By Phan Anh  March 29, 2018 | 09:37 pm GMT+7 U.S. Ambassador Daniel Kritenbrink, Lieutenant General Nguyen Quang Dam, Commander of Vietnam Coast Guard, Vice Admiral Fred M. Midgette, Commander for U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Consul General Mary Tarnowka and Vietnamese officials in Phu Quoc on March 28, 2018. Photo by the U.S. Embassy of Vietnam The boats are part of a $20 million hardware and infrastructure package. The U.S. transferred $20 million worth of hardware to Vietnam’s Coast Guard on Thursday as the countries continue to boost ties. Vietnam’s Coast Guard Region 4 Station on the southern Phu Quoc Island took delivery of a boat lift, a navigation simulator, vehicles and six Metal Shark patrol boats, while a training center and maintenance facility are also part of the deal, according to a U.S. Embassy press release. The event coincided with U.S. Vice Admiral and Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Fred M. … [Read more...] about US delivers six patrol boats to Vietnam’s Coast Guard
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US Coast Guard cutter during the search for the plane belonging to real estate executive Larry Glazer offshore of Port Antonio, September 6, 2014. The U.S. Coast Guard said on Sunday it abandoned its search for a small, private American plane that strayed into the Caribbean on a flight to Florida before apparently crashing near Jamaica, with the pilot and at least one passenger presumed dead. The plane, whose pilot became unresponsive during the flight, went down northeast of Jamaica on Friday after veering off course and triggering a U.S. security alert that prompted two fighter jets to trail the wayward aircraft until it entered Cuban airspace. The North American Aerospace Defense Command suggested on its Twitter page that the plane's pilot was overcome by "possible hypoxia," a rare condition caused by a loss of cabin pressure that could have rendered everyone on board unconscious. The crash site of the single-engine, seven-seat plane, a Socata TBM700, was believed to be about 14 … [Read more...] about U.S. Coast Guard calls off search for crashed U.S. plane
Sandy, one of the biggest storms to hit the United States, pounded the east coast on Tuesday, flooding large parts of New York City, bringing transport to a halt and interrupting the presidential campaign. Photo: Reuters >> Massive storm Sandy in pictures More than 5.5 million people were left without electrical power by the storm, which crashed ashore late on Monday near the gambling resort of Atlantic City, New Jersey. More than one million people across a dozen states were ordered to evacuate. Heavy snows threatened mountainous regions inland, and huge population centers of Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. lay in the storm's path. "We have not seen the kind of flooding problems that certainly could have happened thus far, but we've still got a long ways to go to get through this storm," Washington Mayor Vincent Gray said on local television. Streets of New York City filled with floodwater, raising fears that the city's subway tunnels could be … [Read more...] about Floods across New York as Sandy slams into eastern U.S.
Navies from the United States and the Philippines kicked off an 11-day joint exercise Tuesday afternoon in waters off the southwestern Philippine island province of Palawan, showcasing the ties and interoperability between the two allies. Dubbed the 17th "Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training" (CARAT), the exercise was held in the Sulu Sea east of Palawan and is expected to wind up on July 8, both navies said. Guided missile destroyers USS Chung-Hoon, USS Howard and the diving and salvage ship USNS Safeguard are the U.S. Navy's centerpieces for the exercise, U.S. navy said earlier in a statement, adding that in addition to the three ships, other participants include P-3C Orion aircraft, SH-60 Seahawk aircraft, U.S. Navy Seabees, a U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team, U.S. Navy Mobile Security Squadron, U.S. Navy Riverine Forces and Medical Support personnel. On the Philippine side, patrol ships BRP Pangasinan and BRP Rizal are dedicated for the exercise, … [Read more...] about U.S., Philippine navies kick off 11-day joint exercise
The U.S. Coast Guard continued searching Lake Pontchartrain, just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday for a U.S. Navy pilot whose plane crashed into the lake on Saturday night. The search, which was suspended after dark Sunday, will continue Monday morning, said the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard launched two small boats and a helicopter from Coast Guard Station New Orleans as soon as they were notified at 6:40 p.m. CT Saturday that a U.S. Navy T-34 training plane was no longer visible on radar. Two pilots on board were said to be clinging to the aircraft before it sank, the Coast Guard said. Coast Guard Petty Officer Thomas Blue told CNN affiliate WDSU the other pilot was rescued and taken to a hospital. The Coast Guard was searching a 5- by 7-mile area, centered about a mile north of Lakefront Airport, the statement said. At the time of the crash, the temperature was 50 degrees Fahrenheit with calm winds and the water temperature was 52 degrees, the Coast Guard … [Read more...] about Coast Guard continues searching for Navy pilot