Adm. Papp delivers second State of the Coast Guard address

Adm. Papp stands before Coast Guard Cutter Stratton as he delivers the 2012 State of the Coast Guard Address. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Adm. Papp stands before Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf as he delivers the 2012 State of the Coast Guard Address. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

UPDATED with additional text from address.

Earlier today, Adm. Bob Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivered his second State of the Coast Guard address at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif. During his speech, Papp described the Coast Guard as, “on track, but navigating uncertain and stormy seas.”

“The Coast Guard’s missions are valuable to the nation as “95% of our foreign trade arrives – or is shipped – by sea. The maritime transportation system accounts for nearly $700 billion of the U.S. gross domestic product and 51 million U.S. jobs. Our Nation’s economy and its security depend upon maritime commerce. And our Coast Guard provides for its safe and secure approaches to our shores,” said Papp.

Describing the Coast Guard’s challenges in a constrained budget environment, Papp said, “The current national deficit demands change. On our current track line, we will likely see the Coast Guard get smaller … But, we have faced tough times like this before and, as any ship Captain can tell you, the most important element to weathering a storm is a great crew.”

Relying on shipmates for an optimistic outlook on the future Papp said, “Too many in our country seem to view these uncertain and stormy seas as reasons for doom and dismay and that our best years just might be behind us. One thing I’m sure of is these people have never met anyone from my crew. As we prepare for and proceed into heavy weather it is your commitment to excellence, your spirit, and your professionalism that will continue to fuel my optimism, eventually the weather will improve.”

Papp also announced the publication of Coast Guard Publication 3-0 defining Coast Guard Operations during his remarks.

If you missed the live stream, you can watch an archived version of the speech or read the full transcript of Admiral Papp’s State of the Coast Guard Address.

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3 Responses

  1. S.B. Foster says:

    The weather was perfect in Alameda with our three newest large cutters making for an equally perfect backdrop. It was all good and in my humble opinion, the best platform for our leader to address the Coast Guard community and our stakeholders with the way ahead for the service’s critical missions.

  2. MK2-Warbington-Vet says:

    The Coast Guard will always be seen as an after thought. There are always budget constraints and issues. Until something bad happens again(heaven forbid), there will never be the funding that will bring the Coast Guard to where they should be and belong.

    Washington and the American people need to realize how important the Coast Guard is and really understand the service they provide. This service is not only to American Citizens, but around the world.

    Semper Paratus,
    MK2 Warbington

  3. Joe Coastie says:

    What I and I think every other coastie wants to know is what is our leadership going to do with our pathetic annual pay increase. All this talk about ballancing the budget and all I see is the budget cuts being placed on the backs of service-members and their families. Now all of a sudden we’re back to doing more with less. I thought that was a thing of the past (per ADM Allen’s own statement).