S.C. The first dog patrols began at Brigantine Park, N.J., in August 1942. The dogs were so successful, that within a year, the animals and their handlers were on duty in all the districts

05-03-2009, 05:09 PM

U.S. Coast Guard ship passes for review off the coast Umm Qasr,Iraq April 30.


The U.S. Coast Guard medium-endurance cutter USCGC Tahoma is moored pier side with the Canadian auxiliary oil replenishment ship HMCS Preserver for Fleet Week Port Everglades 2009. Other ships participating in Fleet Week are the Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Toledo, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Forrest Sherman and the Whidbey Island-class amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland. More than 1,000 Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen are participating in a number of community outreach activities, April 27 to May 2, as well as enjoying the hospitality and tourism of South Florida.

05-03-2009, 05:18 PM

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Isaac Blakely and Master Chief Petty Officer Wayne Miesen enhance the unit's monument in the bone yard at Joint Task Force Guantanamo's Camp America, April 15. The bone yard is a display area where numerous commands, past and present, erect monuments noting their service. PSU 305 is deployed here to perform maritime anti-terrorism and force protection duties for JTF. The monument was built during their first deployment in 2002. JTF Guantanamo conducts safe, humane, legal and transparent care and custody of detainees, including those convicted by military commission and those ordered released. The JTF conducts intelligence collection, analysis and dissemination for the protection of detainees and personnel working in JTF Guantanamo facilities and in support of the Global War on Terrorism. JTF Guantanamo provides support to the Office of Military Commissions, to law enforcement and to war crimes investigations. The JTF conducts planning, and on order, responds to Caribbean mass migration operations.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Dalia Nevarez, assigned to Maritime Expeditionary Security Forces, stands guard on Iraq's Khawr Al Amaya Oil Platform. Maritime Expeditionary Security Forces is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.

05-03-2009, 05:22 PM

Engineman Petty Officer 2nd Class Kpaku Palay, assigned to Maritime Expeditionary Security Forces, patrol the waters surrounding the Khawr Al Amaya Oil Terminal in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.


Ensign Ryan Bohning, assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team of the guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain gives an interview to a Discovery Channel film crew. Lake Champlain is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting maritime security operations.

05-23-2009, 12:43 PM

Vice Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr., Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area, talks with the crew of an MH-65 helicopter at the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville, Fla., during a visit to several Coast Guard units in the Jacksonville area Thursday, May 14, 2009. HITRON is the premier maritime aerial use of force unit in the United States and has a 100 percent success rate of engagement.


An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, from Air Station San Francisco, flies over the Golden Gate Bridge May 14, 2009. Air Station San Francisco flew five Coast Guard ensigns at the bridge visitor center to honor the Barbers Point aircrew. The flags are being sent to all Coast Guard Air Stations around the United States so that each may honor the fallen crew of Coast Guard helicopter 6505


Members of a visit, board, search and seizure team assigned to USS *****sburg and U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South Detachment 409 detain suspected pirates after responding to a merchant vessel distress signal while operating in the Combined Maritime Forces area of responsibility in the Gulf of Aden May 13, 2009.


Coast Guard Cutter Sea Dog, a newly-designed 87-foot coastal patrol boat, transits Tampa Bay May 6 during sea trials. The Sea dog is scheduled to be commissioned May 25 and will be homeported in Kings Bay, Ga


Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Conrad, a flight mechanic stationed at Coast Guard Sector San Diego, hurries out from under an MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter after attaching a pallet of Girl Scout cookies May 2, 2009. In a campaign called Operation Thin Mint, organized by San Diego area Girls Scouts, more than 184,000 boxes of cookies were donated to the troops. The Coast Guard airlifted a pallet of cookies as a symbolic send off of the cookies during a celebration aboard the USS Midway Museum attended by more than 1,700 Girl Scouts


Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis clean the 76mm Oto Melara gun after firing 54 rounds at the ex-USS Connolly (DD 975) during a sinking exercise for UNITAS Gold Wednesday April 29, 2009


Crew members aboard a small boat from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported here, take aboard National Guard personnel for a tour of Honolulu Harbor during a Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (WMD-CST) exercise conducted at Integrated Support Command, Honolulu, Wednesday, April 29, 2009