Photo of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Joseph Napier welcomed back to the fleet as newest Coast Guard cutter

More than 130 years ago, a member of the U.S. Life Saving Service named Joseph Napier served as the keeper of the Saint Joseph Life Saving Station. Unbeknownst to him, his legacy would live on far beyond his years of service on the Great Lakes and would continue on more than a century later in waters much different. Today, Joseph Napier was welcomed back to the Coast Guard fleet in a different way – as the Coast Guard’s newest fast response cutter.

100 years of Coast Guard aviation

Coast Guard aviation: Into the storm for 100 years

Each and every day, Coast Guard aviation crews around the Nation take part in nearly every Coast Guard mission. From assisting with the establishment of crucial aids to navigation to conducting medical evacuations of mariners at sea to transporting endangered sea animals from coast to coast, Coast Guard aviation has a footprint on everything the Coast Guard does. But how did aviation become a part of the Coast Guard?

Setting buoys and examples

Setting buoys and examples

As Craig acquires qualifications above his pay grade, he is entrusted with more responsibility from his supervisors while he waits for his opportunity to attend Marine Science Technician “A” school. With his positive and proactive attitude toward hard work, Craig’s future in the Coast Guard is bright.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Doug Stockholm, Gary and Kevin McDonald

The men knew they had saved two lives that day, what they were unaware of is that due to their actions, they would join the ranks of a very small group of recipients for a very prestigious award.

Video of the Year 2015

What was the top Coast Guard video of 2015?

We’ve tallied up your votes for the Coast Guard’s 2015 Video of the Year and have the results for the top three videos. From an unexpected sea life rescue to a man reunited with his Coast Guard rescuers, your favorite videos showcased the commitment Coast Guard men and women display on each and every mission, each and every day. And now for the winners…

New Year's Eve

2016: Ringing in the New Year with rhyme

On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. Coast Guard Compass reached out to those standing the watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the ship’s log as we all rung in 2016.

2015 Videos of the Year

2015 Videos of the Year: Burning boat survivor meets rescuers

When a man’s sailboat caught fire 69 miles from Hudson, Florida, a Coast Guard helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater, Florida, rescued him and his dog, Evi. The man discusses his actions and his gratefulness to the crew for having his back in the final video of this year’s top 10 competition.

2015 Videos of the Year: A friend to all

2015 Videos of the Year: A friend to all

Maritime operations are the Coast Guard’s bread and butter but taking care of shipmates, families and fellow veterans remains a high priority throughout the service. In the seventh video of this year’s top 10 competition, Petty Officer 2nd Class Steve Woitt discusses his role in an organization dedicated to helping injured military veterans recover through the use of sports.

2015 Videos of the Year

2015 Videos of the Year: Air Station Elizabeth City highlights

We’ve reached the halfway point in our 2015 Video of the Year competition! The fifth video highlights the crews and missions of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City. If this is your favorite, be sure to cast your vote!

Video of the Year 2015

It’s back…2015 Video of the Year!

Drug busts. Environmental responses. Security patrols. Lives saved. These daily operations, like many performed by the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard, largely go unseen by members of the public … until now.

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