Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Paul Zukunft, recognizes Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Baasch from Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf in Alameda, Calif., Sept. 16, 2014, for his role in two separate counter narcotics off the coast of Colombia. The crew of Cutter Bertholf recently returned from a 140-day patrol off the coast of South America. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: GM2 Matthew Baasch

Sometimes a person gets a weird feeling in the pit of their stomach because there is more to a situation than meets the eye. This feeling is commonly referred to as a person’s “sixth sense.” Coast Guard boarding officers are trained to follow that “sixth sense” while they’re conducting counter narcotics operations in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean Basin. That’s exactly what happened to Petty Officer Matthew Baasch and a boarding team from the Cutter Bertholf when they climbed aboard the fishing vessel Goliat I off the coast of Colombia on June 28.


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A safe, secure North Pacific

North Pacific nations are gathering this week to discuss the North Pacific Ocean, the body of water they all border that encompasses 21 percent of the world’s ocean area. The safety and economic security of these nations depends considerably upon the secure use of the ocean; for the large expanse of the North Pacific, this means strong relationships between nations with overlapping sovereignty, economic, security, emergency response and law enforcement concerns in the region. These relationships are bolstered each year through the North Pacific Coast Guard Forum.


Seaman Apprentice Andres Rodriguez, a crew member aboard Coast Guard Cutter Joshua Appleby, conducts hull maintenance on the Appleby in St. Petersburg, Fla., Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014. The Appleby is a 175-foot buoy tender home-ported in St. Petersburg. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Meredith Manning

Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014: Tuesday

Tuesdays week in the life of the Coast Guard 2014 features the work of Aids to Navagation team members, we honor a fallen shipmate in Long Beach, California, inventory of a new boat in Florida, ID card making in Honolulu and good ol’ hull maintenance on the Cutter Appleby


Charlene James Benoit, great-great niece of Capt. Joshua James, smashes a bottle across the bow of the Ingalls-built National Security Cutter James (WMSL 754). Supporting her are (left to right) Capt. Andrew Tiongson, the ship’s prospective commanding officer; Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger, vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard; and Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias. Photo by Lance Davis

Honoring a legacy of life-saving

“Joshua James exhibited a commitment to excellence that permeates the Coast Guard to this day,” said Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger. “He embodied the Coast Guard’s core values of honor, respect and devotion to duty and the guiding principles articulated in our new Commandant’s Direction long before we ever wrote them down.”


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Coast Guard fast response cutters make history

Coast Guard cutters Charles Sexton and Paul Clark are two of the service’s new fast response cutters. Capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots and armed with one stabilized remotely operated 25-mm chain gun and four crew-served .50-caliber machine guns, their crews deliver superior law enforcement capabilities. It was this capability that led to a historic drug interdiction.


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Shipmate of the Week – ME3 Emily Swanson

In the fourth largest container port in the United States and the second busiest port on the East Coast, Marine Safety Unit Savannah maintains high expectations for the personnel stationed in the Coastal Empire. Petty officers of all ranks are asked to assume responsibilities that may exceed their previous experience and unit personnel are highly motivated to rapidly gain qualifications to be prepared to respond to the myriad of activities occurring in this busy port. From visits from the Vice President of the United States to a fiery explosion at a rubber warehouse at the port authority, MSU stands ready to respond.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp prepares to testify on drug interdiction operations on Captiol Hill April 29, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Adm. Papp testifies on drug interdiction efforts

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testified before a joint U.S. House of Representatives hearing yesterday with the Committee on House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Marine Transportation and the Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere.


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A force to be reckoned with

The MSRT falls under the Coast Guard’s DSF as part of the service’s Maritime Trident of forces, along with maritime safety and security teams, tactical law enforcement teams, port security units and regional strike teams. The MSRT can be deployed as a sole response or in coordination with other DSFs, shore and maritime-based forces: including Coast Guard stations, cutters and aircraft.


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Seized: $110 million worth of cocaine

Families and friends welcomed home Coast Guard Cutter Legare this weekend, just in time for Easter. Before pulling into homeport, however, they made a stop in Miami to offload $110 million worth of cocaine from two separate interdictions.


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Boston’s first responders remember marathon bombings

A year ago today the Coast Guard led an unprecedented maritime response to the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon, one of the most significant terrorism incidents since 9/11. During the response, the Coast Guard joined federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure safety and security on the waterways.


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