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ICYMI, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offloaded 7.1 tons of cocaine in San Diego today. That represents more than $190 million in cocaine that will be destroyed rather than finding its way on our streets.
CGC Bertholf conducts joint SAREX with Korean coast guard
Pacific Area Commander witnesses Coast Guard Deployable Specialized Forces training at Special Mission Training Center
The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf recently pulled into Sasebo, Japan, following a deployment in the East China Sea where the crew assisted in United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) enforcement against illicit ship-to-ship transfers that violate North Korea sanctions. Bertholf’s patrol is a part of the United States’ ongoing contribution to international efforts in combatting North Korea’s maritime sanctions evasion activity. Ship-to-ship transfers of fuel and goods, like coal, going to and from North Korea are prohibited under UNSCRs. The U.S. Coast Guard has an enduring role in the Indo-Pacific, going back over 150 years. The service’s ongoing deployment of resources to the region directly supports U.S. foreign policy and national security objectives in the Indo-Pacific Strategy and the National Security Strategy. “The United States is a Pacific nation,” said Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area, who oversees the cutter. “We have deep and long-standing ties with our partners in the region, and more importantly, we share a strong commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, governed by a rules-based international system that promotes peace, security, prosperity and sovereignty of all nations.” “The U.S. Coast Guard is proud to operate with our Pacific counterparts,” said Fagan. “Together we are dedicated to enhancing our capabilities and strengthening maritime governance and security while promoting individual sovereignty.” U.S. Indo-Pacific Command 📸 by PAC John Masson Read the full story here: #NationalDefense #NationalSecurity #Americasmaritime1stresponder #HonorRespectDevotiontoDuty #HRDtD #Readiness #ReadyRelevantResponsive #Missionreadyworkforce #MissionExcellence #Vigilant #Partnerships #Interoperability #UnityofEffort
Tune in tomorrow to watch Admiral Karl Schultz's State of the Coast Guard Address. The #SOTCG is the Commandant’s annual speech highlighting the accomplishments of our service over the past year and outlining the his vision for a Ready, Relevant, and Responsive Coast Guard over the next year. To view Admiral Karl Schultz's #CoastGuard2019 address go to or watch it on the U.S. Coast Guard's Facebook page. The address will be simulcast at 10 am PDT/1 pm EST.
Doggone it! We had trouble posting yesterday but we didn’t want to forget recognizing #nationalK9veteransday to our furry four-legged shipmates and their handlers who work together to keep us safe! * * * Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Jordan Brosowski and his canine partner Ricky, assigned to Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105 based in Alameda, Calif., demonstrate some of the protective equipment worn by canines when conducting vertical deliveries from helicopters. * * * Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Cory Sumner and his canine partner Feco, assigned to the Maritime Safety and Security Team 91105 based in Alameda, Calif., prepare to conduct a vertical delivery and hoisting exercise with an Air Station San Francisco aircrew aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. Sumner and Feco train to operate wherever they are needed and can be air lifted by helicopter and hoisted down to a boat deck. * * * Canine explosive detection teams are part of the MSRT and MSST and perform explosive detection operations in and around our nation’s ports and aboard vessels. The canine explosive detection teams, capable of operating in a wide range of environments, secure key maritime infrastructure in cities across America and work alongside local law enforcement agencies in security sweeps for large-scale events. * * * The canines, just like their handlers, must be prepared for every situation they will encounter in their mission and train in a variety of scenarios. * * * #k9 #workingdog #uscg #handler #militarydog
What‘s the scenery like on your morning commute? * * * These great shots were taken as Active, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter, departed its homeport of Port Angeles, Wash., earlier this year and was heading out to sea for a deployment. * * * Active recently completed their deployment patrolling the waters off the coast of California and international waters off of Central America. * * * #Counterdrug #DrugTrafficking #Narcotics #Cocaine #Interdictions #Transnationalcriminalorganizations #TOC #Lawenforcment #Active #WMEC #618 #uscg
The Nation's only heavy icebreaker, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, returned home yesterday morning following their 105-day Antarctic deployment. The Polar Star crew departed Seattle on Nov. 27 for their sixth deployment in as many years to Antarctica supporting Operation Deep Freeze. They traveled 11,200-nautical-miles to reach the frigid continent. Commissioned in 1976, the cutter is operating beyond its expected 30-year service life and is showing her age. From flooding to fires, the crew overcame several challenges to successfully complete their mission. The U.S. Coast Guard has been the sole provider of the nation’s polar icebreaking capability since 1965, and is seeking to increase its ice breaking fleet with six new polar icebreakers in order to ensure continued national presence and access to the Polar Regions. In the fiscal year 2019 budget, Congress appropriated $655 million to begin construction of a new polar security cutter this year, with another $20 million was appropriated for long-lead-time materials to build a second. In response to the demands of the region, the service is set to release an updated version of its Arctic Strategy, which Admiral Karl Schultz, the commandant of the Coast Guard, is scheduled to discuss March 21 during his annual State of the Coast Guard Address. “The Coast Guard greatly appreciates the strong support from both the Administration and Congress for funding the polar security cutter program,” said Schultz. “These new cutters are absolutely vital to achieving our national strategic objectives in the Polar Regions – presence equals influence, and we must be present to meet the Nation’s national security and economic needs there in the future.” Read more about the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Northwest Polar Star’s mission and their return home here:
BM1 Jason McNally & BM2 Michael Gould were recognized Friday as the U.S. Coast Guard D11/PACAREA Enlisted Person of the Year and the Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year, respectively, during a ceremony on U.S. Coast Guard Base Alameda. * * * BM1 McNally is stationed at U.S. Coast Guard Station Bodega Bay. BM2 Gould is member of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve assigned to U.S. Coast Guard PSU 311 in Los Angeles - and currently deployed with PSU 311 to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Joint Task Force-Guantanamo Bay * * * Their character and work ethics are the epitome of our #USCG Core Values of Honor Respect & Devotion to Duty. * * * “What an honor and privilege it is to receive this recognition,” said Gould. “In my current role as a second class petty officer I have an opportunity to positively influence, support and mentor members of my unit as well as make positive contributions to other organizations such as the Joint Force Agencies we partner with.” “In addition, through my volunteer efforts I am able to impress upon the family/dependent community within the DOD a positive impression of the Coast Guard and PSU 311.” “I see myself as an extension of leadership- an extension of the officers and chiefs visions and direction for the unit. For each commander and for each mission I have served, I have carried a copy of the commanders intent, vision and or mission statement in my left breast uniform pocket. By doing this it allows me to have a constant reminder why we do what we do and to ensure I continually align my actions and contributions with the commands vision and values.” “Along the way, I am able to positively influence others and mentor those that may need a little encouragement. Within any community of work/life situations we need to be there for one another, lend a helping hand not a ‘hand out’ but and ‘hand up’ to those that can use a champion/supporter to give their time and or resources in order to realize their individual and collective goals.” “As grow as a leader within the Coast Guard I will strive to inspire our members, continue to encourage the heart, and provide mentoring at all levels,” added Gould. * * * BZ shipmates! Read more here: #EPOY #REPOY #HRDtD #USCG #BZ #commitment #servicebeforeself #excellence #recognition #award U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest 📸 by PA1 Matt Masaschi
The newest U.S. Coast Guard cutter, the Robert Ward, is scheduled to be commissioned this morning at 9:30 in San Francisco. The Robert Ward is the second of four Fast Response Cutters to be homeported at Base Los Angeles-Long Beach. While these ships will be based in Southern California, they will operate throughout the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest, which includes all of California and international waters off of Mexico and Central America. "We are thrilled to welcome the Robert Ward and her crew to the Bay Area," said Capt. Tony Ceraolo, the Coast Guard Sector San Francisco commander and San Francisco Captain of the Port. "This new cutter brings a wealth of capabilities to the California coast, including search and rescue, law enforcement and drug interdiction. We're looking forward to commissioning the cutter right here in San Francisco next week." FRC’s are 154-foot multi-mission ships designed to conduct: drug and migrant interdictions; ports, waterways and coastal security operations; fisheries and environmental protection patrols; national defense missions; and search and rescue. Each cutter is designed for a crew of 24, has a range of 2,500 miles and is equipped for patrols up to five days. The FRCs are part of the Coast Guard’s overall fleet modernization initiative. See below post for a livestream link to see all of today’s commissioning festivities!
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