Posts Tagged ‘cutter’

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

Your Bicycle’s U-Lock on the Mean Streets of San Francisco: A Thermite Cutter or a Plasma Torch Just Might Do You In

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Thusly:

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Don’t know what did this kind of damage.

Anyway, that’s the evidence, as found on Oak Street north of SoPA and South of NoPA, so it’s up to you to figure the M.O.

[Oh, an angle grinder - that also could explain the burning. See comments.]

[Oh, it could have been an  oxy-acetylene torch as well. See comments.]

Or it could have been Arnold – he has the equipment, anyway.

The U.S. Coast Guard Ships Out of the Bay Area to Help with the BP Oil Spill

Friday, June 4th, 2010

The Bay Area-based USCGC Aspen Seagoing Buoy Tender just took off for Florida to help out with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

As she looked yesterday on her way to the Panama Canal and beyond:

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Check the video:

SAN FRANCISCO – Lt. Cmdr. Roy Burbaker, commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, discusses the oil spill response capabilities of the cutter as crewmembers prepare to deploy to the Gulf of Mexico to provide clean up and operational support for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, June 3, 2010. With a crew of 34 and seven officers, the Aspen is one of the most technologically advanced cutters in the Coast Guard fleet, capable of providing on-the-water skimming operations. The Aspen is a versatile ship that can be used for pollution response, command and control, logistics, or other roles in addition to her primary missions of maintaining aids to navigation, search and rescue, and law enforcement. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela J. Manns

All the deets:

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Cutter Aspen, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender homeported at Yerba Buena Island in San Francisco, deployed to the Gulf of Mexico to assist with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response today.

The Aspen is a versatile ship that can be used for pollution response, command and control, logistics, or other roles in addition to her primary missions of maintaining aids to navigation, search and rescue, and law enforcement. The cutter has the capability to deploy the skimming and oil containment equipment known as the Spilled Oil Recovery System(SORS). The cutter’s crew of 41 joins over 180 California-based Coast Guard personnel who have been assigned to Deepwater Horizon oil spill duty. Two skimming systems and 9,500 feet of boom based in California have also been sent to the region.

“The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is a national disaster,” said Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District headquartered here. “We’re going to help in any way we can. The American people and Gulf Coast citizens deserve our strong support.”

Responding to disasters is an important Coast Guard mission. California-based Coast Guard personnel, aircraft, vessels and equipment have regularly deployed to disasters such as the Haitian earthquake, California wildfires, floods, tsunamis, and other major response and relief operations. Some 5,300 active duty and 929 reserve Coast Guard personnel are based in California.

Shore-based maintenance teams and other West Coast buoy tenders will cover the Aspen’s aids-to-navigation duties while the cutter is deployed to the Gulf of Mexico. The ship is expected to be deployed for several months.

Bon Courage.

More U.S. Coast Guard Rifles and Machine Guns Above the Bay Area

Saturday, February 7th, 2009

When the U.S. Coast Guard is trying to use appropriate force to interdict vessels from the air, it’s always nice to have a little firepower. Read all about the changes coming to the skies above San Francisco area.

Welcome machine gun, the M240. Click to expand: 

And how about throwing in the Barrett M82 / M107 .50 caliber rifle as well. It’s a real attitude adjuster. All part of the program when you upgrade all your Dolphin twirly-poppers.

U.S. Coast Guard Recovers Huge Buoy Off of San Francisco

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

What were you doing new year’s eve? Well, that was probably more fun than what the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Aspen did, which was fix our buoy problem.

The San Francisco Approach Lighted Whistle Buoy SF, commonly known as the “Sea Buoy” was recovered by the Coast Guard Cutter ASPEN. The buoy was found on the sea floor in its assigned position, still attached to its mooring. The buoy was lifted onto the deck of the ASPEN, and will be brought back to San Francisco for repairs

They’re looking into why it sank – it might have been hit by an outbound vessel. Click to expand:  

Doesn’t look like too much fun.  

Let’s be careful out there.

U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco Practices – Rescues on the Bay

Friday, March 28th, 2008

A United States Coast Guard Dolphin helicopter patrolling the Golden Gate Bridge last month.

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Yesterday, Sector San Francisco invited a few folks over to get a closer look at what it takes to keep people from dying on the bay. Take a look the video from KTVU Channel 2.

Click on to see photos from the day. Don’t forget to hop over and take a gander at what Telstar Logistics saw.

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