A team of shooters from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage aim at targets during The Adjutant General's Marksmanship Match on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 9, 2017. Team Sector Anchorage received the Alaska National Guard Adjutant General's Marksmanship Proficiency Award. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A higher caliber of skill

This year the Alaska National hosted 11 four-person teams and a few individual shooters for The Adjutant General Match, an annual marksmanship competition, held on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, Sept. 8-10, 2017. The Coast Guard brought a four-man team composed of members from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage.


From left to right, multipurpose offshore patrol vessel ICGV Thor (Iceland), frigate HDMS Vaedderen (Denmark, medium river icebreaker CCGS Pierre Radisson (Canada), medium endurance U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, and offshore patrol vessel NOCGV Andenes (Norway) sail in formation during exercise "Arctic Guardian 2017." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Frank Iannazzo-Simmons.

Historic exercise tests search and rescue capabilities in the Arctic

The Arctic Coast Guard Forum consisting of members from Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States coordinated an exercise to test search and rescue capabilities in the Arctic. The “Arctic Guardian 2017” exercises took place in Reykjavik, Iceland, testing cooperation, coordination, and communication across partner nations’ rescue coordination centers.


U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Dan Abel, director of operations Southern Command, describes Coast Guard small boat operations to Venture Scouts at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, W.V., July 22, 2017. More than 75 Coast Guard members helped scouts learn about the Coast Guard and its missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Benjamin Strong.

National Scout Jamboree 2017

The National Scout Jamboree served as the perfect opportunity to share the Coast Guard’s 11 different missions and safe boating techniques to scouts, visitors and staff from around the nation. Alongside members from the Department of Defense, the Coast Guard tested the mettle of some enthusiastic Boy Scouts, helping them earn the Coast Guard patch.


Crew members from Coast Guard Station Golden Gate brace themselves in their 47-foot motor life boat during heavy surf training off the coast of San Francisco. Surf Station Operations require a high level of head protection due to factors like the possibility of moderate impact force, extreme wave/surf heights and minimal warning time. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Barry Lane.

Research, Development, Testing and Evaluation: Boat crew helmets

Helmets are worn by boat crew members to provide head protection during hazardous conditions in various environments. The Coast Guard Research and Development Center has been evaluating personal protective helmets. The center’s extensive research will benefit 16,000 Coast Guard boat crew members throughout the active duty, reserve and auxiliary ranks.


Hurricane Harvey rumor control

There are a lot of rumors floating around the internet in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Unfortunately, there are also many scams out there trying to take advantage of people’s good will during this massive flood event. FEMA has put together a rumor control website to fact check many of the rumors and keep the public informed of what’s true, what’s false and how to tell the difference.


A small boat crew returns from the SEMAR Independencia with Mexican Navy sailors aboard for a partnership meeting on the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless in the Gulf of Mexico, Mar 11, 2017. The visit's intent was to have a friendly exchanging of ideas and best practices for the shared responsibility of maritime security between the Coast Guard and Mexican Navy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams

Coast Guard Boats

Since the modern-day United States Coast Guard was founded in 1790, Coast Guardsmen have continually been called upon by the nation to exercise their skill in boat handling and coastal navigation – both in peacetime and war. This blog covers the wide range of small boat assets available to the service and how they support the Coast Guard missions.


Between the Lines: Seamanship and the art of storytelling

Just as Coast Guard history is inconceivable without knots, seamanship is inconceivable without storytelling. In a world of constant innovation, the ancient practice of oral and interactive instruction preserves the human aspect of Coast Guard tradition. For the crew of Station Bodega Bay, storytelling is about more than salty sailors sharing sea stories. It’s about giving context to theory and keeping the Coast Guard legacy of lifesaving alive.


Hurricanes, again? Yes, it’s that time of year.

Hurricane preparation isn’t a new subject; in fact the Coast Guard has been harping about it for centuries. It’s not something to scoff at or dismiss; they aren’t spectacles to challenge. Sometimes hurricanes pass through with little to no damage, and then there are those that create extremely hazardous conditions, chaos, destruction and or death. Help us help you by being prepared before the unexpected happens.


Coast Guard Academy cadets contend in military skills competition

Coast Guard Academy cadets competed at the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition in April. The Sandhurst competition is a two-day event, which tests a teams overall military skills. The Academy cadets beat 29 out of 38 West Point teams and the U.S. Naval Academy at the competition, along with the Korean, Japanese, Colombian and Thailand teams.


Operation Patriot Sands: U.S. Air Force and Coast Guard joint airlift exercise

Mobility is a critical aspect for every military organization. For the Coast Guard, effective mobility is the capability to surge people, boats and equipment on short notice to an area of need. In cases of natural disasters or other catastrophic incidents the surge of assets must be accomplished quickly in order to save lives and property. The Coast Guard participated in the Air Force’s 2017 Operation Patriot Sands. Operation Patriot Sands is an annual joint, interagency exercise that allows units to practice cooperative transport of vital equipment using Air Force planes.


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