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Upon Further Inspection

(Click picture for video) Sector New Orleans Port State Control examiners conduct an exam aboard the bulk carrier Maritime Unity. Sector New Orleans conducted 997 examinations and screened 5,361 vessels in the year of 2013. Port State Control is the inspection […]


U.S. Coast Guard Illustration by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega

The I of the storm

Benjamin Franklin once said “Failure to prepare is preparing to fail.” This week marks the start of hurricane season. As most citizens who live by the coastline are aware, this time of year can prove to be a period of […]


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Killer Ex

“I’VE GOT AN OPEN DOOR LEFT! NEED SUPPORT, NEED SUPPORT!!” The voices are close.


Students in the boatcrew college test at Coast Guard Station New Orleans, Dec. 9, 2013.

Crew cruises college to qual

Always being ready is the lifeblood running through the veins of the United States Coast Guard. Priding themselves on being the best trained in many maritime evolutions, Coast Guard members are ready to respond with utmost flexibility and proficiency in […]


Coast Guard aviation maintenance technicians and avionics electricians perform routine maintenance on a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at the air station hangar Oct. 17, 2013.

Keeping the wings golden

A thunderous whirring fills the atmosphere as powerful rotor blades slice into the air. Crossing a body of water a predominant orange-and-white helicopter slows down descending into a hover as the propeller thrust gusts waves to form a halo on […]


Petty officers Stephen Ballinger and Ariel Reyes board a Mexican shrimp boat leaving the port of Brownsville, Texas, after seeking shelter from Hurricane Ingrid, Sept. 17, 2013. Coast Guard crews worked with Customs and Border Protection agents to escort approximately 200 vessels in and out of port.

The great exodus

Normally, confiscated lanchas, fishing nets and dead fish populate empty parking spots of Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, Texas. Evidence of a busy week keeping America’s waters sovereign and free of illegal fishing. When I arrived at the station […]


Petty Officer 3rd Class Will Khams, a facility inspector at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, inspects a pump at a facility near the Atchafalaya River, Sept. 6, 2013.

A safer, cleaner tomorrow

Forget the mundane. This is a mission that is often synonymous with anonymous, as its agents and incidents can be difficult to record. Because, the worst case, end-of-the-world very thing that should have, could have or would have happened — […]


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Learning the life flow of America’s main arteries

On a Tuesday morning in Louisville, Ky., about 20 dark-blue uniformed people make their way into a basement conference room in the Romano L. Mazzoli Federal building. Bleary-eyed and waiting for their coffee to kick in, they sit patiently behind […]


Pictured is the National Weather Service New Orleans office severe weather emergency response vehicle in Slidell, La., Aug. 19, 2013. The SWERV is deployed during emergency situations. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets.

Backed by science

      Growing up, did you ever do something that was, let’s say, less than advisable? Maybe climbing that particular tree wasn’t such a good idea? Maybe stepping on that particular elderly gentleman’s lawn ruined your day? Wouldn’t it […]


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Saviors in the shadows

Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally “Hello all station, hello all station” crackles throughout a dimly lit room. The room is about the size of an apartment loft. A dull, gray, semi-circle cavern with screens and speakers hidden […]


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