PHOTOS AVAILABLE: Coast Guard rescues 1 after vessel capsizes in Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Coast Guard rescues 1 after vessel capsizes in Lake Charles, Louisiana


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HOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued a man from the water after his vessel capsized on Lake Charles, Louisiana, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Station Lake Charles watchstanders received notification at 4:14 p.m. from Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries personnel that a person had fallen in the water after their 15-foot sailing vessel capsized on Lake Charles. The man was not wearing a life jacket.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and Station Lake Charles launched a 29-foot Response Boat–Small crew to assist.

The boat crew arrived on scene, recovered the 23-year-old man from the water and transferred him to Veterans Memorial Park. The boater did not require medical attention and was later able to salvage his vessel.

We urge all boaters to not only carry life jackets onboard their vessels, but to wear them at all times,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brady Rollins, coxswain from Station Lake Charles. “Emergencies can occur without warning, and it is best to be prepared for the unexpected when enjoying the water.”

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Myths and facts about the vax — debunking common COVID-19 vaccine myths

Source: United States Air Force

The COVID-19 vaccine has been mandated across the Department of Defense and despite its demonstrated effectiveness and safety, a host of myths have left some Airmen and Guardians hesitant to receive it. While social media posts and some news outlets may make it harder to keep up with what is fact or fiction, the science is clear … approved COVID-19 vaccines work.

Coast Guard and Maine Department of Environmental Protection to host major exercise in the Penobscot Bay Area

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WHO: Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, Maine Department of Environmental Protection, Maine and New Hampshire Area Committee, local industry stakeholders and regional port partners

WHAT: Penobscot Bay Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) Pollution Response Exercise 2021

WHERE: University of Maine Hutchinson Center, 80 Belmont Ave, Belfast, ME 04915

WHEN: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


BELFAST, Maine – Coast Guard Sector Northern New England and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection will be co-hosting a full-scale, multi-agency pollution response exercise that will be conducted on Wednesday, September 22, 2021. The exercise is designed to evaluate the capabilities and effectiveness of the Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC), the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, as well as other federal, state, local, and industry partners to carry out their collective responsibilities to respond to a major oil spill or other disaster along the Maine coast.

“Training scenarios like this test our multi-agency response capabilities and strengthen our collective ability to effectively respond to a major marine pollution incident,” said Capt. Amy E. Florentino, Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP). “We work with Maine DEP and other members of the Area Committee throughout the year to refine our Area Contingency Plan. This exercise will give us all an opportunity to validate capabilities and exercise our partnerships.”

Participants from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private industry will establish an Incident Command Post and Joint Information Center at the University of Maine Hutchinson Center (80 Belmont Ave, Belfast, ME 04915). The exercise will also involve vessels and personnel deploying oil-spill response equipment in Thomaston, ME; Owl’s Head on the Weskeag River; Ballyhac Cove; and Searsport near Mack Point and in Long Cove. 

“Our Department’s Oil & Hazardous Materials Responders welcome opportunities like this to train with our interagency partners and industry stakeholders. The development of these working relationships in training is absolutely critical. It establishes the trust and confidence necessary for an effective and successful marine oil spill response,” said Jeff Squires, State On-Scene Coordinator (SOSC) and Director of Maine DEP’s Division of Response Services.

The U.S. Coast Guard alongside federal and local area partners conduct emergency preparedness and pollution response exercises every year as part of established multi-year strategies to build capabilities and improve readiness levels. Planning, training and exercising are important components of the nation’s homeland security strategy and emergency response capabilities.


Video Available: Coast Guard medevacs fisherman 40 miles off Montauk, NY

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Video Available: Coast Guard medevacs fisherman 40 miles off Montauk, NY

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BOSTON — A Coast Guard crew medevaced a man from the commercial fishing vessel Shelby Ann approximately 40 miles southwest of Montauk, New York, Sunday evening. 

Watchstanders from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound command center received notification on VHF radio channel 16 that a crewmember was struck by a stingray barb below the knee and showing signs of shock.

The command center consulted with a U.S. Coast Guard flight surgeon who recommended medical evacuation.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod launched and deployed a rescue swimmer to conduct a hoist and medevac the injured man.

The patient was transferred safely to Rhode Island Hospital in stable condition.

The fishing vessel Shelby Ann is homeported in Point Judith, Rhode Island.



It’s All About People panel focuses on diversity, inclusion, respect

Source: United States Air Force

Retired Gen. Larry O. Spencer moderated the panel, titled “It’s All About People – Join Us,” which featured Under Secretary of the Air Force Gina Ortiz Jones; retired Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr.; Lt. Gen. Brian T. Kelly, deputy chief of staff for Manpower, Personnel, and Services; and Patricia Mulcahy, U.S. Space Force chief human capital officer.

USS Carl Vinson sets milestone, delivers over 1M gallons of fuel since January

Source: United States Navy Pacific Fleet

PHILIPPINE SEA – Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) conducted a fueling-at-sea (FAS) with Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57), Sept. 17, delivering more than 150,000 gallons of fuel and setting a milestone of more than 1 million gallons delivered to other ships since January.

Vinson refueled nine different ships, including destroyers, cruisers and littoral combat ships, during 15 separate FAS evolutions.

“Although carriers have the capability to deliver fuel to ships using their FAS rig, it is normally for certification only,” said Lt. Cmdr. David Roach, Vinson’s first lieutenant. “One million gallons is a typical amount of fuel if we were a fleet oiler, but for an aircraft carrier, it is not.”

At-sea fueling operations enable ships to continue their mission without pulling into port for fuel.

Capt. P. Scott Miller, Vinson’s commanding officer, said FAS keeps assets on station longer, keeping them in the fight.

“It is vital that our assets are ready to conduct any required mission in support of peace and stability throughout the Indo-Pacific,” said Miller. “Successfully conducting FAS operations to this degree speaks volumes to the capability and proficiency of our Sailors. It also demonstrates the operational readiness of our strike group and our commitment to our network of allies and partners in the region. Fueling-at-sea keeps ships on station and puts our jets in the air, ensuring we can continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows.”

Chief Warrant Officer Mae Lazo, Vinson’s bos’n, said fueling evolutions are no small feat and require coordination across multiple departments.

“To make this evolution happen is a ship-wide affair,” said Lazo. “It requires careful planning among the aviation boatswain’s mates (fuels) in air department, boatswain’s mates in deck department, electrician’s mates and machinist’s mates in engineering department and Sailors on the bridge with the navigation department.”

In addition to coordination among the carrier’s crew, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1 led planning and coordination for many of the ships receiving fuel.

“Fueling at sea ensures our destroyers, cruisers and littoral combat ships maintain a high level of warfighting readiness and sustain operations underway where our ships are most needed,” said Capt. Gilbert Clark, DESRON 1’s commodore. “Our continued at sea presence in the Indo-Pacific region promotes security and stability, which in turn drive the peace and prosperity that benefit all regional countries.”

FAS was first developed around 1900 for transferring coal and was perfected by the U.S. Navy in the 1920s and 1930s. For transferring liquids such as fuel, ships pull alongside each other with the receiving ship pulling alongside the supplier at a distance of approximately 30 yards. A gunline, pneumatic line thrower, or shot line is fired from the supplier, which is used to pull across a messenger line. This line is used to pull across other equipment such as a distance line, phone line, and the transfer rig lines. These rigs are then used to transfer fuel between the ships.

The Carl Vinson Carrier Strike Group (VINCSG) is led by Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1 and includes Vinson, embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked staffs of CSG 1 and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 1, Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Chafee (DDG 90).

VINCSG’s multiplatform team of ships, aircraft and more than 7,000 Sailors is capable of carrying out a wide variety of missions around the globe. VINCSG is deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. U.S. 7th Fleet conducts forward-deployed naval operations in support of U.S. national interests in the Indo-Pacific area of operations. As the U.S. Navy’s largest forward-deployed fleet, 7th Fleet interacts with other maritime nations to build partnerships that foster maritime security, promote stability and prevent conflict.

Readout: Pacific Fleet commander’s meetings at International Seapower Symposium

Source: United States Navy Pacific Fleet

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii – U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Samuel Paparo met with heads of navies and coast guards during the 24th International Seapower Symposium (ISS) in Newport, Rhode Island, Sept. 14-17.

The leaders discussed the importance of strong defense partnerships and the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.

Paparo held discussions with a number of ISS participants including:

  • Chief of Naval Staff for the Marine Nationale Adm. Pierre Vandier
  • First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff for the Royal Navy Adm. Tony Radakin
  • Chief of German Navy Vice Adm. Kay-Achim Shonbach
  • Chief of the Navy for the Republic of Singapore Rear Adm. Aaron Beng
  • Chief of Staff of Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force Adm. Hiroshi Yamamura
  • Chief of Naval Staff for the Bangladesh Navy Adm. M. Shaheen Iqbal
  • Chief of Naval for the India Navy Adm. Karambir Singh
  • Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy Vice Adm. Craig Baines
  • Commander of Western Fleet for the Royal Malaysian Navy Vice Adm. Datuk Abu Baker bin Md Ajis
  • Chief of the Naval Staff of Pakistan Navy Adm. Muhmmad Amjad Khan Niazi
  • Commander of Sri Lanka Navy Vice Adm. Nishantha Ulugetenne

ISS focused on strength in unity. The U.S. vision excludes no nation and does not ask countries to choose between one partner nation and another, instead, the U.S. asks that all countries uphold the core principles of the international order. Challenges to strategic waterways are a global problem set that will only be solved with global resolve.

The strength of our network of alliances and partnerships is an unparalleled strategic asset and our asymmetric advantage.

USS John S. McCain departs U.S. 7th Fleet after 24 years forward deployed

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YOKOSUKA, Japan – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain (DDG 56) departed Yokosuka, Japan, Sept. 17, as part of a scheduled homeport shift to Naval Station Everett, Washington.

While forward-deployed to Fleet Activities Yokosuka, John S. McCain has operated independently and with carrier strike groups in the region since arriving to U.S. 7th Fleet in the summer of 1997.

“John S. McCain and her Sailors have proven time and time again our Navy’s resolve to answer the call in support of our nation and our allies,” said Cmdr. Tin Tran, USS John S McCain’s commanding officer. “After 24 years of faithful overseas service, we are ready to head back home to America, back to Washington State. Our Sailors will forever remember the bonds of friendship and hospitality Japan has shown us.”

During 24 years of forward-deployed service, John S. McCain operated across the region from the Indian Ocean to the Sea of Japan supporting joint and multinational exercises and operations to strengthen U.S. alliances and partnerships, maritime security, and promote regional stability toward a free and open Indo-Pacific.

John S. McCain also participated in several surge deployments to U.S. 5th Fleet in support of the USS Independence battle group in 1998 and USS Kitty Hawk strike group in 2002 and again in 2003 supporting Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

During the most recent seven-month deployment, John S. McCain participated in the annual multinational exercise MALABAR alongside the Indian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Royal Australian Navy, focusing on anti-submarine and anti-surface operations.

In March, 2011, John S. McCain responded in support of Operation Tomodachi to provide humanitarian assistance following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

“It is definitely a changing of the guard with USS John S. McCain and her crew departing the 7th Fleet after over 24 years in Japan,” said Capt. Chase Sargeant, Commander, Task Force 71/Destroyer Squadron 15. “The contributions of the current and all previous crews in defending peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific cannot be overstated, and the entire forward-deployed fleet wishes John S. McCain fair winds as she transfers to her new homeport of Everett, Washington.”

John S. McCain is scheduled to join U.S. 3rd Fleet, which leads naval forces in the Indo-Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy. U.S. 3rd Fleet works consistently with U.S. 7th Fleet to complement one another and provide commanders capable, ready assets across the spectrum of military operations in the Indo-Pacific.

USS Curtis Wilbur arrives in San Diego homeport

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SAN DIEGO – The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Curtis Wilbur (DDG 54) arrived in its new homeport of Naval Base San Diego, Sept. 16, after 25 years as a forward-deployed ship in Yokosuka Japan.

Commander, Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (CNSP) directed Curtis Wilbur to return to San Diego for scheduled maintenance. Following routine repairs and upgrades, the ship will join U.S. 3rd Fleet, which leads naval forces in the Indo-Pacific and provides the realistic, relevant training necessary for an effective global Navy.

“Following 25-plus years of service in the forward-deployed naval forces Japan, Curtis Wilbur, her crew, and our families are excited to arrive to our new homeport of San Diego,” said Cmdr. Anthony Massey, commanding officer of USS Curtis Wilbur. “We bring with us our ‘Steel Hammer’ professionalism and proud history of service and look forward to preparing for, and executing, operations in support of 3rd Fleet and [the Indo-Pacific].”

In the months leading up to the ship’s change in homeport, Curtis Wilbur deployed to the South China Sea and conducted anti-submarine warfare tasking, a bilateral exercise with the Royal Australian Navy, and freedom of navigation operations, including two transits of the Taiwan Strait.

Curtis Wilbur was commissioned in 1994 and joined U.S. 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan in September 1995, making it the longest forward-deployed naval asset in recent history. In its previous area of operations, Curtis Wilbur is known for forging and strengthening relationships with like-minded naval forces, as well as its demonstrated lethality in warfare exercises.

With an advanced Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) suite as the mainstay of Curtis Wilbur’s capabilities, the ship will be a unique asset to U.S. 3rd Fleet. While Curtis Wilbur’s primary mission set provides defense against hostile ballistic missiles, the ship is also proficient in multiple warfare missions including anti-air, anti-submarine, anti-surface, and strike warfare. Curtis Wilbur’s capabilities are amplified by the training and readiness of the crew, many of which are veterans of the high operational tempo found in U.S. 7th Fleet.

CNSP is the most preeminent, combat-capable surface force in the world. Its mission is to build and deploy combat-ready ships with battle-minded crews capable of executing their mission and defending the nation’s interests at home and abroad. CNSP delivers and sustains the full spectrum of balanced, affordable, and resilient naval power through manpower, training, and equipment. As Commander, Naval Surface Forces (CNSF), CNSF leads Surface Warfare policy with a fleet-focused perspective and develops the professional expertise of surface warfare officers.

USS Germantown completes forward-deployment to Japan, sails for San Diego

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SASEBO, Japan – The amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown (LSD 42) detached from Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON) 11 and departed U.S. Fleet Activities Sasebo, Sept. 15, after a decade of being forward-deployed to Japan.

“Germantown and the Sailors who have sailed with her have made an incredible impact across the entire 7th Fleet theater,” said Rear Adm. Chris Engdahl, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 7. “Whether strengthening alliances and partnerships during a myriad of amphibious operations, or conducting humanitarian assistance when people of the Indo-Pacific region needed it most, Germantown has always set the standard in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. A great ship and crew comes to replace them, but they will be missed.”

Forward-deployed for more than a decade, Germantown sailed from San Diego on Jan. 5, 2011, replacing USS Harpers Ferry (LSD 49). USS Rushmore (LSD 47) will replace Germantown later this year.

“USS Germantown has performed exceptionally well during her time in the Indo-Pacific,” said Capt. Greg Baker, PHIBRON 11 commodore. “The crew has served with aplomb while in our squadron and has earned an amazing reputation across 7th Fleet. They unquestionably live up to the ship motto, ‘Folgen sie unseren fusspuren!’ which translates to ‘Follow in our footsteps!’ We look forward to welcoming Cmdr. Emily Royse and her crew aboard USS Rushmore into the fold as a member of our blue-green team. I have had the privilege of working with Emily in the past and know that her team will be an incredible addition to the amphibious readiness group.”

Commissioned in 1986, Germantown celebrated its 35th commissioning anniversary after more than a year and two successful operational periods during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2011, Germantown has participated in numerous operations and exercises across the Indo-Pacific including Cobra Gold, Valiant Shield, Kamandag, Sama Sama, and Tiger Triumph 2019, the first U.S.-India bilateral exercise to feature all three joint services – Army, Navy, and Air Force. Most recently, Germantown participated in Talisman Sabre 21, the third time the ship has taken part in the U.S.-Australia bilateral exercise.

During an innovative achievement in June, Germantown resurrected a World War II-era waterborne ambulance concept during an exercise. Installing a medical shock trauma section on Germantown’s landing craft, utility (LCU) added another link in the “heal chain” to get wounded Marines from the battlefield to critical care.

“It has been our immense pleasure to serve here in 7th Fleet, with the finest warfighters in the Navy and Marine Corps,” said Cmdr. Cullen Greenfield, Germantown’s commanding officer. Working with our partners and allies to foster an integrated, global effort to safeguard free and open access to the Indo-Pacific region is a critical duty, and it has been a tremendously rewarding opportunity for this team. Germantown sails for San Diego with pride as we look back on a decade of dedicated service.”

Rushmore, another Whidbey Island-class ship, was commissioned on June 1, 1991. Rushmore’s commanding officer, Cmdr. Emily Royse, served aboard USS Mahan (DDG 72), USS Oak Hill (LSD 51), USS San Antonio (LPD 17), and forward-deployed as the commanding officer of USS Patriot (MCM 7) and the PHIBRON 11 operations officer. Most recently, she was Rushmore’s executive officer.

Together, the forward-deployed ships of PHIBRON 11 and elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit are operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility to enhance interoperability with allies and partners, and serve as a ready response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.