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My Coast Guard
Commentary | May 6, 2021

Frontline Focus Column 

By Janki Patel, MyCG Staff

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle to depart New London for summer training: On May 8, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Eagle is scheduled to depart New London, Connecticut, to begin summer training for more than 130 U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets. At 295 feet in length, the Eagle, known as America’s Tall Ship, is the largest tall ship flying the stars and stripes and the only active square-rigger in U.S. government service. “We are extremely excited to be getting back underway for a full summer training season and look forward to the opportunity to sail abroad and engage with our international partners,” said. Capt. Michael Turdo, Eagle’s commanding officer. The Eagle will return to New London in mid August. Learn more.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton enters Black Sea: On April 27, Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, a National Security Cutter (WMSL 753), transited into the Black Sea to support NATO allies and partners. Hamilton is the first cutter to visit the Black Sea since 2008, when the Cutter Dallas (WHEC 716) sailed to the Black Sea twice, in 2008 and in 1995. Learn more.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Myrtle Hazard delivers emergency supplies to Palau following Typhoon Surigae: On April 25, the crewmembers of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Myrtle Hazard delivered emergency supplies, including water and food to the island of Kayangel, near Santa Rita, Guam. “Today, our crew had a unique opportunity to conduct one of the most satisfying missions the United States Coast Guard is known for--humanitarian aid,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Johnson, a coxswain aboard the Myrtle Hazard. “We were extremely excited to be able to offer help, which for a small island such as Kayangel, makes a major impact. I am proud I was able to be a part of it.” Upon arriving in Palau, the crew worked closely with the government and the U.S. embassy to coordinate a safe, contactless transfer of the supplies to Kayangel and to ensure the safety of both the people of Palau and the cutter’s crew while conserving the nation's vital medical supplies. Learn more. 

Welcome home U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa: On April 25, crewmembers from U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Tampa returned home in Portsmouth, Virginia, after interdicting more than $94 million worth of illicit drugs. During their patrol, a maritime patrol flight spotted a vessel on April 9, and a law enforcement team from Tampa, Florida, detained three suspects and discovered 87 bales of cocaine, totaling approximately 5,500 pounds of cocaine, worth an estimated $94.6 million.The Tampa crew prioritized readiness during the COVID-19 pandemic and incorporated a series of precautionary measures to include personal protective equipment, as well as the incorporation of vaccinations for members to ensure its crew, family members, and community continue to remain safe while achieving mission excellence. Learn more here