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November 3, 2001
Deirdre Newman NEWPORT HARBOR -- As the first patrol boat in the Long Beach-Los Angeles Harbor after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the cutter Narwhal has been an invaluable weapon in the Coast Guard's patrol efforts. And it has seen steady action ever since. On Friday, the Coast Guard finally made the ship official during a commissioning ceremony here. Local officials and Coast Guard members gathered to welcome the newest addition to the coastline patrol force.
NEWS
May 31, 2003
Paul Clinton Lt. James O'Mara stepped into a pair of rather large shoes Friday when he took over command of the Narwhal, the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat based here. O'Mara, during a full-dress military ceremony, took over command of the cutter from Lt. John Kidwell, who leaves after a two-year tour of duty for graduate school at San Diego State. "I'm looking forward to continuing the traditions of the cutter Narwhal," O'Mara said Friday. "John Kidwell is a great guy."
NEWS
September 25, 2002
32, Laguna Niguel ... Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Narwhal ... Led a 10-man crew on a 41-day jaunt from New Orleans to Corona del Mar in Sept. 2001 to bring the Narwhal to its home base ... The 87-foot cutter replaced the Point Stuart ... The Narwhal was the first patrol boat in the Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbor area after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks ... Honored by Rep. Chris Cox at a Nov. 2 commissioning ceremony for the Narwhal ... Was honored with a "John Kidwell Day," on Nov. 2 by his home-state Oklahoma Legislature ... Enlisted in 1991 ... Avidly follows Oklahoma Sooners football and is predicting they will win the national championship ... "If they lose, I don't want to get a bunch of phone calls.
NEWS
September 6, 2001
Paul Clinton Weary, but wiser, the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Narwhal blew into Corona del Mar on Wednesday after a 41-day jaunt through eight countries. The New Orleans-to-Newport Beach trip, which began July 27, was the maiden voyage for the Narwhal. Along the way, the crew members learned their new ship inside and out. "We know how to handle her," said Lt. John Kidwell, the Narwhal's commander. "But it's a day-to-day learning process. It's like a new car. You hear those squeaks, and you need to find out where they're coming from."
NEWS
September 23, 2002
June Casagrande For more than a year, Newport Harbor Nautical Museum directors have been looking forward to a chance to show off the Narwhal, the new U.S. Coast Guard cutter that forms Newport's best line of defense in the water. But a planned visit by the Narwhal to the museum last year was canceled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Since then, she's been busy because of the country's heightened state of alert. The 87-foot cutter's job is to patrol the coast from Ensenada to Morro Bay. Corona del Mar, though, is home base for the ship that was formally commissioned on Nov. 2. And now, for the first time since the ship was commissioned in November, the museum has found and seized a chance to show her off. "We've been wanting to get the Narwhal here all this time," said Marshall Steel of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum.
NEWS
May 8, 2003
Paul Clinton After an almost two-year tour of duty in Corona del Mar, Narwhal commander Lt. John Kidwell will trade his captain's quarters for a classroom. In a May 30 ceremony, Kidwell will step down from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Narwhal in a change-of-command ceremony. Lt. James O'Mara has been named to replace him. Kidwell didn't come to the decision easily, saying he would miss a community he has protected with the Coast Guard cutter.
NEWS
February 18, 2002
Paul Clinton For Executive Officer Chuck Lindsey, the Coast Guard was an easy career choice. Lindsey, the second in command on the cutter Narwhal, grew up with a father who served in the Coast Guard. Even though he lived in Thousands Oaks, the sea was never far. The 29-year-old Lindsey said he has always been drawn to it. "Being on the water was the first thing that drew me to it," Lindsey said about his Coast Guard service. "We're the premier law enforcement agency.
NEWS
December 18, 2001
Paul Clinton As the first vessels in the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade neared the end of the course at the mouth of the harbor, the Narwhal was waiting. The newly commissioned Coast Guard cutter, formally placed into service on Nov. 2, anchored the south end of the parade route. As it neared 8:30 p.m., the first cluster of boats drifted down the harbor's main channel and toward the Narwhal to encircle it as the final turn in the parade.
NEWS
June 10, 2001
Paul Clinton It feels like Christmas for Lt. John Kidwell, a newly appointed U.S. Coast Guard commander who has a big present waiting for him under the tree. Come July 11, Kidwell plans to be standing in a Louisiana shipyard waiting to sign for the new cutter he will sail back to Newport Beach, where it -- and he -- will be stationed. "The ship [will be] fresh out of the wrapper," Kidwell said. A little more than a month after he takes control of the 87-foot boat, valued at $3.5 million, Kidwell and his crew of 10 men will embark on their 35-day trip.
NEWS
May 18, 2003
The U.S. Coast Guard's job has changed since Sept. 11, 2001, and now focuses on securing the coast's harbors. The Coast Guard cutter based at Corona del Mar is the Narwhal, which arrived just days before the terrorist attacks. Lt. John Kidwell commanded the Narwhal then and on a 41-day trip from Louisiana before that. This month, Kidwell's command ends, and he will seek a master's in educational technology from San Diego State University. City Editor James Meier visited Kidwell aboard the Narwhal and discussed the Coast Guard and lieutenant's command and future.
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NEWS
By Joseph Serna | February 26, 2009
As crew members of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal motored out of Newport Harbor with kids from a local school earlier this year, one of the kids pointed to a crew member and said, “I’m going to be your boss one day,” the crewmen remembered with a laugh. In the more than 230 hours the Narwhal crew dedicated to educating children in 2008, crewmen said plenty of funny moments like that occurred. “It’s just like watching Bill Cosby’s, ‘Kid’s Say the Darndest Things,’” said 2nd Class Petty Officer Justin Picket.
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FEATURES
November 19, 2008
Crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Narwhal, and agents from the San Diego Maritime Task Force offload 137 bales of marijuana from a recent case. The crew of the Narwhal spotted a "go-fast" vessel jettisoning bales in international waters off the coast of Baja California, Mexico last night, and they recovered the contraband after the smugglers fled. (U.S. Coast Guard video/PA1 Anastasia M. Devlin)
NEWS
May 31, 2003
Paul Clinton Lt. James O'Mara stepped into a pair of rather large shoes Friday when he took over command of the Narwhal, the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat based here. O'Mara, during a full-dress military ceremony, took over command of the cutter from Lt. John Kidwell, who leaves after a two-year tour of duty for graduate school at San Diego State. "I'm looking forward to continuing the traditions of the cutter Narwhal," O'Mara said Friday. "John Kidwell is a great guy."
NEWS
May 30, 2003
Ahoy. This morning, our local U.S. Coast Guard cutter Narwhal, stationed in Newport Harbor, will have a new commanding officer. Lt. John Kidwell's two-year tour of duty is up, and he will ship off to San Diego to attend graduate school. Kidwell is the first commanding officer of the Narwhal, which was built to replace the aging cutter Point Stuart. Basically, his maiden voyage was from the shipyard in Louisiana through the Panama Canal and up to Newport Harbor.
NEWS
May 18, 2003
The U.S. Coast Guard's job has changed since Sept. 11, 2001, and now focuses on securing the coast's harbors. The Coast Guard cutter based at Corona del Mar is the Narwhal, which arrived just days before the terrorist attacks. Lt. John Kidwell commanded the Narwhal then and on a 41-day trip from Louisiana before that. This month, Kidwell's command ends, and he will seek a master's in educational technology from San Diego State University. City Editor James Meier visited Kidwell aboard the Narwhal and discussed the Coast Guard and lieutenant's command and future.
NEWS
May 8, 2003
Paul Clinton After an almost two-year tour of duty in Corona del Mar, Narwhal commander Lt. John Kidwell will trade his captain's quarters for a classroom. In a May 30 ceremony, Kidwell will step down from the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Narwhal in a change-of-command ceremony. Lt. James O'Mara has been named to replace him. Kidwell didn't come to the decision easily, saying he would miss a community he has protected with the Coast Guard cutter.
NEWS
September 25, 2002
32, Laguna Niguel ... Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard cutter Narwhal ... Led a 10-man crew on a 41-day jaunt from New Orleans to Corona del Mar in Sept. 2001 to bring the Narwhal to its home base ... The 87-foot cutter replaced the Point Stuart ... The Narwhal was the first patrol boat in the Los Angeles-Long Beach Harbor area after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks ... Honored by Rep. Chris Cox at a Nov. 2 commissioning ceremony for the Narwhal ... Was honored with a "John Kidwell Day," on Nov. 2 by his home-state Oklahoma Legislature ... Enlisted in 1991 ... Avidly follows Oklahoma Sooners football and is predicting they will win the national championship ... "If they lose, I don't want to get a bunch of phone calls.
NEWS
September 23, 2002
June Casagrande For more than a year, Newport Harbor Nautical Museum directors have been looking forward to a chance to show off the Narwhal, the new U.S. Coast Guard cutter that forms Newport's best line of defense in the water. But a planned visit by the Narwhal to the museum last year was canceled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Since then, she's been busy because of the country's heightened state of alert. The 87-foot cutter's job is to patrol the coast from Ensenada to Morro Bay. Corona del Mar, though, is home base for the ship that was formally commissioned on Nov. 2. And now, for the first time since the ship was commissioned in November, the museum has found and seized a chance to show her off. "We've been wanting to get the Narwhal here all this time," said Marshall Steel of the Newport Harbor Nautical Museum.
NEWS
February 18, 2002
Paul Clinton For Executive Officer Chuck Lindsey, the Coast Guard was an easy career choice. Lindsey, the second in command on the cutter Narwhal, grew up with a father who served in the Coast Guard. Even though he lived in Thousands Oaks, the sea was never far. The 29-year-old Lindsey said he has always been drawn to it. "Being on the water was the first thing that drew me to it," Lindsey said about his Coast Guard service. "We're the premier law enforcement agency.
NEWS
December 18, 2001
Paul Clinton As the first vessels in the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade neared the end of the course at the mouth of the harbor, the Narwhal was waiting. The newly commissioned Coast Guard cutter, formally placed into service on Nov. 2, anchored the south end of the parade route. As it neared 8:30 p.m., the first cluster of boats drifted down the harbor's main channel and toward the Narwhal to encircle it as the final turn in the parade.
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