USCG Cutter Munro Crew Return to Alameda

USCG Cutter Munro Crew Return to Alameda

After 128 days at sea, the crew of U.S. Coast Guard cutter Munro returned to its Alameda homeport in mid-July. The crew traveled 20,000 nautical miles for a series of missions in the Pacific Ocean, emphasizing illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing enforcement and bolstering partnerships that fortify maritime sovereignty and security in the region with its support of Operation Blue Pacific and North Pacific Guard, the Coast Guard said. “Munro’s deployment demonstrated the Coast Guard’s unique authorities in the support of (combating) IUU fishing,” said Vice Adm. Andrew J. Tiongson, commander of the USCG’s Pacific Area. “Through Operation Blue Pacific,…
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USCG Task Force Returns to Anchorage After Facility Checks

USCG Task Force Returns to Anchorage After Facility Checks

Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Anchorage’s Marine Safety Task Force returned to Anchorage in July after spending nine days inspecting facilities in the Northwest Arctic Borough. They teamed up with the Environmental Protection Agency to check two dozen bulk fuel storage facilities in 11 Alaskan communities, including Kotzebue, Kivalina, Noorvik, Selawik and Utqiagvik. “Fuel facilities are critical to the survival of these remote communities,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Houvener, a marine science technician and team lead. “They rely on fuel to heat their homes and schools during sub-freezing winter months,” he continued. “Many of these facilities…
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USCG To Enforce Safety, Security Measures During Seattle Seafair

USCG To Enforce Safety, Security Measures During Seattle Seafair

This weekend, U.S. Coast Guard members plan to implement various safety and security zones on Lake Washington for upcoming Seattle Seafair activities on Aug. 5-7. Coast Guard crew members plan to partner with state and local agencies to bolster safety patrols on Lake Washington and implement a Special Local Regulation for the Unlimited Hydroplane Race on Lake Washington from 8 a.m. on Friday until midnight on Sunday. The USCG said it also plans to enforce the Seafair Air Show Performance Safety Zone Regulation on Lake Washington from 8 a.m. on Friday until 4 p.m. on Sunday. These zones will be…
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USCG 17th District, Sector Anchorage Host Policymakers in Alaska

USCG 17th District, Sector Anchorage Host Policymakers in Alaska

To strengthen efforts in the Alaskan region, members of U.S. Coast Guard 17th District and Sector Anchorage received Washington D.C.-based lawmakers and mission officials in Anchorage earlier this month. For two days, visitors viewed presentations by officials from the Ted Stevens Center for Arctic Security Studies, Arctic Domain Awareness Center, U.S. Northern Command and Alaskan Command at Sector Anchorage on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and toured Nome and Kotzebue and met with representatives from the Port of Nome, NANA Regional Corp., Native Village of Kotzebue and the Maniilaq Association, according to the Coast Guard. “With growing activity and increased responsibility for…
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USCG Cutter Waesche Has New Commanding Officer

USCG Cutter Waesche Has New Commanding Officer

Capt. Robert S. Mohr is the new commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Waesche, taking over for Capt. Jason H. Ryan, who is expected to serve as chief of operations for the Coast Guard’s Pacific Area Command in Alameda. Vice Adm. Andrew Tiongson, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, presided over the change-of-command ceremony, which was held July 15 at Base Alameda in California. “The Waesche crew truly embodies their official motto of strength, endurance and service,” Tiongson said. “I am proud of this crew, led by Capt. Ryan, for their continuous pursuit of operational proficiency, consummate teamwork, and…
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USCG Cutter Polar Star Gets New Commanding Officer

USCG Cutter Polar Star Gets New Commanding Officer

Capt. Keith Ropella is the new commanding officer of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Polar Star, succeeding Capt. William Woityra, who has been assigned to the Oceania Policy Division chief at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Honolulu. Vice Adm. Andrew Tiongson, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, presided over the command change July 11 at the Maritime Museum in Vallejo, California. Ropella, who previously worked at the Office of Navigation Systems at Coast Guard Headquarters, takes charge of a soon-to-be upgraded Polar Star. The country’s sole heavy icebreaker is being outfitted with newer “machinery monitoring and controlling and propulsion power systems during…
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New Commander for Coast Guard Sector San Diego

New Commander for Coast Guard Sector San Diego

Capt. James Spitler is the new commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Diego, taking over for Capt. Timothy Barelli, who has retired after 26 years of service. The change of command was made official Thursday, July 14 in a ceremony in San Diego with Rear Adm. Andrew M. Sugimoto, commander of 11th Coast Guard District, presiding. Spitler previously served as chief of the domestic operations division, directorate of operations of the U.S. Northern Command in Colorado. “Since 1934, the Coast Guard has selflessly served the city of San Diego,'' Spitler said. “We are a part of this legacy and…
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USCG Pacific Area Command Gets New Commander

USCG Pacific Area Command Gets New Commander

Vice Adm. Andrew J. Tiongson is the new commander of U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Command, taking over for Vice Adm. Michael F. McAllister in leading the 13,000 members of Coast Guard Pacific Area through various missions and activities in the Arctic, the Antarctic, the Eastern and Western Pacific and Oceania. The change of command ceremony was held July 8 on Coast Guard Base Alameda in Northern California. During the previous two years, Tiongson was the U.S. Southern Command director of operations overseeing planning and execution of activities related to the command’s area of responsibility, which included 27 democratic nations…
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USCG Teams Deploy to Alaska

USCG Teams Deploy to Alaska

Members of the U.S. Guard recently headed to Kotzebue, Alaska, to support various operations this summer. Sector Anchorage’s Marine Safety Task Force is expected to be in the area through July 16 for a multi-mission deployment mainly centered around facility inspections. “Facility inspections help mitigate the potential for oil pollution in the region,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Houvener, a marine science technician and team lead. “These facilities are crucial for providing oil to warm homes during winter months. Alaska experiences harsh environmental conditions, so it’s important to inspect the safety and integrity of such waterside facilities to decrease…
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LA/Long Beach Coast Guard Sector Gets New Commander

LA/Long Beach Coast Guard Sector Gets New Commander

Capt. Ryan Manning is the new commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach sector, succeeding Capt. Rebecca Ore, who will head to Coast Guard Headquarters as the assistant commandant for intelligence. The command change was made official at a June 21 ceremony at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles/Long Beach with Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, the Eleventh Coast Guard District commander, presiding. Manning, who previously served as commanding officer at Coast Guard Activities Europe, will oversee more than 550 active duty, reserve and civilian personnel and 1,200 all-volunteer Coast Guard Auxiliary members, as well as 14 field command and…
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