The Coast Guard’s leadership role in Western Hemisphere security and prosperity is critical in the fight against transnational organized crime networks active in the Western Hemisphere as continually strained national security resources are stretched across the globe.
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Stratton interdicts 8.4 tons of uncut cocaine after hunting a drug smuggling semi-submersible in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, July 18, 2015. Waiting. Watching. Always Ready.
Cocaine seizures prevent drugs from reaching America’s streets, but they also deliver a blow to the wallet and influence of transnational organized crime groups. Without the Coast Guard and its partners, hundreds of millions of dollars would flow past U.S. borders and fuel these crime-terror-insurgency organizations.
The Coast Guard continues to celebrate the legacy of its formative services and the heroism of those who served. Our missions may have changed over the years, but one thing has remained constant: the selfless service of each and every person that takes the oath to protect their country as part of the U.S. Coast Guard.
“This is part of the Coast Guard’s embrace of cyberspace as an operating domain,” said Rear Adm. Marshall Lytle, assistant commandant for C4IT and commander of Coast Guard Cyber Command. “We’re starting with a small team at Coast Guard Cyber Command performing computer network defense functions that provide initial protect, detect and respond missions to cyber incidents. We need to continue to build capacity and capability, and form a team of Coast Guardsmen based on cyber skills to perform specialized tasks to detect and defend against attackers and support DOD’s defend the nation mission.”
For 225 years, the Coast Guard has served as the nation’s lead Federal maritime law enforcement agency, protecting our shores each and every day. The Coast Guard also serves as one of the nation’s five armed forces, assisting in the defense of our nation during times of war.
Each and every day, the Coast Guard combats the illicit drug trade in a six-million square mile area, including the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific. In addition to deterrence, Coast Guard drug interdiction accounts for nearly 52% of all U.S. government seizures of cocaine each year.
Everyone enjoys having a friendly neighbor. The biennial Trident Fury exercise, led by the Royal Canadian navy, is designed to build and reinforce a strong working relationship between the maritime forces of the U.S. and Canada. This year, it included live gunnery exercises, maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare training. Learn more about this critical strategic partnership!
The Coast Guard began its mission of migrant interdiction on the high-seas in 1794, when the Congress of the United States declared that no American citizen may carry slaves from the U.S. to another nation or between foreign nations. The Coast Guard, through its predecessor the Revenue Cutter Service, was charged with enforcing this law.
The genesis of the Coast Guard’s ports, waterways and coastal security, or PWCS, mission dates back to 1888 when its predecessor agency, the Revenue Cutter Service, was tasked with the movement and anchorage of vessels in New York.