Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp pauses at the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn Memorial. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Honor our Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn Shipmates with proficiency

Thirty-four years ago today, the Coast Guard suffered our worst peacetime loss when the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn collided with a tanker, capsized and sank at night in Tampa Bay, Fla. Twenty-three Coast Guardsmen perished in the tragedy. This morning we will observe the manners of our profession by honoring these fallen shipmates at the Blackthorn Memorial in St. Petersburg, Fla.