This Day In Coast Guard History – April 28th

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

TODAYINHISTORYUSCG 28th of April

  • 1908-The Revenue Cutter Service became the primary federal agency in charge of patrolling regattas.
  • 1918-CGC Seneca saved 81 survivors from the torpedoed British naval sloop Cowslip while on convoy route to Gibraltar.  Cowslip had been attacked by three German U-boats.
  • 1919-While in command of USS Marietta in the Bay of Biscay on 28 April 1919, Captain Harry G. Hamlet rescued a crew of 47 persons from USS James which was sinking at sea. For his actions that day he was awarded a Gold Lifesaving Medal.  His award citation noted: “This rescue was made extremely difficult and hazardous owing to high seas, which threatened to send the two vessels crashing together. In effecting the rescue, Captain Hamlet displayed admirable seamanship.”  Captain Hamlet would later serve as Commandant of the Coast Guard from 1932-1936.
  • 1993-Coast Guard PACAREA LEDETs (Pacific Area Law Enforcement Detachment), operating from the USS Valley Forge and USS Cleveland, boarded the St. Vincent-flagged 225-foot freighter Sea Chariot about 300 miles southwest of Panama.  The boarding team discovered bales of cocaine in some of the containers on board and then seized the vessel.  The vessel was escorted through the Panama Canal to Station Miami Beach where a search of the vessel’s containers turned up 11,233 pounds of cocaine.
  • 2001-A LEDET assigned to USS Rodney M. Davis, with later assistance from CGC Active made the largest cocaine seizure in maritime history to date when they boarded and seized the Belizean F/VSvesda Maru 1,500 miles south of San Diego.  The fishing vessel was carrying 26,931 pounds of cocaine.

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  1. Theresa Freeman Collins says:

    Thanks for posting this! It makes me very proud to be a member of the Auxiliary Coast Guard…


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