03 DEC 2012 - Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne died early on the morning of 02 December 2012, from injuries sustained while conducting a maritime law enforcement mission off the coast of California. BMC Horne, the Executive Petty Officer of the USCGC Halibut (WPB 87340), was approaching a vessel suspected of smuggling drugs in the cutter’s small boat, when the target vessel rammed the Coast Guard boat. Horne and another Coast Guardsman were thrown into the water. Horne sustained a traumatic head injury in the process, and was rushed to port, where he was pronounced dead.
Know Your Coast Guard extends its heartfelt sympathy to the friends, family, and shipmates of Chief Horne, and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
SECTOR MIAMI, FL - The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the its first Sentinel class Fast Response Cutter, USCGC Bernard C. Webber, 10 February 2012. These 154’ vessels will eventually replace the ships of the 110’ Island class, including the USCGC Nantucket pictured in the background. The Sentinel class boasts a number of improvements over their aging predecessors, including a stern launch ramp for its small boat, and mixed-gender berthing. Photo by PO1 Jennifer Johnson.
17SEP11 - Crew members from the 270’ USCGC Mohawk (WMEC-913) interdict a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) in the Western Caribbean Sea. The vessel, which transporting cocaine, sank during the encounter. While increasingly common in the Eastern Pacific, this marks only the second time a SPSS has been interdicted in the Caribbean.
27SEP11 - Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro died 69 years ago this day. He gave his life in the Battle of Guadalcanal, while leading the rescue of 500 Marines who were trapped on a Japanese beachhead. For his supreme sacrifice, he was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor. He is the only Guardian to receive this award in the history of the service.
PORTSMOUTH, VA - Master Chief Petty Officer Gordon Muise, the first rating force master chief for the maritime enforcement specialist rating, retires 15 SEP 2011, after 32 years of service. MECM Muise served in this billet since DEC 2008.
PORT ANGELES, WA - Guardians from Air Station Port Angeles honor the crew of CG 6017, 07JUL11. Three crew members died when their HH-60 Jayhawk crashed off La Push, WA on 07JUL10. Deceased that day were:
13JUL11 - On a personal note, today marks the one year anniversary of my shipping off to Coast Guard Basic Training. To celebrate, I decided to post the first episode of the Coast Guard Channel’s “It’s Just Eight Weeks.” Though a little dated (I don’t remember the Company Commanders wearing Bravo’s when I got off the bus), it does a pretty good job of summing up the experience. You can view all the episodes over at The Coast Guard Channel.