Posts Tagged ‘Coast Guard’

The Biggest Coast Guard Cutter I’ve Ever Seen: Presenting the Huge USCGC Stratton – “Sponsored by Michelle Obama”

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Man, this thing is big, this Legend-class “National Security Cutter” USCGC Stratton (WMSL-752).

As seen from AT&T Park:

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First Lady Michelle Obama Commissions the USCGC Stratton

First Lady Christens USCGC Stratton

Our U.S. Military Conducts Exercises in Plain View at Ocean Beach – Coast Guard Rescue Boats Practice Practice Practice

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Thusly:

Hey, you know who doesn’t train for this type of water rescue? The SFPD, which is sort of funny because they have the exact same kind of aluminum-hulled rescue boat, Marine One or whatever they call it.

Am I saying that the SFPD Marine Unit should try to replicate our Coast Guard and practice alongside the Coasties? No.

But I am saying that it’s absurd that the SFPD operates a heavy surf rescue vessel. We should give it to the government of the Philippines or something like that.

IMO.

US Military Performing Exercises Just Off of Ocean Beach on MLK Day – US Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Life Boats

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The smallest branch of our U.S military, the Coast Guard, was out practicing rescues at Ocean Beach on a national holiday, as they are want to do.

One of the $1.2 million Textron Marine 47 foot Motor Life Boats on the scene: 

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Semper Paratus (Always Ready)

How Your US Coast Guard Spent Thanksgiving at Ocean Beach: Fighting the Waves in a 47-Foot MLB – Damn!

Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Oh ho, look what Serge Dedina witnessed over the long four-day weekend.
Serge Dedina ‏@sergededina

“God bless the @uscoastguard -here they are training at Ocean Beach, #SanFrancisco on Thanksgiving Day. #Seamanship pic.twitter.com/ztyMGyoHZU

“Incredible photo of @uscoastguard training in big surf at Ocean Beach, SF on Thanksgiving Day. pic.twitter.com/H0LlTupKwN

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(Of course our SFPD has the same basic vessel, SFPD Marine 1, except I don’t think they’ve ever used it the way it was meant to be used. So yes it’s cool to have an all aluminum lifeboat but it’s pretty stupid for the SFPD to operate it, IMO.  In a better world, we’d just give it to the Philippines or someplace.)

Anyway, Semper Paratus (Always Ready)

Displacement: 18 t (20 short tons)[3]
Length: 14.6 m (47 ft 11 in)[3]
Beam: 4.27 m (14 ft 0 in)[3]
Draught: 1.37 m (4 ft 6 in)[3]
Propulsion: 2 × Detroit Diesel 6V92TA DDEC-IV engines, 435 hp (324 kW) each[3]
1,500 liter (373 usable imperial gallons) fuel capacity [3]
Speed: 25 knots (29 mph; 46 km/h) maximum
22 knots (25 mph; 41 km/h) cruising[3]
Range: 200 nmi (370 km) cruising[3]
Complement: 34 Persons, 4 crew, 30 passengers[3]
Armament: 1 × M240B machine gun (optional)[4]

News from Inside the America’s Cup: SFGov “is very unhappy with the promised financial bonanza being anything but.”

Friday, July 5th, 2013

So let’s hear from America’s Cup 2013 Safety Committee member Jim Farmer, QC [Her Majesty's Counsel learned* in the law]:

The City of San Francisco is very unhappy with the promised financial bonanza being anything but.”

Heretofore, everything that could have gone wrong with the 2013 America’s Cup has gone wrong. All we can do now is hope that no one else dies for the sake of Larry Ellison’s ego.

Oh well.

And is this America’s Cup going to be the last big thing Larry Ellison does before he dies?

Oh well.

So there’s this – it’s the kind of thing called Harsh Reality Time:

“Much of the vision, it is now apparent, has turned to custard.  Larry Ellison’s prediction that there would be a dozen or more challengers (up to 15 perhaps) looks absurd with only 3 challengers making it to the start line and one of them not yet ready to race.   The City of San Francisco is very unhappy with the promised financial bonanza being anything but.  The tragic death of Andrew Simpson when the first (and so far only) Artemis boat disintegrated as it collapsed has cast a pall over the Event from which even the spectacular speed of these boats is unlikely to clear away.

And there’s this:

“One has to hope most earnestly that there is no further disaster.  So far these boats have not yet raced in anger and that has to be the major concern.  Two boats, each sailing at over 40 knots and closing from opposing tacks at a mark at an effective combined speed of 80 knots, is not for the faint-hearted.  Getting crew down safely or out of the water from a boat that has capsized remains a serious challenge even for sailors who are well equipped, fit and trained to deal with that situation as best they can.  Fortunately, sanity prevailed with one of the Regatta Director’s safety recommendations being a prohibition on corporate guests sitting on the back of one of these racing machines.  How crazy was that idea in the first place?”

Oh, and there’s this:

“…it will be economics that will prevent the next edition of the Cup under Ellison’s control being a success.   Three challengers this time.  It is hard to see any of those challengers continuing with the same model of the Event next time.  Yes, there will be others who will be happy to do the A45 thing, as there were this time, but the question will be whether (billionaires aside) more than one or two will be able to go to the next stage – which is the America’s Cup after all.  And even the viability of the AC45 circuit must be uncertain.  The existing model of cities paying all the costs of each mini-event, including the cost of getting the 45s there, just didn’t work this time, with a number of planned events being cancelled because of lack of financial support.”

Anyway, the point is that Appointed Mayor and Willie Brown butt-boy Ed Lee knows that this venture is a big flop, but he’s afraid to say or do anything about it.

Oh well.

Monstrous Big Red, a ticking time bomb that went off a couple months ago:

*Pepe: “Wow, Papa Homer, you are so learn-ed.” Homer: “It’s pronounced “learned.’”

Uh, Do 20 or So Bay Area Law Enforcement Agencies Meet in Secret Each Month? Yes, They’re Called the “Neptune Coalition”

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Read the news and turn the pages:

The Neptune Coalition is composed of 15 participating Bay Area Law Enforcement Agencies and is a cooperative effort to enhance the safety and security…”

Let me tell you something:

I am no stranger in your town/

And Rasta seed is all around

And yet, I ain’t never heard of no monthly meetings of no “Neptune Coalition.” 

Is this their former domain name?

I’m intrigued:

One of the 9/11 Commission’s major findings was the need to improve sharing terrorism related information across government lines. And, there has been a shift from “need to know” to a “responsibility to provide” paradigm. While MDA has no room for turf wars, sharing information has moved to the forefront of relations between commercial shipping operations and governmental entities. The “Neptune Coalition” in San Francisco Bay, which is comprised of 20 federal, state, and local law enforcement and response agencies, meets regularly and shares information is an example of best practices in the MDA.”

Why doesn’t somebody look into this and report back to tout le monde? 

Oh, and when you’re done with that assignment, start working on what the “Trident Coalition” is all aboot, eh?

I’m srsly, the melon-farming Trident Coalition.

Here you go, I’ll get you started, with a little tidbit from the Port of Oakland:

Port Security:
• Area Maritime Security Plan (AMSP)
• Trident Coalition
• Neptune Coalition

It’s like I’m the Man from Mars, it’s like I don’t know anything.

Maybe I am a stranger in your town.

And Rasta seed is not all around…

Armed Forces Recruiting Center, 670 Davis Near Broadway, Just North of the Financial District of San Francisco, CA

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

I’ll tell you, if you like to see people walking around 415 dans l’uniforme, then late 2001 would have been the time for you. Military-types were all over town.

But these days, you don’t see that anymore, for some reason. These days, you need to go down the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in the sleepy North of Financial District area to see men and women in uniform.

See the door on the left? They’re* hiring!

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“Navy Recruiting Station San Francisco
670 Davis Street
San Francisco, CA 94111 (415) 434-0195″

*The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, all of them, and maybe even the Coast Guard

The Buzzing Dolphin Helicopters of San Francisco County – Why is the Coast Guard Flying Over Us These Days?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

We’ve had some extra low-and-loud chopper traffic over the 415 recently, not sure why.

Are our U.S. Coast Guard HH-65 Dauphin helicopters taking a new short cut from the east side to the west side, buzzing the NoPA and Nob Hill, when they’re on search and rescue missions nowadays? Could be.

As seen over the Western Addition (yes, there are tiled roofs on the DivCo).

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As it noisily flew over my vast real estate holdings I started thinking about how a trend like this could affect property values, so I started yelling and waving my arms and chanting “U.S.* out of NoPA!” But I remembered I’m not a God Damn Landed Gentry NoPA NIMBY Millionaire and then everything was fine once again. Crisis averted.

Semper Paratus.

*The CG is the smallest branch of the U.S. military, hence the mil in .mil.