Pacific Maritime Magazine Online for May 5, 2017

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Inter-Service Cooperation 
By Chris Philips, Managing Editor  
Earlier this year, when President Trump announced the addition of $54 billion in added Defense Department spending for the Navy, Air Force, Army and Marine Corps, the US Coast Guard was notable in its absence. Meanwhile, many, including Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft and Alaska Senator Dan Sullivan, were rightfully concerned that cuts in the Department of Homeland Security would strip the Coast Guard of much needed operating capital.
In late March, however, the Homeland Security Department confirmed that the White House’s budget amendment for fiscal 2017 and budget blueprint for fiscal 2018 would sustain current funding levels for the Coast Guard, allowing for the continuation of day-to-day operations, acquisitions, construction and improvements…

 Friday, May 5, 2017
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Bill Introduced to Expand Maritime Training at Two-Year Colleges

By Mark Edward Nero
Two US assemblymen have introduced bipartisan legislation designed to advance the capabilities of two-year community and technical colleges to assist the federal government and industry in securing the talent pipeline for domestic maritime industry jobs…(Read full article)


Disney Vessel Becomes First Cruise Ship through New Panama Canal Locks

By Mark Edward Nero
Last weekend marked a milestone for the cruise industry when theDisney Wonder, transited the Panama Canal as the first passenger vessel to go through the canal’s new set of locks…(Read full article)


New Port of Seattle Police Chief Named

By Mark Edward Nero

Port of Seattle announced on May 3, the hiring of Rod Covey as its new Chief of Police . Covey acted as interim chief since the retirement of Chief Colleen Wilson in November… 
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USCG to Base Two New Cutters in Oregon

By Mark Edward Nero

The US Coast Guard will homeport two of the service’s new Sentinel-Class 154-foot Fast Response Cutters (FRC) in Astoria, Oregon, starting in 2021, the USCG announced April 28… 
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