That's criminally negligent. I believe getting it right would be just halting and eliminating them now yesterday, last year, last decade would be better. You know sometimes something is unique say a shattered bit of historical art. Sometimes however something was a bad ideal and not worth saving. You just end it. More importantly do it with a really clear eyed self examination of how you walked into the shat show that is the LCS so you can get a nice little 10 point set of rules that stops it from reoccurring.
There is nothing to get right, just focus on not getting that wrong again. Keep the WHEC Migett paint it gray and start training sailors by rotation to sail a frigate sized ship plus like all aging USCG vessels you get contentious damage control experience that even if aged can actual cruise about for more than a couple weeks.
Wait for your mini Burks that hopefully do not have a single cost overrun. Go back to defending the Ford somehow that seems like it needs more effort. Also does the USCG have extra law enforcement detachments laying about? Or does that mean some cutter does not have one or an under staffed one so the LCS can do something anything? Hopefully it gets moved to an Indy when they pull them from service. Beyond Conops, the requirements were poorly scrubbed.
This is what has me worried about future ships. The Navy doesn't leave butts in seats long enough for people to learn what they need to in order to read a requirement and know how stupid it is. A gas tank and burn rate you can do the math to see the range requirement can't be met without burning the mission fuel. And on and on. I'd still insist on learning from it all. Clearly in the end here we are seeing the Indy outperform the Freedom's.
They are deploying more. More of them are to be built. They are getting built much faster. They meet the range requirement.
When you look at things like endurance, you see the limits of a small ship design. Pretty much the same as LCS 98 for 21 days. We know 40 knots is a stretch and can compare the costs clearly now between propulsion types for a ship this large in the long run.
Reality is fast ferries always go from 0 to full speed over and over. That is never going to be a warship profile. The needed trade off for capacity is abundantly clear. Propellers get it done just fine. There are bits and pieces installed and what's been installed is pre-production prototypes. The Navy is also grappling with weight issues and are looking to trim down the module. The Navy has issued contracts to various companies to find a way to reduce weight.
Results are pending. Oubliette - Shallow Seas (CDr), the ASW module might be the most functional but it is also the least deployable, at the moment, due to weight! My understanding has always been that the engines are too noisy for proper sonar functioning, which significantly impairs any ASW mission.
Slides 16 and Give them to the Coast Guard. If the Coast Guard doesn't want them a likely possibility then give them away.
If we can't give them away, sell them to the Russians. They're used to having ships that can't get underway because nothing works. They are too expensive to operate, and lack the range and endurance and sea keeping the USCG would want.
Given their typical mission profile, I wouldn't think range and endurance would be huge considerations for USCG. I'm not aware that their sea-keeping issues are necessarily greatier than for other ships their size, but perhaps I am ill-informed there.
I'm not sure about operating costs, but I would guess that operations in and out of a base could be handled better than deployments. At any rate, on a discounted cash flow basis, getting a bunch of ships free up front would absorb a lot of operating costs for a long time.
I would think that something that could move fast in short bursts would be useful for them, and the 57mm popgun is probably enough to do some damage when they get there. If we want to play 24 what happens when a terrorist is ramming a massive cargo ship into something a 57mm gun is pointless.
Range and endurance are key considerations for the USCG NCS - range 12, nmi endurance days OPC - current - range 10, nmi endurance 60 days Medium range cutter - range nmi week patrol expected. USS Freedom - nmi that is charitable since it requires 14 knots not anything like its awesome supposed super fast speedendurance 21 days. Why would the USCG take a white elephant that can not mach the specifications it needs for its top line cutters.
Edit also if Coffee man below is correct not holding the ship together with tape and whatever on the fly err sail would be very much anti USCG tradition. I know USCG has those range and endurance numbers for their current cutters, but are they really gone for those lengths of time? I know the jokes about coming back from a lengthy deployment--since last Thursday--but I actually thought there was some truth to that.
Yes, I know the maintenance profile doesn't fit USCG bubble-gum-and-baling-wire traditions, and that may be a disqualified. I just think it should be examined. If the Coast Guard doesn't want them, I have no idea what to do with them, except somehow or another get them out of the US Navy. And for Pete's sake, don't build any more.
For example, the premise of the LCS maintenance is one of predictive maintenance. With that information in hand, the required maintenance personnel and parts should, in theory, be waiting for the LCS when it pulls into dock.
Of course, this all requires an extensive shore side effort to receive the data, analyze it, schedule work, and move the right personnel to the right location. This all requires equipment, organization, and people that are far beyond anything the Coast Guard is likely to want to take on.
The reality is that the bandwidth for the remove monitoring far exceeded the LCS and shore capability, the analysis did not occur, the right parts and personnel were not available, and the deployed LCS was left sitting dockside for extended periods. The contractor manning requirement alone is enormous. Why do yo think the LCSes, even without modules, aren't deploying?
The Navy found from the first two overseas deployments that the maintenance model didn't work. It was utterly unaffordable, unworkable, and unmannable. So, with all that in mind, can you see the Coast Guard wanting to take on that financial and personnel burden? I keep hearing the 'give 'em to the CG' idea but the CG doesn't want any part of this debacle! Why would they? The one thing I could see is that they get a bunch of ships for free.
Booth that Coast Guard boarding officers are qualified law enforcement officers authorized to carry personal firearms off-duty for self-defense. The Coast Guard occasionally publishes a list of statistics that summarizes their activities. Based on statistics, on an average day the United States Coast Guard will: . The Coast Guard traced its roots to the small fleet of vessels maintained by the United States Department of the Treasury beginning in the s to enforce tariffs an important source of revenue for the new nation.
Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton lobbied Congress to fund the construction of ten cutterswhich it did on 4 August now celebrated as the Coast Guard's official birthday.
Until the re-establishment of the Navy inthese "revenue cutters" were the only naval force of the early United States.
As such, the cutters and their crews frequently took on additional duties, including combating piracy, rescuing mariners in distress, ferrying government officials, and even carrying mail. Several names, including "Revenue-Marine," were used as the service gradually becoming more organized. In addition to its regular law enforcement and customs duties, revenue cutters served in combat alongside the Navy in various armed conflicts including the American Civil War.
Life-Saving Service. Department of the Treasury to the newly formed U. Department of Transportationan arrangement that lasted until it was placed under the U.
Department of Homeland Security in as part of legislation designed to more efficiently protect American interests following the terrorist attacks of 11 September In times of war, the Coast Guard or individual components of it can operate as a service of the Department of the Navy. This arrangement has a broad historical basis, as the Coast Guard has been involved in wars as diverse as the War ofthe Mexican—American Warand the American Civil Warin which the cutter Harriet Lane fired the first naval shots attempting to relieve besieged Fort Sumter.
Its formation marked the first time since World War II that Coast Guard personnel were used extensively in a combat environment. The squadron operated divisions in three separate areas during the period of to Twenty-six Point-class cutters with their crews and a squadron support staff were assigned to the U.
Navy with the mission of interdicting the movement of arms and supplies from the South China Sea into South Vietnam by Viet Cong and North Vietnam junk and trawler operators. The squadron also provided 81mm mortar naval gunfire support to nearby friendly units operating along the South Vietnamese coastline and assisted the U.
Navy during Operation Sealords. A total of 35 High Endurance Cutters took part in operations from May to Decembermost notably using their 5" guns to provide naval gunfire support missions.
Often units within the Coast Guard operate under Department of the Navy operational control while other Coast Guard units remain under the Department of Homeland Security. The new Department of Homeland Security headquarters complex is on the grounds of the former St.
The Coast Guard's current district organization is divided into 9 districts. Their designations, district office and area of responsibility are as follows:. Shore establishment commands exist to support and facilitate the mission of the sea and air assets and Coastal Defense. The Coast Guard has a total workforce of 87, Inthe term "Guardian" was introduced as an alternative but was later dropped.
Admiral Robert J. Papp, Jr. Commissioned officers in the Coast Guard hold pay grades ranging from O-1 to O and have the same rank structure as the Navy.
The Coast Guard does not have medical officers or chaplains of its own. Instead, chaplains from the U. Navy, as well as officers from the U.
Public Health Service Commissioned Corps are assigned to the Coast Guard to perform chaplain-related functions and medical-related functions, respectively. These officers wear Coast Guard uniforms but replace the Coast Guard insignia with that of their own service. The Navy and Coast Guard share identical officer rank insignia except that Coast Guard officers wear a gold Coast Guard Shield in lieu of a line star or staff corps officer insignia.
Highly qualified enlisted personnel in pay grades E-6 through E-9 with a minimum of eight years experience can compete each year for appointment as warrant officers WO. Successful candidates are chosen by a board and then commissioned as chief warrant officer two CWO2 in one of twenty-one specialties. Over time, chief warrant officers may be promoted to chief warrant officer three CWO3 and chief warrant officer four CWO4. If selected, the warrant officer will be promoted to lieutenant O-3E.
The "E" designates over four years active duty service as a warrant officer or enlisted member and entitles the member to a higher rate of pay than other lieutenants. Enlisted members of the Coast Guard have pay grades from E-1 to E-9 and also follow the same rank structure as the Navy. Enlisted members in pay grades of E-4 and higher are considered petty officers and follow career development paths very similar to those of Navy petty officers.
Petty officers in pay grade E-7 and higher are chief petty officers and must attend the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academyor an equivalent Department of Defense school, in order to be advanced to pay grade E The basic themes of the school are:.
Enlisted rank insignia is also nearly identical to Navy enlisted insignia. The Coast Guard shield replacing the petty officer's eagle on collar and cap devices for petty officers or enlisted rating insignia for seamen qualified as a "designated striker".
Group Rate marks stripes for junior enlisted members E-3 and below also follow Navy convention with white for seaman, red for fireman, and green for the airman. In a departure from the Navy conventions, all petty officers E-6 and below wear red chevrons and all chief petty officers wear gold.
Approximately cadets graduate each year, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as an ensign in the Coast Guard. Graduates are obligated to serve a minimum of five years on active duty. OCS is a week course of instruction that prepares candidates to serve effectively as officers in the Coast Guard.
In addition to indoctrinating students into a military lifestyle, OCS provides a wide range of highly technical information necessary to perform the duties of a Coast Guard officer. Graduates of OCS are usually commissioned as ensigns, but some with advanced graduate degrees may enter as lieutenants junior grade or lieutenants. Graduating OCS officers entering active duty are required to serve a minimum of three years, while graduating reserve officers are required to serve four years.
Graduates may be assigned to a cutter, flight training, a staff job, or an operations ashore billet. OCS is the primary channel through which the Coast Guard enlisted grades ascend to the commissioned officer corps. Lawyers, engineers, intelligence officers, military aviators holding commissions in other branches of the U. Armed Forces requesting interservice transfers to the Coast Guard, graduates of maritime academies, and certain other individuals may also receive an officer's commission in the Coast Guard through the Direct Commission Officer DCO program.
Depending on the specific program and the background of the individual, the course is three, four or five weeks long. The first week of the five-week course is an indoctrination week. The DCO program is designed to commission officers with highly specialized professional training or certain kinds of previous military experience. New recruits arrive at Sexton Hall and remain there for three days of initial processing which includes haircuts, vaccinations, uniform issue, and other necessary entrance procedures.
During this initial processing period, the new recruits are led by temporary company commanders. These temporary company commanders are tasked with teaching the new recruits how to march and preparing them to enter into their designated company. The temporary company commanders typically do not enforce any physical activity such as push ups or crunches.
When the initial processing is complete, the new seaman recruits are introduced to their permanent company commanders who will remain with them until the end of training. There is typically a designated lead company commander and two support company commanders. The balance of the eight-week boot camp is spent in learning teamwork and developing physical skills. An introduction of how the Coast Guard operates with special emphasis on the Coast Guard's core values is an important part of the training.
Following graduation from recruit training, most members are sent to their first unit while they await orders to attend advanced training in Class "A" Schools.
The Coast Guard employs over 8, civilians in over two hundred different job types including Coast Guard Investigative Service special agentslawyers, engineers, technicians, administrative personnel, tradesmen, and federal firefighters. Most of these air stations are tenant activities at civilian airports, several of which are former Air Force Bases and Naval Air Stations, although several are also independent military facilities.
Coast Guard Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Alabama to receive 6—12 weeks of specialized training in the Coast Guard fleet aircraft they will operate. Air Force. Fixed-wing aircraft operate from Air Stations on long-duration missions. Helicopters operate from Air Stations and can deploy on a number of different cutters. Helicopters can rescue people or intercept vessels smuggling migrants or narcotics.
Since the terrorist attacks of 11 Oubliette - Shallow Seas (CDr)the Coast Guard has developed a more prominent role in national security and now has armed helicopters operating in high-risk areas for the purpose of maritime law enforcement and anti-terrorism. To support this endeavor, the Coast Guard has partnered with the Navy and U. As these systems mature, research and operational experience gleaned from this joint effort will enable the Coast Guard to develop its own cutter and land-based UAS capabilities.
Coast Guard uses a wide variety of small arms and light weapons. Handguns, shotguns, and rifles are used to arm boat crew and boarding team members and machine guns are mounted aboard cutters, boats, and helicopters. The Coast Guard, like the other armed services of the United States, has a set of Oubliette - Shallow Seas (CDr) values that serve as basic ethical guidelines for all Coast Guard active duty, reservists, auxiliarists, and civilians.
The Coast Guard Core Values are:. Honor : Integrity is our standard. We demonstrate uncompromising ethical conduct and moral behavior in all of our personal actions. We are loyal and accountable to the public trust. Respect : We value our diverse workforce. We treat each other with fairness, dignity, and compassion.
We encourage individual opportunity and growth. We encourage creativity through empowerment. We work as a team. Devotion to Duty : We are professionals, military and civilian, who seek responsibility, accept accountability, and are committed to the successful achievement of our organizational goals.
We exist to serve. We serve with pride. Inthe Coast Guard introduced the Guardian Ethos. As the Commandant, Admiral Allen noted in a message to all members of the Coast Guard: [The Ethos] "defines the essence of the Coast Guard," and is the "contract the Coast Guard and its members make with the nation and its citizens.
This changed the line in the Guardian Ethos "I am a Guardian. I am a Coast Guardsman. I serve the people of the United States.
I will protect them. I will defend them. I will save them. I am their shield. For them I am Semper Paratus. I live the Coast Guard core values. I am proud to be a Coast Guardsman. We are the United States Coast Guard. Hamletwho served as Commandant of the Coast Guard from to I am proud to be a United States Coast Guardsman.
I revere that long line of expert seamen who by their devotion to duty and sacrifice of self have made it possible for me to be a member of a service honored and respected, in peace and in war, throughout the world. I never, by word or deed, will bring reproach upon the fair name of my service, nor permit others to do so unchallenged. I will cheerfully and willingly obey all lawful orders. I will always be on time to relieve, and shall endeavor to do more, rather than less, than my share.
I will always be at my station, alert and attending to my duties. I shall, so far as I am able, bring to my seniors solutions, not problems. I shall live joyously, but always with due regard for the rights and privileges of others.
I shall endeavor to be a model citizen in the community in which I live. I shall sell life dearly to an enemy of my country, but give it freely to rescue those in peril.
With God's help, I shall endeavor to be one of His noblest Works This unofficial motto of the Coast Guard dates to an United States Lifesaving Service regulation, which states in part: "In attempting a rescue, The statement of the keeper that he did not try to use the boat because the sea or surf was too heavy will not be accepted, unless attempts to launch it were actually made Oubliette - Shallow Seas (CDr) failed.
The Coast Guard Ensign flag was first flown by the Revenue Cutter Service in to distinguish revenue cutters from merchant ships.
This ensign became familiar in American waters and served as the sign of authority for the Revenue Cutter Service until the early 20th century.
The ensign was originally intended to be flown only on revenue cutters and boats connected with the Customs Service but over the years it was found flying atop custom houses as well, and the practice became a requirement in On 7 JunePresident William Howard Taft issued an Executive Order adding an emblem to or " defacing " the ensign flown by the Revenue cutters to distinguish it from what is now called the Customs Ensign flown from the custom houses.
The emblem was changed to the official seal of the Coast Guard in The purpose of the ensign is to allow ship captains to easily recognize those vessels having legal authority to stop and board them. It is flown only as a symbol of law enforcement authority and is never carried as a parade standard.
It was derived from the jack of the Coast Guard ensign which was flown by revenue cutters. The emblem is a blue eagle from the coat of arms of the United States on a white field. The racing stripe is borne by Coast Guard cutters, aircraft, and many boats. First used and placed into official usage as of April 6,it consists of a narrow blue stripe, a narrow white stripe between, and a broad CG red bar with the Coast Guard shield centered.
Conversely, black-hulled cutters such as buoy tenders and inland construction tenders use the standard racing stripe. Auxiliary vessels maintained by the Coast Guard also carry the Racing Stripe, but in inverted colors i. The Racing Stripe, officially known as the Service Mark, was designed in by the industrial design office of Raymond Loewy Associates to give the Coast Guard a distinctive, modern image.
President Kennedy was so impressed with his work, he suggested that the entire Federal Government needed his make-over and suggested that he start with the Coast Guard.
Similar Racing Stripe designs have been adopted for the use of other coast guards and maritime authorities and many other law enforcement and rescue agencies.
For most of the Coast Guard's history its uniforms largely mirrored the style of U. Navy uniforms, distinguishable only by their insignia. This represented a departure from many common conventions in naval uniforms. It dispensed with the sailor suit and created a single service dress uniform for officers and enlisted personnel. The Service Dress Blue uniform consists of a blue four-pocket single breasted jacket, matching trousers, Oubliette - Shallow Seas (CDr), and a tie of the same shade as the jacket.
It is usually worn with a light blue collared shirt with two button-flap chest pockets and shoulder loops, but for Lee formal uses a plain white collared shirt is used, known as Service Dress Blue Alpha. Either the garrison cap or combination cap may be worn. Officer and enlisted rank insignia are sewn onto the jacket sleeve in the same manner as Navy uniforms. The Service Dress White "choker" uniforms for officers are identical to those worn by U.
Navy officers aside from service-specific buttons, insignia and sword design. These are typically used for formal parade and change-of-command ceremonies. The Tropical Blue uniform, worn in warm weather, omits the jacket and tie, and features a short-sleeved, light blue shirt with rank insignia on shoulder boards for officers, and pin-on collar insignia for petty officers.
The Tropical Blue uniform may be worn year-round for general office wear and for visits between commands. It may be worn in lieu of the SDB uniform, but not to functions where civilian dress is coat and tie. The Winter Dress Blue uniform consists of a long-sleeve dark blue shirt of the same color as the Service Dress Blue jacket and trousers, without shoulder loops.
It is worn with the blue necktie and rank insignia pins on the collar. All blue service and dress uniforms are worn with a black, plain-toe derby shoe incorrectly referred to as " oxford shoes " in Coast Guard Uniform Regulations or, optionally, black pumps or flats [ disambiguation needed ] for females.
Patent leather versions are authorized. White derby shoes are worn with the dress white uniforms. The Full Dress Blue uniform is essentially the same as Service Dress Blue Alpha, except that it is worn with a full-size medals instead of ribbons, white gloves, and for officers a sword.
Despite the transition to distinctive uniforms for everyday wear in the s, Navy-style dress uniforms were retained. The dinner dress uniforms worn for formal black tie evening ceremonies are also identical to those of the Navy, aside from Coast Guard-specific insignia.
As in the Navy, these uniforms are required for officers, but optional for enlisted members. Due to the expense of these uniforms and the fact that they are rarely called-for, few junior enlisted members purchase them. The ODU may be worn year-round primarily as a field utility and watchstanding uniform, but may also be worn in an office environment where appropriate. Armed Forces. However, the ODU is in a solid dark blue with no camouflage pattern and does not have lower pockets on the blouse.
The first generation ODU, in service from towas worn with the blouse tucked into the trousers. The second generation ODU is worn with the blouse untucked and has black Coast Guard insignia embroidered on the right breast pocket as well as the side pockets of the trousers. The standard footwear is a black composite-toe boot. Brown boat shoes may be allowed for daily wear aboard ship unless boots are required for safety reasons. A standard baseball-style cap embroidered in gold block lettering with "U.
Coast Guard," is the standard headgear. Units may also authorize ball caps with the unit name embroidered for wear while at the unit. For cold weather, the standard outerwear worn with ODU is a "Foul Weather Parka," which comes with a removable liner that may be worn as a stand-alone lightweight jacket.
The Foul Weather Parka replaced several more traditional styles of outerwear notably the reefer jacket as the only authorized outerwear for the ODU, and is also permitted with several service uniform styles. A "Cold Weather Cap" in the style of an ushanka is also authorized for extreme cold environments.
The ODU's simple style and practicality as a working uniform has led the U. The Coast Guard Pipe Band, a special musical unit composed of active, reserve and auxiliary members, wears a modified form of highland dressincluding kilt and sporran. It is, along with the Band of the Air Force Reserve Pipe Bandone of only two kilted units in the United States military, excluding those maintained by state defense forces and service academies. The band's kilt is patterned in the official U.
Photos posted and soon to be in House Boat Magazine. Runs well cruises nice at 8 to 9 miles per hour she will do more, but it just eats gas at that point and runs out at about 15 miles per hour. Anchors out and sleeps great, and the custom arches really make the boat look nice. It's nice to dock and easy to drive. The high wind days are difficult and the trick is to point and shoot. Until next spring it will be on blocks and in the spring we will buff the lower hull as this was not done last year as we needed to get in the water and to our home port.
Steve Reply - Answer Well Steve, congratulations on all your hard work, and glad you're enjoying the boat. IAN from www. I just want to say Oubliette - Shallow Seas (CDr) my "post" notes are from the Bluewater website. I do not know how fast it goes as I am restoring it.
The hulls on these are great built to last I have no stringer rot or delamination. What I question and I have asked Bluewater without a reply. This boat has two arches one at the rear and one over the upper helm. Anyone seen one with arches? Rating Bluewater Boatel History by: Al - Creature Comforts - Chicago 's - The Beginning Elmer Klapmeier initiated what is now Bluewater Yachts in the early 's because of his love of the outdoors and desire to sleep in a bed rather than a bedroll.
The first craft he developed was used to transport the sportsman to a base camp many miles by water from a landing in northwestern Ontario. Due to high quality manufacturing, some of these boats are still in service. Elmer Klapmeier quickly copyrighted the name "Boatel" and brought his newly graduated engineer son into the business on a part-time basis by way of an outing on the craft.
Jim Klapmeier became very enthused and brought a friend into a venture named Northernaire Floating Lodges. These entrepreneurs had the idea to rent the Klapmeier-built boats on Rainy Lake on the U. Bythe company was renamed "Boatel Company" and Jim joined his father full-time to increase service to Northernaire and offer Boatels throughout the United States.
The 's - Domination of Rental Business By the mid's Boatel's market had expanded throughout North America and the company built a larger facility to serve the growing demand. InBoatel added a full hull model made of fiberglass. The significant and attractive feature of the Klapmeier design was the shallow draft of just 24 inches. This performance feature allowed the foot craft to operate safely in shallow water and to be beached-a popular feature with inland waterway cruising enthusiasts.
Boatel also capitalized on their welding and boat building expertise by bidding on navy contracts for landing barges. The 's - Transition Into Retail The continued success of the boats provided an ample international base on which to grow similar but distinct products with appeal to the moneyed yachtperson's desire for more living space than a traditional motor yacht configuration.
The result was a highly-demanded line of yachts from 35 to 45 feet in length, which appealed to a niche customer that no other design could satisfy. Originally offered in the houseboat markets, the target was redefined as intercoastal waterways and larger inland bodies of water in Despite the oil crisis in and the rising cost of petroleum-based construction materials and marine fuel, yacht sales of as many as boats per year continued throughout the 's.
Inthe yacht division became so popular it was given its own identity - "Bluewater. My dad brought me to a marina to look at it, and I wanted it.
He bought it and my family and I spent the next 10 years with it every weekend in the summer. The next 10 years, I used it every other weekend in the summer with college and work friends. Wish I still had it now that I have a family.
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