“We’ve got the most combat experienced military — Army
and Marine Corps, especially — than we’ve had since the
Vietnam War, and we must preserve the lessons this experience has taught us.”
Adm. Mike Mullen
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
During graduation remarks at the Army War College.
Los Angeles Times
“The truth is that modern piracy ... is a violent, bloody, ruthless
practice, made the more fearsome by the knowledge on the
part of the victims that they are on their own and absolutely
defenseless and that no help is waiting just round the corner.”
Capt. Jayant Abhyankar
Deputy Director of the International Maritime Bureau
ty in retaining qualified mariners,
with 88 percent indicating that
retention issues have impacted
■ Seventy-one percent of respondents facing retention issues
believe the problems will persist
for at least five years.
“The maritime industry is a great
place to look for long-term employment now,” Maritime Administrator
Sean T. Connaughton said in a
release. “It used to be that there
were too few jobs and too many
people looking. This study shows
that the tide has turned.”
because, officials said, it was easier
for MARAD to sit down with, for
example, the Army Corps of Engineers or the Department of Defense.
The memorandum does not guarantee federal funding for the project.
MARAD has provided similar
assistance in Honolulu, and Congress
could award the agency blanket
authorization for similar projects
around the county, officials said.
The Guam project will modernize, expand and transform the Jose
D. Leon Guerrero Commercial Port,
which needs better capacity in light
of the ongoing U.S. military buildup on the island.
The service plans to ask for the
extra money in fiscal 2011.
The Coast Guard is hoping that
Rescue 21’s success during the next
two years will help persuade
Congress to grant it the extra money.
The additional funding is needed to help cover the impact of
inflation during the next few years
and extend the system out to
Alaska, said Cmdr. Alan Arsenault,
director of the Rescue 21 program.
“Alaska is a very challenging environment and has significant design
criteria,” he said.
Rescue 21 initially was designed
to receive distress signals from 20
miles offshore. It now receives calls
up to 80 miles offshore. It will be
deployed in 13 Coast Guard sectors
by the end of the year. The system
covers 15,000 miles of coastline in
the Pacific Northwest, Gulf Coast
and Atlantic Coast, but will be
extended to 37,000 by 2010. ■
Reporting by Seapower Correspondent
Megan Scully. Managing Editor Richard
R. Burgess, Associate Editor Matt
Hilburn and Assistant Editor John C.
Marcario contributed to this report.
MARAD to Help Guam
Continuing its efforts to provide federal oversight for port-expansion projects around the country, the Maritime
Administration (MARAD) signed a
memorandum of understanding for
such a project in Guam May 26.
According to MARAD officials, a
similar memorandum with the Port
of Anchorage, Alaska, streamlined
the process for issuing the numerous
permits needed for expansion, shaving five years off the process. This is
Rescue 21 Looks
For Increased Funding
The Coast Guard will ask Congress
for an additional $330 million for
its distress communications system,
Rescue 21. If approved, the project’s
total cost would eclipse $1 billion.
“[Rescue 21] has exceeded all
performance parameters that we
had in the contract,” Rear Adm.
Gary Blore, the Coast Guard’s director of acquisitions, said in a media
conference call June 6.
■ Due to an editing error,
The Historical Perspective in
the June issue of Seapower
incorrectly named the president who urged Congress to
invest in naval facilities at
Pearl Harbor in 1891. President Benjamin Harrison
urged the investment.
■ Also in the June issue, a
Navy League News item on
the Richmond, Va., Council’s
visit aboard the U.K. Royal
Navy carrier Ark Royal
should have listed Council
Director Alan Palmer as a