In the world of emergency response, one can accurately infer that strong working relationships among all involved parties are crucial to mission success. The Coast Guard, being one of the nation’s top emergency response organizations, works with local agencies throughout the country every day in search and rescue operations, law enforcement cases and even environmental protection missions to ensure the preservation of lives, protection of property and national security, and the conservation of ecosystems and endangered species.
In the labyrinth and confluence of ladders, corridors and gangways aboard the 540-foot T. S. Kennedy, the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s cadet training ship, it was a “hellish” close quarters combat training for 15 members from four maritime safety and security teams from Boston, New York, New Orleans and Galveston, Texas. Training multiple law enforcement teams simultaneously is a rare and precious opportunity, so this particular event means a lot to the trainees and to unit commanders.
New York-based Coast Guard units are no strangers when it comes to assisting with large-scale events in the area but for the first time in history, area crews put in a team effort alongside local New York and New Jersey authorities to safeguard a Super Bowl event. Having provided security for the United Nations General Assembly, Macy’s Fourth of July Firework display, Fleet Week and the NYC Marathon in previous years, the opportunity for the Coast Guard’s assets to assist with Super Bowl XLVIII was also a success.
International trade is a powerful engine of our nation’s global economic growth and the Coast Guard remains committed to ensuring the global maritime industry is safer and more secure. Established in 2003, the Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program is a major entity in reducing risks to U.S. ports and ships and to the entire maritime transportation system.
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. We’ve selected the top 10 most compelling cases performed by the Coast Guard from 2013 and now you have a chance to vote for your favorite in our annual Video of the Year competition.
After months of training, the crew of Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach, N.C., finished qualifying on their 45-foot Response Boat – Medium, the 126th of 170 response boats being delivered to the service. The 45-foot Response Boat – Medium replaces the 41-foot Utility Boat, which has been the Coast Guard’s workhorse of the fleet for more than 25 years.
Commandant of the Coast Guard Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp recently visited the Kingdom of Bahrain for an annual visit to Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and to meet with key maritime partners.
Today, in the South Atlantic, maintaining international law is a collaborative effort involving a maritime presence from 15 countries. These 15 countries contribute to the multinational detection, monitoring and interdiction operation working together to deny transnational criminal organizations the ability to exploit transshipment routes for the movement of narcotics, precursor chemicals, bulk cash and weapons along Central American shipping routes.
As a member of Maritime Safety and Security Team Seattle, Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Ball has seen his fare share of challenging missions. But one recent exercise had Ball far outside of his comfort zone during the Mangudai Warrior Challenge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
In 2009 the U.S secretary of Homeland Security and the Canadian minister of public safety signed the framework agreement on maritime law enforcement operations between Canada and the United States, which allows the Coast Guard and the RCMP to work side-by-side enforcing laws in U.S. and Canadian waters. These operations represent a truly cooperative approach to combating cross-border crime on the shared waterways of Canada and the United States.