Coast Guard briefs


From Coast Guard and AP reports

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Coast Guard surveys damage after Nor’easter

BOSTON — Coast Guard crews from Maine to Rhode Island are surveying damage caused by a powerful storm that hit the Northeast region late last week.

Coast Guard crews have identified more than 50 vessels torn from their moorings. Many were unmanned and adrift while others were washed up on shore after the storm hit Oct. 29.

Coast Guard pollution response teams have assessed these the boats and have not found any significant pollution. The vessels vary in size and type, from large sailboats and recreational motorboats, to smaller craft such as dinghies and kayaks.

EC Air Station aids medevac off coast

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard medevaced a woman from a cruise ship 180 miles off Norfolk, Va., Monday evening.

Watchstanders in the 5th Coast Guard District Command Center in Portsmouth were notified at 12:30 p.m. that an 87-year-old female passenger had injured her hip aboard the 749-foot cruise ship Viking Sky and needed medical assistance 250 miles northeast of Norfolk.

Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews launched from Air Station Elizabeth City, and arrived at the rendezvous point. The Jayhawk crew hoisted the woman and her husband and transported them to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Cadet investigated for playing racist song

NEW LONDON, Conn. — A white cadet played a racially offensive song in the room of an African-American classmate, prompting a criminal investigation, the superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy said Monday.

The black cadet told the other student he thought the song was racist, and left to tell a peer counselor about it, Superintendent Rear Adm. James Rendon said at an academy-wide meeting. The black cadet returned to find the background screen on his computer had been changed to show the Mississippi state flag, which includes the Confederate battle flag, Rendon said.

The Coast Guard Investigative Service is conducting a criminal inquiry. The academy also will conduct an investigation under the Coast Guard's anti-discrimination policies, an academy spokesman said.

Rendon did not name the song played by the white cadet, but he said it romanticizes "a world in which the South won the Civil War" and is widely considered offensive. He said the black cadet took his classmate's actions as offensive and intimidating.

5th District chaplain given distinguished service award

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Lt. Cmdr. Matthew Prince, the 5th District command chaplain, was presented the 2017 Distinguished Service Award on Oct. 24 at the Marriott Newport News at City Center in Newport News.

Prince was recognized during the during the 92nd annual meeting of the Military Chaplains Association, a professional support and veterans service organization dedicated to the religious freedom and spiritual welfare of armed services members, veterans, their families, and their survivors.

The award recognizes exceptional ministry professionalism, expertise in an environment of diverse individuals, resiliency, and effectiveness in addressing the spiritual and/or moral needs and issues facing the demands of life and duty in the modern military environment.