Coast Guard Welcomes New Commandant in Ceremony Attended by President

Coast Guard Welcomes New Commandant in Ceremony Attended by President

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President Donald Trump, center, attends a Change of Command ceremony at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Friday, June 1, 2018, in Washington. Adm. Paul F. Zukunft will be relieved by Adm. Karl L. Schultz as the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says America is safe because the U.S. Coast Guard is “strong.”

Trump calls the Coast Guard the “elite force” that defends borders, patrols the waters, protects U.S. cities and kee..

Coast Guard Blows Whistle on Thieves of Buoy Bells, Gongs

Coast Guard Blows Whistle on Thieves of Buoy Bells, Gongs

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The space in which a sound-signaling brass bell typically hangs on this offshore buoy is empty after the bell was stolen, off the coast of Maine. Stealing a sound signaling device off a buoy is a federal offense and can be punishable with heavy fines or even imprisonment. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

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PORTLAND, Maine — Brass gongs and bells meant to help boats navigate in poor visibility are being stolen from buoys off Maine's coast.

The Coast Guard says the sounding devices have..

Bill Would Allow Coast Guard to Help Pay for Museum’s Design

Bill Would Allow Coast Guard to Help Pay for Museum’s Design

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A bill authorizing funding for the Coast Guard includes a provision that would enable the service to pay for design and engineering work for the National Coast Guard Museum planned in downtown New London.

The Coast Guard authorization bill, which covers fiscal years 2018 and 2019, was attached to a larger $716 billion defense policy package for next year that the U.S. House passed a few weeks ago by a 351-66 vote.

Normally, money authorized for the Coast Guard — which f..

Coast Guard Academy Removes Management Department Head

Coast Guard Academy Removes Management Department Head

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U.S. Coast Guard Academy campus (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Public Affairs)

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NEW LONDON — The Coast Guard Academy has removed Capt. Kevin Lopes as head of the management department after an investigation found that he bullied a subordinate in early 2018.

Lopes was removed as the head of the management department, which functions much like a business school at a traditional college, on April 24 “due to a loss of confidence in his ability to effectively lead the department,” academy spokesman ..

Coast Guard Crew Offloads $78M in Drugs in San Diego

Coast Guard Crew Offloads $78M in Drugs in San Diego

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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active, a 210-foot medium endurance Reliance-class cutter homeported in Port Angeles, Washington, interdicts more than 1 ton of cocaine from four suspected drug smugglers during a counter-narcotics patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, Friday, May 18, 2018. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Michael De Nyse)

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A U.S. Coast Guard crew offloaded on Tuesday more than $78 million worth of cocaine in San Diego, just a portion of the drugs seized during patrols off the coast..

Baltimore Group Raising $152k to Restore Coast Guard Ship

Baltimore Group Raising $152k to Restore Coast Guard Ship

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The Coast Guard Cutter Taney hosts a memorial ceremony Dec. 7, 2009, commemorating the anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack Dec. 7, 1941. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Robert Brazzell)

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BALTIMORE — A Baltimore nonprofit is trying to raise $152,000 to help restore a U.S. Coast Guard ship.

The Baltimore Sun reports that Historic Ships in Baltimore is working on raising funds for repairs to the Coast Guard Cutter Taney. The ship needs to be dry-docked for periodic maintenance.

The Taney was buil..

Coast Guard Captain’s Career Comes Full Circle

Coast Guard Captain’s Career Comes Full Circle

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Capt. Martha LaGuardia retired from the Coast Guard on May 19, 2018 in the same place where she received her appointment to the Coast Guard Academy in 1985. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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DESTIN — Capt. Martha J. LaGuardia's career ended earlier this month where it began 33 years ago, at Coast Guard Station Destin.

LaGuardia retired from the Coast Guard on May 19 in the same place where she received her appointment to the Coast Guard Academy in 1985 — the place where, she said at her ret..

Reality TV Star Pleads Guilty in Crash that Killed Coast Guardsman

Reality TV Star Pleads Guilty in Crash that Killed Coast Guardsman

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Melissa Hancock appeared in Lifetime's “Little Women: Atlanta.” (Virginia State Police)

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VIRGINIA BEACH — A former reality television show star pleaded guilty Wednesday to killing a Portsmouth man during a drunken, wrong-way crash on Interstate 264 last year.

Melissa Hancock, 25, who was a frequent guest on the Lifetime TV series “Little Women: Atlanta,” pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI manslaughter, driving the wrong way and failing to obey a highway sign.

The manslaughter charge r..

Pence Tells Coast Guard Academy Graduates They’re Needed

Pence Tells Coast Guard Academy Graduates They’re Needed

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The new ensigns in the Coast Guard toss their hats in the air during the 136th Coast Guard Academy commencement exercise in New London, Conn., May 17, 2017. (Coast Guard photo/Patrick Kelley)

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NEW LONDON, Conn. — Vice President Mike Pence says the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's 2018 graduating class is needed more than ever, given the threats the U.S. faces from drugs and terrorism.

Pence delivered the keynote address at Wednesday's ceremony at the campus in New London, Connecticut.
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Coast Guard Assists Canadian Mariner in Distress

Coast Guard Assists Canadian Mariner in Distress

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The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Oliver Berry (WPC 1124) arrives to their new Homeport in Honolulu, Sept. 22, 2017. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Levasseur)

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HONOLULU — The Coast Guard assisted a distressed Canadian mariner to Hilo Sunday after his vessel began taking on water about 80 miles southeast of the Big Island.

“We're pleased this mariner is safe. The use of the emergency position indicating radio beacon allowed us to locate him quickly and re..

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