Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Happy Birthday

U. S. Coast Guard Facts
Did you know…
Each day, the men and women of the 35,000 plus active duty Coast Guard, 8,000 Reservists, and 32,000 Auxiliarists provide services over 3.4 million square miles of Exclusive Economic Zones.
On an average day, the Coast Guard:
Conducts 109 Search and Rescue Cases.
Saves 10 lives
Assists 192 people in distress.
Protects $2,791,841 in property.
Seizes 169 pounds of marijuana and 306 pounds of cocaine worth $9,589,000.00.
Processes 238 Seaman licenses and documents.
Investigates 6 vessel casualties involving collisions, allisions, or groundings.
What else happens during an average day?
Small boats are underway for 396 sorties/missions.
Aircraft fly 164 missions, logging 324 hours, of which 19 hours are flown off patrolling cutters.
Law enforcement teams board 144 vessels.
Cutter and small boat crews interdict and rescue 14 illegal immigrants.
Marine Safety personnel open 8 new cases for marine violation of federal statutes.
Marine Inspectors board 100 large vessels for port safety checks.
Vessel examiners conduct 20 commercial fishing vessel safety exams and issue 11 fishing vessel compliance decals.
Pollution investigators respond to 20 oil or hazardous chemical spills totaling 2,800 gallons.
Buoy tenders and Aids to Navigational Teams service 135 aids to navigation.
Vessel Traffic Service controllers assist 2,509 commercial ships entering & leaving U.S. ports.
Auxiliarists conduct 377 vessel safety checks and teach boating safety courses to 550 boaters.
Still want more...
The U.S. Coast Guard seizes 18 drug smuggling vessels every five days.
Icebreakers and buoy tenders assist 196,938 tons of shipping daily during the Great Lakes ice season.
International Ice Patrol sorties provide ice safety information to facilitate the 163,238 tons of shipping during the North Atlantic ice season.
And they accomplish all of this with member numbers smaller than the New York City Police Department.

Happy 218th to all the Coasties out there. They may be the often overlooked stepchild of the military, but they certainly pull their weight!

3 comments:

Randi Jo :) said...

hey carebear! How are you!? How was your birthday!? How is matthew today!? U all okay?

This entry was really hard to believe --- but I believe it haha but it's just awesome!! Very powerful

I hope you're doing great. love ya

carebear said...

As I told you in email my birthday was great, but it is nice knowing that you share a birthday with someone (namely the coast guard) that will always be older and help you to feel young! But this is the last birthday I'm counting. As they say, stop at 29! :)

Elizabeth said...

Happy birthday to the Coast Guard! Thanks for all y'all do! And happy birthday to you! Thanks for all YOU do!

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