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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, 08:21 PM
Awesome thread, keep em coming.
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, 09:51 AM
Very interesting thread Brian. Thank you
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, 08:50 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.
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)
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09-13-2008, 11:46 AM
Coast Guard Takes Troubled New Cutter on Grand Tour
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.
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
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
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
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