Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and six submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) 2014 Exercise from June 26 to August 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea-lanes and security on the world’s oceans.
Waesche’s participation in RIMPAC 2014 will highlight the Coast Guard’s unique capabilities and partnerships with Department of Defense entities and international partners along the Pacific Rim. It will also serve as a unique, large-scale training opportunity that will provide realistic training in support of a wide range of Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, maritime interdiction, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief and national defense missions.
Aboard the Barque Eagle, life is not easy for anyone – crew or cadet. Life aboard makes you tired, wet, hot (or cold) and often very sweaty. For Coast Guard Academy Cadet 1st Class Austin Fullmer, this summer has also been one of the greatest learning experiences of his life.
Balikatan, Tagalog for “Shoulder to Shoulder”, is an annual U.S.-Filipino bilateral military exercise that includes joint field training as well as humanitarian and civic assistance events. Balikatan, held annually for 30 years, aims to improve the capacity of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and strengthen Filipino-U.S. interoperability. With the recent affirmation of the “ironclad” alliance between the United States and the Philippines, U.S. Coast Guard training officers, led by Lt. Andrea Rice, recently completed a training mission alongside their Philippine Navy counterparts in Balikatan 2014.
The island of Antigua was abuzz with activity during a typically slow off-season. For six days beginning in early June, more than 100 members from the U.S. military, Royal Canadian Navy and military units from 11 Caribbean nations commuted daily across the island to conduct maritime training during the first phase of Tradewinds 2014. Tradewinds is a joint and combined exercise designed to enhance the military and law enforcement capabilities of Caribbean partner nations in maritime security and disaster response training.
Large-scale drift net fishing on the high seas is not only illegal, it also poses a significant threat to our oceans’ ecosystems. Together with international partners, Coast Guard cutters routinely participate in efforts to detect and deter these activities. One such cutter is Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau, who recently transferred custody of the fishing vessel Yin Yuan, a 191-foot fishing vessel seized 625 miles east of Tokyo, Japan for large-scale high seas drift net fishing to the China Coast Guard vessel 2102.
Seventy years ago today 160,000 allied troops put their lives on the line in defense of freedom. Collectively they have been recognized for decades as The Greatest Generation. Today we bring you the stories of four members who would accept “nothing less than full victory.”
When the Allied Forces landed on Normandy Beach, the U.S. Coast Guard took part in the greatest amphibious operation the world had ever seen. On June 6, 1944, the Coast Guard joined the other U.S. military branches and Allied Forces in the operation code-named Overlord. As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we bring you five facts you may not know about the Coast Guard at Normandy.
As many graduating cadets are gearing up to disperse into the fleet as newly-commissioned ensigns, Cadet 1st Class Jessica Lukasik will embark on a unique journey after commencement. The Fulbright program awards highly-competitive, merit-based grants to top-performing students, enabling them to study and conduct research internationally. Receiving this grant speaks to Lukasik’s character and intellect and reflects well on the academy which has fostered her academic development.
Coast Guard cutters Assateague and Sequoia recently returned to Apra Harbor, Guam, after each cutter completed patrols as part of Operation Rai Balang, a regional fisheries operation between the United States, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Palau and Republic of Marshall Islands. The cutters combined transited more than 7,500 nautical miles over 40 days at sea through the Commonwealth of Northern Marianas Island’s exclusive economic zone and surrounding high seas.