Sea History 170 - Spring 2020

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companies to operate the ships, and put guns and Navy personnel on board. Today the US Maritime Administration, under the Department of Transportation, handles programs that administer and finance the US merchant marine. This includes the United States Maritime Service, which helps to train officers and crew on merchant ships. The United States merchant marine is made up of American civilian mariners and a fleet of US civilian and federally owned merchant vessels. The commercial fleet includes privately owned, oceangoing, and self-propelled vessels of 1,000 gross register tons and above that carry cargo from port to port, as well as passenger ships. The federal fleet includes Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships and the National Defense Reserve Fleet. The

South Portland shipyard, Maine, 1942. Military Sealift Command, an arm of the Navy, serves the Department of Defense as the ocean carrier of materiel during peacetime and war, transporting equipment, fuel, ammunition, and other goods essential to United States armed forces worldwide. The American merchant marine is vital to the Armed Forces and helps keep our economy moving. port of los angeles

The National Maritime Historical Society Distinguished Service Award is presented to individuals and organizations, who, through their effort and creativity, have made outstanding contributions to our maritime heritage.

Coast Guard Aviation Association

Curtiss SOC-4 “Seagull” The SOC was designed for use by the US Navy as a scout aircraft for battleships and cruisers, capable of catapult operation and landing at sea. The Coast Guard acquired the final three produced by Curtiss in 1938. 12


The Ancient Order of the Pterodactyl, known formally as the Coast Guard Aviation Association, will receive the National Coast Guard Museum Association’s Alexander Hamilton Award on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the first Coast Guard Air Station at Morehead City, NC. Captain Michael D. Emerson, USCG (Ret.), president of the Coast Guard Aviation Association, will accept the award. ADM James M. Loy, USCG (Ret.), 21st Commandant of the Coast Guard, will make the presentation. “Flying Since the World Was Flat,” the Coast Guard Aviation Association is dedicated to the preservation of Coast Guard aviation history from its earliest period to the present day. Founded in 1977, the organization focuses on the recognition of individuals and aircrews who distinguish themselves in the performance of operational missions and critical support. In times of urgent need, the Coast Guard Aviation Association supports families affected by losses on flight operations. Its membership comprises


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