ADM Papp updates from the Gulf of Mexico

Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard, updates the media on the Coast Guard's role in the Deepwater Horizon Response. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard, updates the media on the Coast Guard’s role in the Deepwater Horizon Response. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Yesterday, Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard, spent the first of what will be three days touring Coast Guard operations in support of the Deepwater Horizon Response. It was a busy day of fly-overs, meeting with Coasties and talking to the media. The task before us is immense but the dedication of our Coast Guardsmen to completing the mission is inspiring. We’ll keep you all updated as the trip progresses. In the meantime, I’m pleased to bring you the following update from Admiral Papp.

Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard, addresses Coast Guardsmen at the Incident Command Post in Mobile, Ala., on their role in the Deepwater Horizon response. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Shipmates,

I write to you on my way to Louisiana after spending yesterday in Mobile, Alabama with some of our many hard working Coast Guard men and women involved in the Deepwater Horizon response. I started the day at the Mobile Incident Command Post (ICP) where approximately twelve-hundred personnel – including many Coast Guard active duty, reserve and auxiliary members are engaged in an all-hands-on-deck effort to meet the many challenges posed by this response. I was thoroughly impressed with their hard work and dedication, and in particular, with our many reserve shipmates who readily answered the call to duty.

Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard, on an overflight of the Gulf of Mexico surveying Deepwater Horizon Response operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Admiral Robert Papp, Commandant of the Coast Guard, on an overflight of the Gulf of Mexico surveying Deepwater Horizon Response operations. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

I also had the opportunity to over-fly areas of the Gulf of Mexico within the ICP Mobile area of responsibility, courtesy of our shipmates at Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama. I observed the extensive booming operations along the Alabama coast and its barrier islands, and the hard work of our shipmates aboard the CGC ELM, OAK, CYPRESS, and JOSHUA APPLEBEE as they conducted offshore oil skimming operations. I also had the privilege to experience the capabilities of our new HC-144 CASA in action, as it lowered its back ramp in-flight, to provide a birds-eye view of the response operations.

In the days ahead, we must continue to lean hard into this unprecedented response. Every Coast Guardsmen must exert their utmost to combat this spill at the source, on the sea and, as a last resort, when it impacts the coastline. I’m also counting on all our Areas, Districts and Sectors to maintain a taut watch for activities in all our mission areas. Our citizens – especially those who reside along the Gulf coast are counting on us. We will not let them down.

Semper Paratus,

Admiral Bob Papp

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  • Michelle

    I think Admiral Papp will be a great leader and commandant. You are doing a great jobAdmiral Papp, Admiral Allen, and all service men and women in combating this oil spill. Great job! Semper Paratus!

  • Joseph A. Conner

    Hello, just want to thank you for your service Admiral Papp; I’m Coast Guard Retired it’s been 21 years now and I recently had the opportunity to assist the Coast Guard in the DeepWater Horizon Oil Spill,through the Coast Guard Auxiliary for 20 days in Mobile at ICP. I enjoyed my stay there lots of good memories came back, saw some older faces,how the NSF has changed. I was looking forward to meeting you at CGSTA DAUPHIN ISL but your visit changed, maybe next time, thanks again.

    Joseph A. Conner, USCG RET.

  • Sherry

    This was a terrible tradgedy. We are forever gratefull for the good work of the Coast Guard in the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill cleanup. Thanks from all of us in LA and the gulf coast! If anyone is still looking to raise money for the people of the gulf coast there are some great ideas over at – A few of us raised over $1000 last month.

  • http://www.orlandotaxattorney911.com Ronald Cutler

    As a frequent vacationer along the Gulf of Mexico in North Florida, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks for the great work that the Coast Guard has performed in saving our beaches. Although some damage has been done, especially in the estuary regions, I shudder to think of how bad it would have been without Admiral Bob Papp and his team of dedicated men and women. All of us in Florida thank you.

  • http://www.abcfundraising.com Jenny Silver

    I’d like to send out a heartfelt thanks to Admiral Bob Papp for his incredible work in the Gulf Coast disaster. Being raised in Texas we spend many summers in Corpus and i fear that many people will not be able to share those same experiences if these kinds of trajic events keep unfolding. Once again. Thanks Admiral Papp!

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlotta.wortzelius Charlotta Wortzelius

    Well, maybe I’m a little bit late commenting on this but I have really been wondering how you are doing at the coast after the BP accident and I’m glad I found this post. I have relatives living by the coast of the Gulf of Mexico (Galveston) and I have visited them there several times (I’m from Sweden). The accident really made me sad and I hope that you are doing well with the “cleaning”. The fact that you write: “Our citizens – especially those who reside along the Gulf coast are counting on us. We will not let them down”. give me hope. Keep up the good work guys!Charlotta Wortzelius

  • http://fitnessblackbook.com Rusty Moore

    I am from the Seattle area, but I’m taking my girlfriend and her 16 year old daughter to Siesta Keys Florida. I saw it on the Discovery channel as one of the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world. Does anyone know about how the oil spill affected this area? I know some time has passed, but obviously I’m curious.

  • LTJG S. M. Young

    Rusty Moore,

    Thanks for visiting Compass. Restore the Gulf has a list of travel resources broken down by state with general information on Gulf tourism as well as links to information on beach and coastal conditions.

    You can get to the website by clicking below:

    Very Respectfully,
    LTJG S. M. Young
    Coast Guard Public Affairs

  • http://www.pierredukandiet.com Nicky Says

    My family and I are so grateful for the service of Admiral Bob Papp and the diligent men and women of the Deepwater Horizon response team. After such a horrible tragedy, it is encouraging to know that these capable teams are continuing to respond and combat the impacts of the spill. Many thanks!

  • D. Paul Mitchell

    Although I live in Canada, I am blown away by the commitment and tenacity of the US Coast Guard in taking care of US citizens and interests. You guys (and gals) are amazing. We dont have the same kind of service up here in the great white north, and I wish we did. Good work and we are all cheering for you!

  • Jeffrey Rainey N. Cristi

    The U.S Coast Guard is very dedicated and admirable with their efforts to protect our coastlines, thanks you men and women of the Coast Guard.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you Nicky. My admiration goes out to all the men and women involved in halting this disaster and all who are continuing their work to rehabilitate the area. Unfortunately, this is no longer the “story of the day” so we hear very little about what is going on these days, many months later. Lindsay Lohan dropping her last name is apparently far more important. :(Anyone have a good link for info on the current daily activities in the Gulf region?Bobby Tan

  • Mary Pua

    “I observed the extensive booming operations along the Alabama coast and its barrier islands, and the hard work of our shipmates aboard the CGC ELM, OAK, CYPRESS, and JOSHUA APPLEBEE as they conducted offshore oil skimming operations.”Apart from professional coast guards that applied good thinking and strategies to resolve the oil spill, having sophisticated and fully equipped water vessels such as those mentioned above definitely helped resolve this issue that could have gone worse had it occurred in a nation that lacks the required facilities.Mary Pua<a

  • http://twitter.com/GothamLimousine Gotham Limousine

    Code words for a never ending battle: “to maintain a taut watch for activities” . With natural and man-made disasters happening with greater frequency your work is never done. Thank you for your vigilance.

  • Kim

    With the leadership of Admiral Bob Papp, the U.S. Coast Guard will have a strong foundation in terms of responding to coastline problems or missions such as calamities, heavy rains or security.

  • Anonymous

    I am so glad I found this site! I have been wanting to say thank you for your accomplishments in your response to the Deep Water Horizon disaster.

    From what I saw in the media, the Coast Guard was the most consistently effective entity responding to. That’s not to say there were not many groups of people that came together and made a positive impact on the situation. But the Coast Guard was by far the largest organization to approach the situation effectively and without undue bureaucracy.

    And to Admiral Bob Papp, I believe it was evident to the nation that your leadership skills are well honed. We thank you for all you and the the men and women of the Coast Guard have done and continue to do. Not only in relation to this disaster but by protecting our coastline borders from any and all threats.

    Larry Long

  • http://profiles.google.com/molstedsupport Martin Mölsted

    From what I’ve seen in the Media the Coast Guard did a fantastic job with regards to the Deep Water Horizon catastrophy. The only good thing one can say about this terrible incident is that it has imposed some very strict new regulations on the oil industry all over the world in regards to safety , security, control systems for security valves etc. I’m glad I found this site.

  • http://www.dogtrainingavenue.com Joe Linden

    “From what I saw in the media, the Coast Guard was the most consistently effective entity responding to. That’s not to say there were not many groups of people that came together and made a positive impact on the situation. But the Coast Guard was by far the largest organization to approach the situation effectively and without undue bureaucracy.”

    Larry, I agree. The Coast Guard is a cut above the rest. And though I definitely think that all members deserve praise from coming together so well, I have to say that Admiral Bob Papp is the driving force. Without a leader like him in place, the response would not have been so efficient.

  • Lanie Dills

    With more and more disasters occurring in our coastal water ways, I wonder if there are plans to expand the Coast Guard so that they can continue to meet the increasing demands for quick response in times of emergency?

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/hakukonemarkkinointi hakukonemarkkinointi

    I want to thank Admiral Papp for his leadership and effort in combating offshore oil spills along the Gulf cost. U.S. Coast Guard is an inspiration to the global community in its response to these kind of challenges.

  • George McBarnes

    I appreciate the hard work from you guys – you are the true heroes and lifesavers in the world today. We all benefit from you.

  • MariaEBrown1

    Does HC-144A Ocean Sentry really safe for our beloved coast guards or is it still in an experimental stage? I hope it doesn’t because lives are at stake here.

  • MariaEBrown1

    These line really struck me most on this article “citizens – especially those who reside along the Gulf coast are counting on us” – these are one of the primary reason for our coast guards should bear in mind, I actually cried after reading it.

  • http://www.tampaduilawyers.com Musca Law

    As a life long resident of Tampa Florida, I like many of my friends and neighbors were extremely concerned that the BP oil would come into Tampa Bay. Tampa Bay in a large and vital breeding ground for many forms of sea life in the Gulf. Thanks to the hard work of the The Coast Guard and others, fortunately that did not happen. Hats off to the men and women of the Coast Guard!

  • Greg Fleischaker

    I have heard from several of my Gulf Coast friends, who can’t stop telling me what a wonderful job the Coast Guard has done/is doing in such a difficult environment, that if the whole clean up job had been in the hands of the Coast Guard instead of private industry, we would all have been better off.

    Thanks for all that you do,

    Greg Fleischaker
    Louisville SEO Consultant

  • Chaser Cruz

    I admire those men and women who do their best to solve problems of oil spill. It is indeed a tough job and I salute their leader for giving the members the courage to do their job efficiently.