Our beloved Pike National Forest has once again been damaged by bushfires. Emergency Services are trying to halt the progression of the fire, but currently don't have the equipment or supplies, it is reported. According to the Denver Town Hall, the USCG-IF has been requested to provide assistance, but no rely has been received as of yet.
On Monday, August 14, 2017, the first of two academies opened for USCG-IF. New members will now go to "Basic Training" when they enter USCG-IF. When they graduate Basic Training, they will go to "Advanced Aviation Training". After both phases of training, newly graduated recruits will report to their assigned Wing for Missions. "It's a great way to ensure our new pilots all fly to our standard when they start flying missions", ADM Charles Fosbroke stated.
Earlier this week, USCG-IF Virtual began receiving aircraft from the newly cemented contract with Spectre Air Group. So, far, seven of the new Airbus 330-300 have arrived. USCG-IF pilots will be ramping up training in these aircraft in order to prepare for long haul global flights, transporting troops across the world.
Over a period of 34 hours, USCG-IF Virtual responded to an international cruise ship that had run aground off the northern coast of Hawaii's Oahu island. Trying to see shelter from high winds and dangerous seas, the ship went too close to the shore. As it was slowly taking on water, while tilted on its side, USCG-IF Virtual sent C130J aircraft to rescue all 2,640 passengers. While landing near the triage site was extremely dangerous and difficult, the pilots performed admirably. Great job to all that were able to respond.
A cruise ship ran aground while attempting to seek shelter from high seas and dangerous waves off the northern shore of Oahu Island in Hawaii. The Minnow of the Seas struck ground as it approached Kaneakua Cove, causing major damage and injuring many of the 2,640 passengers and crew that were enjoying their 21-day cruise. Emergency responders have set up a triage center as local tourist and fishing vessels work to evacuate the damaged ship. While this ship is taking on water, rescue efforts are on track for a full evacuation by 2100z on Sunday, June 18, 2017. At this time, it is unknown how serious injuries are. Numerous agencies have been called in to assist.
A super hangar is being erected at Cape May, why you ask? Your guess is as good as mine. The hangar is being built within the USCG Head Quarters, costing an estimated $180m. A spokesman refused to comment, it is rumoured the hangar is being built to support a new airframe along with all the support staff and equipment. Construction has already begun with an unknown completion date - watch this space.MambruGars (IFES) Stand 34: Rodger (IFES) Stand 36: PinY (IFES) Stand 49: R.Clarke (IFES) Stand 50:(edited)
On Monday, 29 May, 2017, the United States Coast Guard – Infinite Flight conducted a Flypast to honor all that had given so much for our great country. There was a great turnout, with seventeen planes; C130s and fighter jets. The event started at KNXP and flew over several airports to honor the fallen. After completing a Flypast at each of the designated sites, everyone returned safely back to KNXP for a full honors military ceremony. USCG-IF Virtual would like to extend a warm thank you to all who helped honor our fallen on Memorial Day 2017.
A USCG C130 Hercules aircraft has been seen landing at Miami Intl Airport. With the ongoing speculation that a major military operation is being planned this further cements the general consensus. A spokesman for the USCG commented, “As part of our contingent home operations we are deploying several of our airborne assets around the US coast, there is no need for the public to be alarmed.”
On 21 May 2017, the Hawaian island of Kahoolawe was struck by a major earthquake, followed by a tsunami. The island's buildings and infastructure were destroyed, leaving building wreckage, and a lack of food and clean drinking water. United States Coast Guard Infinite Flight was immediately called to deliver food, water, medical supplies and medical personnel, as well as evacuate the wounded.
USCG-IF forces launched four C130J and two C208B from their base at PHNL in Honolulu, landing on the rough surfaces of Kahoolawe. "We completed the delivery of food, water and medical rations while also delivering the professionals required on the ground, unfortunately we evacuated too many individuals and, in the confusion, several were asylum seekers.", said CDR Tom Maguire, Training Officer for USCG-IF. These individuals are now inside the US illegally and there is now an ongoing operation to extradite them. It should be noted that damage to airframes was prevalent and the crews should be congratulated in landing and getting airborne again in some of the trickiest conditions USCG has faced thus far.