Immersion suits hang for crew use in case of emergency. Coast Guard inspectors discovered improper repairs to immersion suits, which make them unsafe for crew use. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Safety First: Your life depends on it

Marine inspectors from Sector Detroit and Marine Safety Detachment Sturgeon Bay discovered immersion suits with improper repairs to the gloves, a general lack of servicing documentation, and suits that were beyond 10-years-old with no inflation tests. The major function of […]


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Improving service to mariners, industry and the public

Chicago’s 2017 Industry Day event highlighting industry leaders Story by Lt. John Ramos As the primary federal agency for developing marine safety, security, and environmental protection standards, the Coast Guard’s prevention role is largely regulatory, and our efforts begin in […]


Chicago’s Christmas Ship – The Committee Who Makes It Happen

written by Lt. Lindsay Cook The holiday season is a time for enjoying family, friends, setting new resolutions and for some it’s an opportunity to give back. Whether it’s a random act of kindness, participating in a toy drive, or […]


My fortnight with the Coast Guard

Written by Hannah Sample I am a senior at St. Vincent – St. Mary High School located in Akron, Ohio. Being a senior in high school can be stressful because planning for the future and making life-changing decisions is difficult. […]


Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: FN Jaiden Gray, Coast Guard Station Oswego, New York

At Coast Guard Station Oswego, New York, there are many crew members that embody the core values of our service, but none more than Fireman Jaiden Gray. Gray has proven herself to be a dedicated and hard charging shipmate, whose […]


Coast Guard cutters get “dressed up” for 4th of July

  There are 10 cutters homeported in the Great Lakes. These cutters conduct maintain aids to navigation, enforce laws, help clean the environment, keep our homeland secure and rescue boaters in distress. Most of the year the ships are out […]


Show dad some love this Father’s Day and keep him safe on the water

Father’s Day is a special day to honor a very important and influential figure in your life. If dad is a boater, there’s nothing more important than keeping him safe when the unexpected happens on the waterways. The U.S. Coast […]


Great Lakes Coast Guard search and rescue boats

    Boating season on the Great Lakes is finally here. With the increase of boaters and paddlers on the lakes the Coast Guard must be ready for any type of emergency. The Coast Guard 9th District is responsible for […]


Hoax: a $400,000 joke

Say the word hoax out loud. It sounds similar to the noise you might make if something was stuck in your throat. Just like something stuck in your throat, hoaxes are obstructions to the life-saving work that we do. They […]


Beacons of Hope

With satellite-fed maps on every smart phone getting lost seems like a problem of a past era. But what happens when your electronics short out, your boat starts taking on water or catches on fire and you have to abandon […]


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