The video above is from last year.
The Coast Guard Compass has a post in its Long Blue Line Series looking at the Coast Guard’s role in the events around Hawaii on December 7, 1941 and outlining Coast Guard activities leading up to and during World War II. The video above is from last year.
I looked back on previous posts on this topic, but unfortunately as a result of the Coast Guard’s migration of it’s on-line representation to new servers, it seems we have lost access to much of the historical material that was previously available, most notably the Coast Guard history Pearl Harbor index, as a result my previous posts which largely referred to this historical material now connect only to a singularly unhelpful page at Defense Media Activities.
For what it is worth, here are some previous commemorative post marking this day:
- Remembering Pearl Harbor, December 7, 2010
- 70 Years Ago Today–Pearl Harbor, December 7, 2011
- Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, December 7, 2012
- A Day That Will LIve in Infamy–Pearl Harbor, 73 Years Ago, December 7, 2014
- Pearl Harbor: A Catalyst That Forever Changed Coast Guard Search and Rescue–Coast Guard Compass
Hopefully I will address the Coast Guard’s Social media efforts relatively soon.
There is a group on Facebook with the stated intention of obtaining a Hamilton Class 378 foot WHEC for use as a museum exhibit to be added to the Coast Guard Museum in New London. I have provided a copy of their “about” statement below. You can find the group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/139110530178903/
We are a large group of Coast Guard Veterans in the process of acquiring a 378′ High Endurance Cutter to convert into a museum. The response from Veterans all over the country has been overwhelming. We are determined to succeed. We are a non-profit corporation with a board of directors. Our CEOs name is Steve Howard and he is presently with a Coast Guard Attorney in negotiations with Comandant Zukunft and MCPOCG Patton for one of four 378s still in service. MCPOCG Patton is also on the board of directors of the National Coast Guard Museum. He informed me that the museum wanted a 378 to display. The 378 is unique. It was the first warship, in both the Coast Guard or Navy, equipped with twin jet turbine engines, bow thrusters, variable pitch props, helicopter flight deck, aluminum superstructure and fly by wire helms. It also had stealth tech, forerunner of Littoral. They served with distinction in Vietnam as well as their roles in search and rescue and law enforcement. At least on of these ships should be preserved and that is our mission. Won’t you please find it in your heart to either volunteer and/or donate. We are getting the paperwork done so that you can deduct your contribution from your taxes. Join us!
HMAS Success (AOR-304) refuelling probe goes in for a hook-up with the US Coast Guard Cutter USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751) as the Royal Australian Navy Auxilliary Oiler Replenishment Ship conducts a dual RAS (Replenishment at Sea) off the coast of Hawaii during the Sea Phase of Exercise RIMPAC 2014, 19 July 2014. (RAN Photo by Leading Seaman Brenton Freind RAN)
News on the FY2018 budget (edited for a Coast Guard readership):
“The Senate Committee on Appropriations today released the FY2018 chairmen’s recommendation and explanatory statement for the Department of the Homeland Security.”
U.S. Coast Guard – $11.2 billion, including $7.3 billion to fully fund personnel and operations. The Coast Guard once again set a record in FY2017 by interdicting nearly 500,000 pounds of cocaine on the high seas, and the bill recommends continued investment in the Coast Guard capabilities that are enabling this success. The bill recommends $1.8 billion to continue a historic recapitalization of Coast Guard assets, including:
• $540 million for construction of National Security Cutter 10.
• $95 million for long lead time materials for National Security Cutter 11.
• $450 million for construction of Offshore Patrol Cutter 1.
• $50 million for long lead time materials for Offshore Patrol Cutter 2.
• $240 million for four Fast Response Cutters.
• $19 million to support Polar Icebreaker acquisition.
• $6 million to accelerate recapitalization of the Inland River Tender fleet
This is good news with Acquisition, Construction, and Improvement funding near the $2B annually the Coast Guard really needs. A bit surprised at the continuation of the NSC program. Not that we can’t use them.
Thanks to Luke for bringing this to my attention.
USS John S. McCain
The Navy has issued news releases about these two collisions you can find here. Also included are links to the investigation results, photos, videos, and collision map graphics. (I had no luck with the links.)
Asia Times reports that China is claiming they will have a “military grade” satellite navigation system that will be ten times as accurate as GPS, providing position within millimeters.