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U.S. Coast Guard Press Release: U.S. Coast Guard decommissions Island Class cutter in Guam after nearly 30 years’ service.

SANTA RITA, Guam — The Coast Guard Cutter Washington Island (WPB 1331), a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat, was decommissioned after nearly 30 years of service as part of recapitalization efforts during a ceremony at Naval Base Guam, Wednesday.

Rear Adm. Kevin E. Lunday, commander, Coast Guard 14th District presided over the ceremony. Washington's years of service included numerous law enforcement cases, safety and security enforcement patrols, dignitary and Naval security operations, and a variety of noteworthy rescues at sea.

"The ship and its crews have been vital to building and maintaining relationships here with our partners and the people of Oceania also known as the Blue Pacific," said Lt. Grant Rutter, commanding officer of Washington. "We've been an integral part of the Coast Guard's long-term commitment to Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands through service, multi-national exercises, joint search-and-rescue, and law enforcement efforts, hosting shipriders, and conducting training to build proficiency. I am proud of this crew and the hands-on work they've done here for our noble cause."

Washington entered commission-special status in a ceremony held at Bollinger Shipyards in Lockport, Louisiana, June 9, 1989, and formal commissioning took place in Honolulu Oct. 6 of the same year. The cutter takes its name from Washington Island, Wisconsin, located in Lake Michigan and is the second cutter to bear the name of our first president. The first, USRC (U.S. Revenue Cutter) Washington, performed nobly during the Second Seminole War from 1835-1837 and began the long tradition of excellence still embodied by the ship and crew today. The ship's motto is "our cause is noble."

Washington's crew supports multi-mission operations throughout Sector Guam's vast area of responsibility. This area consists of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) surrounding Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Additionally, they conduct international missions throughout the waters of the Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, specifically conducting search and rescue response missions and maritime law enforcement operations. Most recently, they patrolled Palau's EEZ as part of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency Operation Kurukuru, a coordinated maritime surveillance operation. The goal of the annual operation is to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing. Washington’s long-term efforts to improve maritime governance within the region have advanced a rules-based order and improved freedom of navigation.

Some of the crew will remain permanently stationed in Guam and crew the Fast Response Cutters. The first of three, the USCGC Myrtle Hazard (WPC 1139) is due to arrive in mid-2020.

Washington is one of the 49 Island Class cutters built to replace the 95-foot Cape Class cutters. With a 16 to 18-person mixed-gender crew and an operating range exceeding 2,300 miles, it has been a successful platform to conduct search and rescue response, ports waterways and coastal security operations, and to enforce the laws and treaties of the United States. The U.S. State Department is coordinating the transfer of Washington through the Foreign Assistance Act. This act allows the transfer of excess defense articles as a grant to friendly, foreign governments.

Article courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Minuteman Fire & Rescue acquired by Allegiance Fire & Rescue. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in November.

Press release from the U.S. Coast Guard:
The Coast Guard has announced that two of its new Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) will be named in honor of Coast Guard heroes who also served in the New York City Police Department and New York City Fire Department respectively, and lost their lives responding on 9/11.
Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard Commandant, is scheduled to announce that the new cutters will be named in honor of Port Security Specialist 2nd Class Vincent Danz and Machinery Technician 1st Class Jeffrey Palazzo.
Danz served as a Coast Guard Reservist, as well as an NYPD officer at the Emergency Services Unit in the Bronx. He responded on 9/11 to aid victims and lost his life when the World Trade Center collapsed. Palazzo served as a Coast Guard Reservist and an FDNY firefighter at Rescue 5 in Staten Island He also lost his life assisting others at the scene of the attacks on 9/11.
The new cutters are scheduled for delivery starting in 2023. FRCs are the mainstay of the Coast Guard’s coastal patrol fleet, providing multi-mission capabilities and interagency interoperability. FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; over-the-horizon cutter boat deployment to reach vessels of interest; and improved habitability and sea-keeping. They are replacing the 1980s-era Island Class 110-foot patrol boats.

U.S. Coast Guard- the Coast Guard has commissioned two new National Security Cutters - the USCGC Kimball (WMSL-756) and USCGC Midgett (WMSL-757). CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

U.S. Coast Guard commissions new Fast Response Cutter: (Article courtesy of U.S. Caost Guard)
The Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Doyle (WPC-1133) was commissioned into service Saturday during a ceremony at U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Joseph Doyle is the thirty-third Fast Response Cutter FRC to be commissioned in the Coast Guard and the seventh to be assigned to Sector San Juan and homeported in Puerto Rico.
The Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutters (FRCs) are designed to conduct maritime drug interdiction, alien migrant interdiction, search and rescue, national defense, homeland security, living marine resource protection and other Coast Guard missions. This class of patrol boat is capable of deploying independently to execute Coast Guard missions and prevent potential threats from approaching that nation’s shores and offers vastly improved capabilities over the aging 110-foot Island-class patrol boats it replaces.
Each FRC is named for a Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. The namesake of today’s commissioned cutter is Coast Guard hero Captain Joseph O. Doyle. Doyle was born in 1836. On July 11, 1878, he was appointed keeper of the Charlotte, New York Life Saving Station. During 1878, he achieved two impressive rescues. The first was the wreck of the schooner B.P. Dorr of Chicago, which was discovered September 11, 1878. At 9:30 p.m. the ship stranded about one mile west of Doyle’s station. The vessel was visible by the flare of a strong torch on board despite the rain. With the six men and the women on board, the vessel safely and swiftly was returned to the beach under the steady oar of the keeper. The second rescue in which Doyle showed his great skill and bravery involved the wreck of the schooner Star of Millpoint, Ontario Canada on Oct. 23, 1878. Captain Doyle was awarded the Gold Life Saving Medal for his heroic actions in the conduct of both rescues.

University of Maine students build "station" for antique fire engine. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in May.

U.S. Coast Guard commissions new cutter. Press release courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard:
SAN DIEGO — The Coast Guard commissioned the newest California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter in San Diego, Wednesday.
The Benjamin Bottoms is the fourth Sentinel-Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to be homeported at Base Los Angeles-Long Beach.
While these ships will be based in San Pedro, they will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off of Mexico and Central America.
"Radioman First Class Benjamin Bottoms is a Coast Guard hero," said Adm. Charles Ray, the Coast Guard vice commandant. "He was the embodiment of honor, commitment and sacrifice — the motto of this new cutter." FRC’s are 154-foot multi-mission ships designed to conduct: drug and migrant interdictions; ports, waterways and coastal security operations; fisheries and environmental protection patrols; national defense missions; and search and rescue.
To date, the Coast Guard has accepted delivery of more than 30 FRCs. Each ship is designed for a crew of 24, has a range of 2,500 miles and is equipped for patrols up to five days. The FRCs are part of the Coast Guard’s overall fleet modernization initiative.
FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment as well as over-the-horizon response boat deployment capability and improved habitability for the crew. The ships can reach speeds of 28 knots and are equipped to coordinate operations with partner agencies and long-range Coast Guard assets such as the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters.

Barnstable County, Mass suspends use of water at fire academy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in April.

Fire towers in Massachusetts keep firefighters on top of brush fires. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.

Maine ambulance dedicated to fallen Somerset County Sheriff's deputy. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in April.

Pierce recalls more than 800 vehicles. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in March.

U.S. Coast Guard commissions new Fast Response Cutter. Press release provided by U.S. Coast Guard:
The Coast Guard Cutter Terrell Horne (WPC-1131), a California-based 154-foot Fast Response Cutter (FRC), was commissioned in San Pedro, Friday.
The Terrell Horne is the third FRC to be homeported at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach and will operate throughout the 11th Coast Guard District, which includes all of California and international waters off Mexico and Central America.
Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III was killed by suspected drug smugglers who intentionally rammed the boat he and fellow Coast Guardsmen were aboard during law-enforcement operations near Santa Cruz Island off the Southern California coast in December 2012. Horne pushed one of his shipmates out of the way of the oncoming vessel attack and sustained fatal injuries.
FRCs feature advanced command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment as well as over-the-horizon response boat deployment capability and improved habitability for the crew. The ships can reach speeds of 28 knots and are equipped to coordinate operations with partner agencies and long-range Coast Guard assets such as the Coast Guard’s National Security Cutters.
Each ship is designed for a crew of 24, has a range of 2,500 miles and is equipped for patrols up to five days. The FRCs are part of the Coast Guard’s overall fleet modernization initiative.
FRCs are named in honor of Coast Guard enlisted leaders, trailblazers and heroes. Posted in March.

Hamden, CT First Responders to renovate veteran's home. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in March.

The U.S. Coast Guard and commissioned it's newest 154' Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter. The USCGC Robert Ward (WPC-1130) was commissioned in a ceremony on Saturday March 2nd and will call Los Angeles, CA it's home port. According to the Coast Guard press release, "FRC’s are 154-foot multi-mission ships designed to conduct: drug and migrant interdictions; ports, waterways and coastal security operations; fisheries and environmental protection patrols; national defense missions; and search and rescue." The cutter is named after Coast Guardsman Robert Ward who operated beach-landing boats during the Normandy invasion. He landed his craft on the Cotentin Peninsula and rescued two stranded boat crews in the face of a heavily fortified enemy assault. Information courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard 11th District. Posted in March.

Peabody resident (Roger Baker, Rehab Five) makes career out of assisting firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in February.

Mass Firefighters Union concerned over poor condition of many fire stations. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in February.

Off duty Milford, MA dispatcher helps save residents from apartment fire. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in February.

Raynham, Mass Fire Chief looks back on 49 year career. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Vermont Firefighters' gear will outfit Tazmanian City. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Badge with sentimental value stolen from firefighter's car while on duty in Cambridge. CLICK FOR FACEBOOK POST. Posted in January.

East Haven, Connecticut Firefighters collect goods for Coast Guard members not getting paid during shut-down. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Connecticut- Fire Stations across the state face serious shortage of volunteer firefighters. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Rochester, New Hampshire Firefighter returns to work after battling cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

York County, Maine Firefighters collect patches for young boy with brain cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Sanford, Maine Firefighters shave heads in support of assistant chief with cancer. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Stoneham and Winchester, Mass receive state funds for S.A.F.E. programs. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Off Duty Oak Bluffs, Mass Firefighters aid state trooper. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Hermon, Maine live in fire students learn tricks of the trade. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

"Worcester's Bravest" beer created to help daughter of fallen Worcester Firefighter. CLICK FOR ARTICLE. Posted in January.

Boston Lieutenant Kevin Kelley 10 year anniversary of Line of Duty Death. CLICK FOR ARTICLE.




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