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2013-08-04 02:23:16 PM
I love the Coast Guard not only are their rescue swimmers a special kind of crazy. They maintain and Sail the Eagle which is just bad ass.

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2013-08-04 03:07:08 PM

Tom_Slick: I love the Coast Guard not only are their rescue swimmers a special kind of crazy. They maintain and Sail the Eagle which is just bad ass.

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Someone's a fan of the age of sail. Ah, the lash, rum and sodomy with the cabin boy!
 
2013-08-04 03:15:07 PM
A little botox and you could look 217.
 
2013-08-04 03:20:20 PM
oi41.tinypic.com

My first unit.

/  ♫ Memories...   ♪
//  Happy Birthday Puddle Pirates!
 
2013-08-04 03:21:26 PM
Small boat station life is best life.
 
2013-08-04 03:22:39 PM
The only government agency besides that has a legitimate claim at being underfunded.

Happy Birthday Coasties
 
2013-08-04 03:23:02 PM
Maybe a few more centuries and you'll be as good as the navy.

/crawl back under the bridge? What bridge?
 
2013-08-04 03:23:45 PM

hasty ambush: The only government agency besides NASA that has a legitimate claim at being underfunded.

Happy Birthday Coasties


FTFM

/ooops
 
2013-08-04 03:24:06 PM
Happy Anniversary, US Coast Guard!

We made you a cake but it sank.

It was a very big cake.

Please come get us!
 
2013-08-04 03:24:57 PM
Thanks again for saving me in March of 1973. I was washed out of a sailboat cockpit in the Pacific outside the Golden Gate Bridge. Rescue swimmers jumped from a helicopter and saved my dumb life. I was 18, and no, not wearing a life jacket.
 
2013-08-04 03:25:00 PM
oi42.tinypic.com

/Last unit
 
2013-08-04 03:28:07 PM
The Coast Guard: Saving Drunken Party Boaters for Over 220 years.
 
2013-08-04 03:28:15 PM
i think so, Brain, but how will we keep non-CIA independent operators from just bringing boats full of cocaine into the country?

we'll make a Coast Guard, Pinky. a glorious paramilitary arm of the Treasury Department, to protect US currency by helping us to keep interlopers out of the drug trade!
 
2013-08-04 03:28:29 PM
oi41.tinypic.com

/ Favorite unit - the Might Warship Tackle
 
2013-08-04 03:29:36 PM
Coasties are awesome wanna be Sailors.

Wanted to join but only 5'11", you need to be 6 ft or taller.

That way you can walk back to shore.

Go Navy!
 
2013-08-04 03:31:35 PM

Nothing To See Here: Coasties are awesome wanna be Sailors.

Wanted to join but only 5'11", you need to be 6 ft or taller.

That way you can walk back to shore.

Go Navy!


So they are not actually real sailors? I think it's kind of sad they are only allowed to pretend sail on fake oceans.
 
2013-08-04 03:33:01 PM
I think you deserve some sort of medal if you managed to live in New London for four years straight. Easily the crappiest of the service academy towns/cities.
 
2013-08-04 03:33:22 PM
Serving with the Coast Guard is like prison with the possibility of finding tons of free cocaine.
 
2013-08-04 03:36:10 PM

Nothing To See Here: Coasties are awesome wanna be Sailors.

Wanted to join but only 5'11", you need to be 6 ft or taller.

That way you can walk back to shore.

Go Navy!


Deepest waters I ever sailed we're navy wives bathtubs....

Chief J sends...
 
2013-08-04 03:36:15 PM

lifeboat: My first unit.

/  ♫ Memories...   ♪
//  Happy Birthday Puddle Pirates!


My first was an 82' patrol boat out of Newport Beach CA. Did twelve out of twenty years serving on various ships, but none compared to the thrill of pounding thirty foot seas on a patrol boat to rescue some fishermen who managed to get themselves in a bad place.
 
2013-08-04 03:37:17 PM

Popcorn Johnny: The Coast Guard - when you want to join the military, but don't want to risk getting shot at.


You ever try to board a drunk fishermans boat?
 
2013-08-04 03:39:08 PM
Coast Guard brat here!
 
2013-08-04 03:39:31 PM

Resident Muslim: Maybe a few more centuries and you'll be as good as the navy.

/crawl back under the bridge? What bridge?


As good at what? I worked with plenty of squid, they obviously had much lower entry standards.
 
2013-08-04 03:41:06 PM
I thought the Coast Guard was a deodorant
 
2013-08-04 03:42:21 PM
I'll have to say Happy Coast Guard day to my father, he served on a Coast Guard Cutter on convoy duty in the last World War. He's going on 88 now and is still pretty active
 
2013-08-04 03:42:43 PM
As a former USN Sailor I think the USCG is pretty cool.

Semper P!
 
2013-08-04 03:45:47 PM
ct.fra.bz

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2013-08-04 03:46:23 PM
i.qkme.me

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2013-08-04 03:46:55 PM

TwowheelinTim: lifeboat: My first unit.

/  ♫ Memories...   ♪
//  Happy Birthday Puddle Pirates!

My first was an 82' patrol boat out of Newport Beach CA. Did twelve out of twenty years serving on various ships, but none compared to the thrill of pounding thirty foot seas on a patrol boat to rescue some fishermen who managed to get themselves in a bad place.


Those 82s were probably the best PBs the service ever had.  Never got to sail on one, but not due to lack of trying.  I did two 110s and we got real good at casualty control!
 
2013-08-04 03:48:01 PM
Securité, securité, securité, hello all stations, hello all stations...


I get a great deal of entertainment out of listening to the CG on the marine VHF. I get a great deal of comfort knowing those folks are doing their jobs. I'm for it.
 
2013-08-04 03:48:48 PM

the801: i think so, Brain, but how will we keep non-CIA independent operators from just bringing boats full of cocaine into the country?

we'll make a Coast Guard, Pinky. a glorious paramilitary arm of the Treasury Department, to protect US currency by helping us to keep interlopers out of the drug trade!


This is the premise the Revenue Cutter Service was built on. Things have changed in the last couple centuries. They merged with the life saving services, and lighthouse service along the way.

Google ATON. You should see something CG related on the first page.
 
2013-08-04 03:51:20 PM

Tom_Slick: I love the Coast Guard not only are their rescue swimmers a special kind of crazy. They maintain and Sail the Eagle which is just bad ass.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 800x537]


I have, and it is.

Before I washed out, I was a member of the Coast Guard Academy class of 1987, which has provided the former and current commander of the Eagle.  I was proud to know Captain Jones and Captain Pulver, both of whom are outstanding men.  My summer spent on the Eagle was fun, too.

/'87, sir!
 
2013-08-04 03:53:48 PM
The only branch where they tear you down in basic and never build you back up.
 
2013-08-04 03:55:22 PM
Coast Guard dreams:

cf.gcaptain.com


Coast guard reality:

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2013-08-04 03:55:26 PM

Aquadyne: ..


Either you're trolling, or just really ignorant. Okay, I'll believe both too.
 
2013-08-04 03:59:28 PM
I don't know much about this kind of stuff but you Americans probably would be better off without the Coast Guard seeing as how everyone has so many stories about how useless it is.
 
2013-08-04 03:59:32 PM
They just saved an F-16 pilot from the DC ANG who had to eject into the Atlantic (after he tried to play slap n' tickle with another F-16 about 35 miles off the VA coast in the middle of the night).   Neat article / video about it here.  I'll never mock these guys.  Bigger balls than I'll ever have.
 
2013-08-04 04:00:17 PM
Happy Birthday Coasties, and Happy Birthday Mr. President.
 
2013-08-04 04:01:17 PM
I have a nephew who begins his Senior Year in HS this year.  Grew up in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area.  He told me this summer that he wanted to join the Coast Guard, after graduation.  So I asked him, "You know that Cape May is not for wussies, right?"  He grinned and said, "I know.  I'm not a wussy."
 
2013-08-04 04:02:51 PM

Nothing To See Here: Coasties are awesome wanna be Sailors.

Wanted to join but only 5'11", you need to be 6 ft or taller.

That way you can walk back to shore.

Go Navy!


Just keep in mind who trains the Navy to, you know, sail  :)

And as a current Navy employee, go Navy, as well.
 
2013-08-04 04:04:44 PM

FunkOut: I don't know much about this kind of stuff but you Americans probably would be better off without the Coast Guard seeing as how everyone has so many stories about how useless it is.


Sounds like you're reading the wrong stories. Maybe do a little research into what they do before making a statement like that. You may just be pleasantly surprised.
 
2013-08-04 04:11:02 PM
So for those who have actually been in the coast guard, can you tell us what you do most of the time? Is it a lot of waiting around for something to happen? Do you actually have a lot of daily encounters? Any interesting stories?
 
2013-08-04 04:15:06 PM

TwowheelinTim: FunkOut: I don't know much about this kind of stuff but you Americans probably would be better off without the Coast Guard seeing as how everyone has so many stories about how useless it is.

Sounds like you're reading the wrong stories. Maybe do a little research into what they do before making a statement like that. You may just be pleasantly surprised.


I was being sarcastic and referring to the Fark threads. God knows we need someone out there on smelly boats pulling nitwits out of the water and rounding up the floating bales of cocaine before Little Timmy finds one washed up on the beach and becomes the Scarface of Quaintville, CT.
 
2013-08-04 04:15:25 PM

catsfish: Securité, securité, securité, hello all stations, hello all stations...


I get a great deal of entertainment out of listening to the CG on the marine VHF. I get a great deal of comfort knowing those folks are doing their jobs. I'm for it.


Definitely great entertainment.  We moved onto our boat a few months ago,  haven't even bothered to get cable, we just listen to the marine radio all weekend.
 
2013-08-04 04:15:53 PM

TwowheelinTim: FunkOut: I don't know much about this kind of stuff but you Americans probably would be better off without the Coast Guard seeing as how everyone has so many stories about how useless it is.

Sounds like you're reading the wrong stories. Maybe do a little research into what they do before making a statement like that. You may just be pleasantly surprised.


They certainly are not useless, but nothing they do should entitle them to to the same benefits as real branches of the military. That seems to be the point of contention. They are fireman with boats, water cops, accident investigators, exam proctors, buoy maintenance and such, but no one could say soldier or sailor.
 
2013-08-04 04:19:14 PM

blustacon: TwowheelinTim: FunkOut: I don't know much about this kind of stuff but you Americans probably would be better off without the Coast Guard seeing as how everyone has so many stories about how useless it is.

Sounds like you're reading the wrong stories. Maybe do a little research into what they do before making a statement like that. You may just be pleasantly surprised.

They certainly are not useless, but nothing they do should entitle them to to the same benefits as real branches of the military. That seems to be the point of contention. They are fireman with boats, water cops, accident investigators, exam proctors, buoy maintenance and such, but no one could say soldier or sailor.


Do any qualify as tinker, tailor, or spy?
 
2013-08-04 04:26:40 PM
Happy birthday, coasties!  Semper Paratus!
 
2013-08-04 04:30:08 PM

TwowheelinTim: lifeboat: My first unit.

/  ♫ Memories...   ♪
//  Happy Birthday Puddle Pirates!

My first was an 82' patrol boat out of Newport Beach CA. Did twelve out of twenty years serving on various ships, but none compared to the thrill of pounding thirty foot seas on a patrol boat to rescue some fishermen who managed to get themselves in a bad place.


I was on Comanche out of Eureka. Pretty country out there. Loved the Trinity Alps.
 
2013-08-04 04:33:41 PM

justoneznot: So for those who have actually been in the coast guard, can you tell us what you do most of the time? Is it a lot of waiting around for something to happen? Do you actually have a lot of daily encounters? Any interesting stories?


There seems to be a lot of stories of brutal rapes of the women who serve. Would that be interesting?


Here's one now.

Link
 
2013-08-04 04:35:25 PM

justoneznot: So for those who have actually been in the coast guard, can you tell us what you do most of the time? Is it a lot of waiting around for something to happen? Do you actually have a lot of daily encounters? Any interesting stories?


I retired two years ago from the CG.  It really depends on what type of unit you're at, and what part of the country.  For a couple of tours I was in Miami on patrol boats and it was non-stop activity.  There was plenty of everything: search and rescue, drug ops, migrant ops, some fishing enforcement and some other stuff thrown in for good measure.  Never a dull moment, for sure.

I was also at a small boat station in Wisconsin and that was pretty dull, but very enjoyable and rewarding, actually.  We mostly went out and helped people when they broke down or we did safety boardings.  In winter we did ice rescue.

Just about any cutter will be very busy - white cutters do the patrols, black cutters maintain the buoys, and red cutters break ice from Antarctica to the North Pole.  Even if the optempo is low, you'll still be very busy working the ship.

And surfman in the Pacific Northwest and air crews in Alaska simply do not get paid enough money for what they do all day.  They work in the extremes of environments.
 
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