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October 15, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Coast Guard, the Navy and the Harbor Police will work together to tighten security and improve monitoring of maritime activity on San Diego Bay. The $3-million Joint Harbor Operations Center is slated to begin round-the-clock monitoring in January out of Coast Guard headquarters, where a response to everything from illegal fishing to terrorist threats would be coordinated.
October 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
The only U.S. Coast Guardsman who was declared missing in the Vietnam War was remembered Monday as a hero, about 35 years after he and three others were killed while trying to rescue another serviceman. That was the last of many rescue attempts made by Lt. Jack C. Rittichier of Barberton, Ohio, who was known to his friends and family as a man who could do everything. "I know just what he would have said if he were here today: 'I'm no hero.
April 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Allied forces are closer to removing Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and his regime, President Bush told Coast Guard members in Philadelphia. "Many dangers lie ahead, but day by day, we are moving closer to Baghdad," he said. "Day by day, we are moving closer to victory." "Your job in protecting our nations' ports is essential to our nation's security." Bush also warned that Hussein's "dying regime in Iraq may try to bring terror to our shores," but he said the U.S.
March 19, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A Coast Guard cutter performing homeland security duties ran aground Tuesday just inside the harbor breakwater, authorities said. The Morgenthau became stuck in sand about 2 p.m., said Coast Guard Lt. Jerome Dubay. After several tugboats tried to drag the ship off the sand, rising tides apparently set the vessel free about 4:30 p.m., Dubay said.
February 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Coast Guard scrambled to search the waters near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge before dawn Tuesday after receiving a report that a man wearing a wetsuit was buzzing across the water in an inflatable boat without lights. Aware that the nation's security threat level was high, the operator of the tugboat Polaris notified the Coast Guard at 3 a.m. that the blacked-out craft was heading toward the bridge.
December 14, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
A Coast Guard helicopter flew into a howling storm to rescue an injured sailor on a tanker 90 miles at sea, officials said. An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Humboldt Bay lifted the sailor Thursday from the deck of the Dutch tanker Iva Pride west of Cape Mendocino. The tanker, headed to Vancouver, Wash., called to report the sailor had almost severed a finger in an accident.
November 6, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
The Coast Guard said in Miami that it has stepped up sea and air patrols in response to a possible increase in the flow of illegal immigrants from Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. The increase was announced as 19 Haitians were sent back home. They were the only ones who failed to get ashore when an overcrowded wooden freighter carrying more than 225 Haitians ran aground in Miami a week ago.
October 18, 2002 | From Associated Press
House and Senate negotiators broke an impasse Thursday over a bill to tighten security at the nation's ports, giving the Coast Guard additional powers and requiring background checks of some port employees and new tracking systems for commercial ships. The bill also requires every seaport to create a security committee involving federal, state, local and private law enforcement agencies. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ernest F. Hollings (D-S.C.
Retired from the U.S. Coast Guard for a decade, Mike Dobbins had worked as a police officer and even started a charter boat company in Old Harbor, Alaska. Then came Sept. 11. "I was on the phone [with the Coast Guard] in Washington, D.C. that day," Dobbins recalled. "I made it known that all they had to do was ask, and I'd come back."
The Coast Guard spent 2,263 fewer duty hours on search and rescue this spring and 4,322 fewer hours than last year on drug interdiction, fanning concerns that port security duties will diminish traditional missions.
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