All Hands Briefer (AHB)

Got this as an email, am passing it along. Thought some might be interested in signing up. Others might just be pleased to see the effort being made to keep the troops informed. 

I don’t expect to post these on a regular basis. 

united states coast guard

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Below, please find the key announcements and updates from this week. As part of our continual efforts to inform, support, and inspire our workforce, commands are encouraged to share this information with all hands. To receive the All Hands Briefer (AHB) directly, please follow the directions provided below the Calendar section.

NEWS 

SUPPORT 

 INSPIRATION 

CALENDAR
A CAC might be required to access some links. To add a solicitation or event, please e-mail MyCG@uscg.mil
18 MAY: Nominations due for National Defense Transportation Association Award
19 MAY: Change of Watch ceremony for MCPOCG and MCPO-CGR
20 MAY: Nominations due for John J. Jaskot Governmental Affairs Officer of the Year Award
26-31 MAY: CG Gaming Esports Competition
31 MAY: Deadline for the Ideas@Work Challenge on prioritizing Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear readiness.
01 JUN: U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Change of Command
01 JUN: Nominations for CAPT Edward R. Williams Coast Guard Award for Excellence in Diversity
03 JUN: Nominations due for Rescue at Sea 2022 Awards
03-05 JUN: Tom’s Run
15 JUN: Nominations due for Excellence in Safety Award
28 JUN: Nominations due for 2022 Latina Style Distinguished Military Service Award
25-29 JUL: 50th Annual National Naval Officers Association Leadership, Development, and Training Symposium
07-11 AUG: CPOA and CGEA National Conventions
15 AUG: Nominations due for Maritime Security and Response Operations Excellence awards 

Upcoming Officer Personnel Management Virtual Outreach Sessions
For details, please see ALCGOFF 007/22 
25 MAY: Afloat Assignments
08 JUN: Intel/DCMS and Cyberspace Assignments
22 JUN: Aviation Assignments
20 JUL: Chief Warrant Officer Assignments 

Very Respectfully,
Coast Guard Office of Public Affairs (CG-0922)
2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast, Stop 7103
Washington, D.C., 20593-7103

“US Coast Guard Seeks Information to Purchase Commercial Icebreaker”

Icebreaking Anchor Handling Vessel Aiviq

Maritime Executive reports,

The U.S. Coast Guard released a formal request for information seeking to identify U.S.-built commercial icebreakers that might be available for purchase. With promises of funding from the Biden Administration and the U.S. Congress, the Department of Homeland Security published on May 3, the request for information as the first step in the possible purchase of a vessel to bridge the gap until the newly built polar security cutters, which are behind schedule, are commissioned and available for service late this decade.

We knew there would be such an attempt to find an available icebreaker, but look at the specs.

“…USCG is now seeking to identify commercial vessels that are available for purchase in 2023 or 2024. To meet the request the vessels must not only have been built in a U.S. shipyard but must have PC3 or higher classification and the capability of breaking at least three feet of ice ahead at a continuous speed of three knots. Further, it must have at least 15 years of original design service life remaining and be capable of operations for a minimum of 60 days without resupply. Other specifications include a maximum draft of 29 feet and a landing area of Coast Guard helicopters.”

There cannot be many, there may be only one, there may be none.

If we do find such a vessel, it will probably take some work to bring it up to Coast Guard standards for communications and helicopter operations.

If nothing else, it might fill the perceived need for a second Great Lakes Icebreaker.

Thanks to Paul for bring this to my attention. 

Hyundai to build 6 Philippine Navy OPVs

The Philippine News Agency has announced that Hyundai has been selected to build six Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Philippine Navy. There isn’t much detail about how they are to be equipped. The list below are just options. A length of 81 meters works out to 266 feet.

This does mean Turkey will not be building OPVs for the Philippines. The acquisition process does seem to have been a bit convoluted. Initially Austal in the Philippines was expected to build this class.

 

“A Base in Minnesota Is the New Home of Coast Guard Cold Weather Training” –Military.com

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan McManus, a student in the Cold Water Ice Diving (CWID) course, treads water on Ferrell Lake, located on Camp Ripley, Feb. 3, 2022. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Fontenette)

Military.com has a story about the Coast Guard’s “Cold Water Ice Diving” (CWID) training program, which is also used by DOD divers, that may be of interest.

Thanks to Paul for bringing this to my attention. 

“Coast Guard Cutter Munro visits Suva, Fiji, hosts shipriders during Operation Blue Pacific” –D14

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro, a 418-foot national security cutter, and its small boat transit the Gulf of Mexico, February 12, 2017. Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

Just a news release, but an interesting one, about an increasingly common type of operation. Fiji has an interesting history, take a look.

PR people, please stop reminding everyone that Munro was, “the only Coast Guardsman awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.” Other Coast Guardsmen should have received the same recognition. Say he was a Medal of Honor recipient and briefly outline what he did, that he was killed in action rescuing Marines from an ambush on Guadalcanal.

News Release

U.S. Coast Guard 14th District Hawaii and the Pacific

Coast Guard Cutter Munro visits Suva, Fiji, hosts shipriders during Operation Blue Pacific

Editors’ Note: Click on images to download a high-resolution version.

SUVA, Fiji – The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro visited the Port of Suva, Fiji April 20-24, as part of Operation Blue Pacific. Prior to the port call, five Fijian shipriders representing Fiji’s Immigration Department, Ministry of Fisheries, Revenue and Customs, as well as the Fiji Navy, worked alongside the Munro’s crew to conduct fisheries boardings in Fijian waters.

During the port call, Munro’s crew hosted military and government officials from both Fiji and the U.S. during a media engagement and reception. Capt. Blake Novak, Munro’s commanding officer, visited the FMSRCC, Republic of Fiji Navy, that manages maritime surveillance and search and rescue coordination in the region. Munro crew members volunteered alongside Fiji Navy members at a local eldercare facility. Munro’s crew hosted hosted Fiji Navy members and other partners for a barbeque and ship tour Saturday. Shared interagency recreational activities during the port call included both soccer and rugby matches, and a waterfall hike.

USCGC Munro (WMSL 755) departed from Alameda, California in late March for a multi-month deployment to the South Pacific. The deployment aims to counter illegal, unreported, and unregulated, (IUU) fishing and strengthen relationships to enhance maritime sovereignty and security throughout the region.  Operation Blue Pacific’s focus is to lead and promote international efforts that uphold the principles of security, safety, sovereignty, and economic prosperity in Oceania through operations and engagements to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.

In November 2018, Fiji became the latest nation to sign a shiprider agreement, which allows partnering nations’ defense and law enforcement officers to embark on U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy vessels to observe, protect, board and search vessels suspected of violating laws or regulations within their exclusive economic zones or on the high seas.

Fiji has an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of around 1.3 million square kilometers.  It is difficult to protect Fiji’s sovereign rights for fishing and other economic activities over such a vast area of sea.  The shiprider program gives Fiji another tool to patrol and protect its sovereign waters.

The shiprider agreement allows cooperation between both nations to protect the fishing industry and Fijian sovereignty. This will also contribute to regional stability.

The Coast Guard is committed not only to the American people and its national interests, but also other nations, including Fiji and other the Pacific Island Countries, whose governments may be threatened or weakened by rival powers that challenge rules-based international order through inter-state aggression, economic coercion, maritime hybrid warfare, gray zone activities, and overreaching territorial claims.

As part of the U.S. National Security Strategy, the U.S. is committed to advancing a peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific.

“We are pleased to work with Fiji to combat IUU fishing,” said Novak. “Working together, we were able to share technical expertise and ideas on how to improve safety, risk management and develop case packages for evidence preservation. IUU has replaced piracy as the leading global maritime security threat. Systemic disregard to IUU fishing normalizes illegal behavior and erodes governance structures that foster peace and stability.”

Through Operation Blue Pacific, the Coast Guard aims to strengthen relationships with like-minded nations.  Our shared efforts will improve maritime governance within Oceania, increase capacity for bilateral search-and-rescue and law enforcement and promote shared technical expertise and proficiency.

The Coast Guard combats illegal fishing and other maritime threats across the Pacific. Combating illegal fishing is part of promoting maritime governance and a rules-based international order that is essential to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Munro was the second U.S. Coast Guard cutter to visit Fiji this year, after Coast Guard Cutter Stratton.

Commissioned in 2017, Munro is one of four Coast Guard legend class national security cutters homeported in Alameda. National security cutters are 418-feet long, 54-feet wide, and have a 4,600 long-ton displacement. They have a top speed in excess of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 nautical miles, endurance of up to 90 days and can hold a crew of up to 170. Munro is the second cutter named for Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro, the only Coast Guardsman awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Reverse Industry Day

Just passing this along since it is easily missed on the CG-9 web site

USCG 2022 Virtual Reverse Industry Day
Date: Thursday, April 28, 2022
Time: Noon to 4 p.m. ET

Join the U.S. Coast Guard for the 2022 Virtual Reverse Industry Day, where we will be discussing topics that emphasize the importance of early engagement with industry to improve the quality of our requirements and increase the efficiency of our procurement process.

  • Session I:  Acquisition Planning – Early Industry Engagement/Program Management Office Access
  • Session II:  Developing Clear and Achievable Requirements
  • Session III:  Source Selection Debriefings

This event is being held in partnership with the Small and Emerging Contractors Forum (SECAF).  SECAF is an industry association that assists small businesses with growth strategies and provides a collaborative business network to help solve common challenges.

Registrants will receive an MS Teams meeting link prior to the event. The link will be sent to the email provided during registration, so please be sure that the information is correct. The deadline to register is April 27.

Click here to register.

For additional information, send an email to the Small Business and Industry Engagement team at openforbusiness@uscg.mil.

Cruiser Moskva, Flagship of Black Sea Fleet, Severely Damaged, Afire, Abandoned, Possibly Sunk

“Moskva” (“Moscow”) (ex-“Slava”, which means “Glory”) is the lead ship of the Project 1164 Atlant class of guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy. The Project 1164 Atlant class was developed as “Aircraft carriers killer”. This warship was used in the 2008 Russia-Georgia War. The Black Sea. Sevastopol bay. This photo was taken from a boat. Photo by George Chernilevsky

I have seen several reports that the flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, the 39 year old cruiser Moskva, was so severely damaged that the crew had abandoned ship. This was reportedly confirmed by the Russians according to a report from the US Naval Institute News Service.

There are also reports the ship capsized. Confirmation should come quickly. Ukraine claims they targeted the ship and struck it with two anti-ship cruise missiles. Secondary explosions followed.

“Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker returns to the U.S. after a 147-day Antarctic deployment” –PAC AREA

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) passes Alcatraz as the cutter transits the San Francisco Bay, April 4, 2022. Following their 147-day Antarctic deployment, the cutter will undergo annual maintenance in a Vallejo, California, dry dock. Photo by Sachiko Itagaki.

Below is a PACAREA news release. Once again, Polar Star will spend the majority of their inport period in Vallejo instead of their homeport, Seattle, to immediately start work on the second phase of a five-year, $75 million Service Life Extension Program.”

News Release

April 8, 2022
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area

Nation’s sole heavy icebreaker returns to the U.S. after a 147-day Antarctic deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star moors at McMurdo Station The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star enters the ice during transit toward Antarctica Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) crew members experience ice liberty near Antarctica

Editors’ Note: Click on images to download high resolution version.

ALAMEDA, Calif. — The 140-member crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star (WAGB 10) returned to the United States and entered dry dock Friday after completing a 147-day deployment in support of the U.S. Antarctic Program and national interests in Antarctica and the Southern Hemisphere.

The Polar Star’s crew departed their Seattle homeport on Nov. 13, 2021 for the cutter’s 25th Operation Deep Freeze deployment and traveled 24,300 nautical miles to Antarctica and back.

This year marks the 66th iteration of Operation Deep Freeze, an annual joint military service mission in support of the National Science Foundation, the lead agency for the United States Antarctic Program. Since 1955, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Coast Guard have provided air and maritime support across and around the Antarctic continent.

The cutter made several international port calls including stops in Wellington and Lyttelton, New Zealand, and Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Polar Star’s crew hosted the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and members of the Royal New Zealand Navy while in New Zealand.

While in Antarctica, Polar Star transited through more than 450 miles of pack ice and broke a 37-mile channel through seven-foot thick fast ice to McMurdo Station to allow the safe transit and offload of supply vessels Ocean Giant and Maersk Peary.

Polar Star also partnered with the Royal New Zealand Navy to escort the ice-capable logistics ship HMNZS Aotearoa for its first trip to McMurdo Station.

Polar Star transited to the Bay of Whales Feb. 17, setting a record for the furthest south any vessel has navigated, reaching 78 degrees 44 minutes 1.32 seconds south latitude, keeping about 500 yards from the ever shifting Ross Ice Shelf. The cutter also surveyed 396 nautical miles of the ice shelf for future navigational use.

Polar Star spent a total of 65 days in Antarctica, making it the longest Operation Deep Freeze deployment completed by a Coast Guard polar icebreaker in 18 years.

After completing operations in Antarctica, Polar Star moored in Hobart and hosted the Governor of Tasmania, Barbara Baker, and U.S. Consul General Kathleen Lively, along with several other government and military officials that are dedicated to supporting scientific efforts in Antarctica.

“I am so proud of this crew and their accomplishments,” said Capt. William Woityra, commanding officer of the Polar Star. “They overcame constant challenges to complete the mission and set records along the way. They epitomize the values on the Antarctica Service Medal: courage, sacrifice, and devotion. I can think of no better team to lead future expeditions and new icebreakers as the Coast Guard invests in Polar Security Cutters.”

Polar Star did not return to its homeport of Seattle, instead the crew proceeded directly to dry dock in Vallejo, California, to immediately start work on the second phase of a five-year, $75 million Service Life Extension Program. The Coast Guard will replace antiquated technology to ensure the longevity of the nation’s only operational heavy icebreaker while in dry dock this year, supporting the Coast Guard’s enduring commitment to Antarctic operations.

The Coast Guard has been the sole provider of the nation’s polar-icebreaking capability since 1965. Commissioned in 1976, the Polar Star is the United States’ only operational heavy icebreaker. The Coast Guard is increasing its icebreaking fleet with construction of three new Polar Security Cutters (PSC) to ensure persistent national presence and reliable access to the Polar Regions. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Karl L. Schultz revealed the name of the first PSC – Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sentinel during his 2022 State of the Coast Guard Address.

“EXERCISE TRADEWINDS 2022: MEXICO’S AND BELIZE’S TIME TO SHINE” –CIMSEC

Mexican OPV ARM Revolucion (P-164)

Word of an upcoming SOUTHCOM exercise in the Caribbean. The US Coast Guard will undoubtably participate. Mexico is coordinating the Naval portion of the exercise which will include law enforcement and humanitarian assistance/disaster response (HA/DR).

In many ways the Mexican Navy parallels the US Coast Guard. If you would like to check out some of their resources, these previous posts may be of interest.