When the cargo ship El Faro vanished with its 33 crewmen off the Bahamas, sailors around the world — bound by their complex relationship with a sea that they can love, hate or fear depending on the weather — felt their hearts crack.
El Faro left Jacksonville for Puerto Rico on Sept. 29 with a crew of 33. All four Mainers on the ship are graduates of Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. “Our community will grieve this together,” William J. Brennan, president of the school, said after Wednesday’s announcement that the search effort was terminated.
The Coast Guard broke the news to grieving family members Wednesday that it was abandoning the search for the 33 mariners aboard a U.S. container ship that sank last week during Hurricane Joaquin, and investigators turned their attention to finding the vessel's data recorder 3 miles down at the bottom of the sea.
While the U.S. enjoys a hefty advantage in nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines, the situation is reversed when it comes to icebreakers. Russia has a fleet of 40 icebreakers with plans to build 11 more, according to the White House. America's fleet stands at two.
The Coast Guard cutter Eagle, the only sailing vessel in active service in the U.S. military, has become a regular wintertime visitor to Curtis Bay, Md., where engineers patch up problems and try to sniff out future trouble spots.
The announcement to boost the icebreaker fleet was an acknowledgment that the U.S. has fallen behind other nations, especially Russia, which possesses 40 icebreakers and has plans to add at least 11 more.
The U.S. Coast Guard dropped off more than $1 billion in cocaine in San Diego on Monday that was seized in one of the most successful seasons of patrolling off the Central and Southern American coasts, authorities said.
A Maine man whose phony mayday call led to a seven-hour search by the U.S. Coast Guard was sentenced Thursday to a year in prison, and federal prosecutors said they hoped the penalty sends a message to other potential pranksters.
For only the second time, a Coast Guard Academy cadet worked on board Robert Ballard's Exploration Vessel Nautilus, a 64-meter non-military research vessel operated by the Ocean Exploration Trust, a nonprofit founded in 2008 by Ballard.
With a new captain and several different contingents of cadets on board, the Coast Guard barque Eagle docked at New London's City Pier Friday morning, marking the end of the 2015 cadet summer training program.
A U.S. Coast Guard crew based in Northern California has seized more than six tons of cocaine worth an estimated $181 million from a partially submerged vessel in the Pacific Ocean, the agency announced.
What better place, several officials said Tuesday afternoon, to celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Coast Guard than in this city, home to several Coast Guard commands, the Coast Guard Academy and the planned National Coast Guard Museum.
Battalion and crew members in orange vests and hardhats work for 12 hours a day for almost a week to load the ship with cargo too heavy to be carried in by aircraft year round, including snow plows and other vehicles.
The Class of 2019 represents the largest incoming class since 2011 with 287 U.S. cadets and four international cadets, though that number will likely fluctuate as some cadets do not make it all the way through, even dropping out after R-day.
Operation Martillo has projected an image of an all-encompassing strategy able to catch many of the drug boatloads headed for the U.S. But some officials in the past have said that its efforts are not enough because of limited resources.