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2017 PRESS RELEASES AND OTHER NEWS ARCHIVE




2017 PRESS RELEASES/OTHER NEWS

Press release from the U.S. Coast Guard- The Coast Guard will decommission its eighth high endurance cutter after nearly 50 years of service as part of recapitalization efforts during a ceremony at Base Honolulu, Tuesday.
The Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau (WHEC 722), a 378-foot high endurance cutter, will be decommissioned after nearly 50 years of service, including action in the Vietnam War, numerous major drug interdictions and law enforcement cases, and a variety of noteworthy rescues.
Cutter Morgenthau, commissioned March 10, 1969, was the eighth of 12 Hamilton-class high endurance cutters built by Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans. High endurance cutters are the largest cutters, aside from the three major icebreakers and national security cutters, ever built for the Coast Guard.
Morgenthau was active in the Vietnam War, conducting underway replenishment, naval gunfire support, and patrol duties off the coast of Vietnam until relieved by a 311-foot cutter in 1971.
In 1977, Morgenthau became the first cutter to have women permanently assigned, which paved the way for numerous women to serve aboard Coast Guard cutters nationwide.
In the fall of 1996, Morgenthau was the first U.S. Coast Guard cutter to deploy to the Arabian Gulf. Participating in Operation Vigilant Sentinel, Morgenthau enforced Iraq’s compliance with United Nations sanctions. Following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Morgenthau participated in Operation Noble Eagle to safeguard America’s prominent port cities through closer scrutiny of maritime traffic.
The U.S. State Department is coordinating the transfer of Morgenthau through the Foreign Assistance Act. This act allows the transfer of excess defense articles as a grant to friendly, foreign governments.

The U.S. Coast Guard commissioned the 154' fast response cutter John McCormick in Ketchikan, AK on April 12th.

Retird Pittsfield, MA Firefighter saves 2 dogs from burning building. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Deceased Hampton, New Hampshire Firefighter honored. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Stratford, CT Firefighters launch benefit for family of fallen firefighter. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

United States Coast Guard- has commissioned the 6th National Security Cutter. The USCGC Munro (WMSL 755) is a 418 foot "capable of executing the most challenging national security missions, including support to U.S. combatant commanders."

Connecticut man offers firefighters one last ride after they pass away. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

The U.S. Coast Guard will be decommissioning two 110' Island Class Cutters, Cushing and Nantucket, on Wednesday March 8th, 2017.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Lawrence O. Larson, a 154 Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter, is scheduled to be commissioned on March 18th in Cape May, NJ. The Cutter is named after Lawrence O. Lawson, who served with the United States Lifesaving Service in Evanston, Ill. He led the crew of his oar-powered surfboat into icy, stormy waters to rescue the entire crew of the steamship Calumet.

Fire damages artifacts at State Police Museum. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Orange County, CA Fire Station lost in fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Vermont Fire Department struggle to pay new ambulance tax. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




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