Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, April 21, 2010. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors April 21. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon's 126 person crew. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: local enforcer to global responder—nearly 230 years of Coast Guard evolution!

In 1790, Alexander Hamilton established a small fleet of coastal law enforcement vessels to patrol off East Coast seaports. Over the next 228 years, the service experienced rapid growth in its geographic area of responsibility, mandated missions, and organization through mergers with other maritime services, reorganizations, and transfers from one federal agency to another. These frequent changes demanded remarkable flexibility and resourcefulness of the Coast Guard. The service has lived-up to its motto Semper Paratus by adapting and evolving to meet the nation’s changing needs emerging as a global responder known and respected at home and abroad.


Coast Guard Cutter Waesche joins the fleet

The Coast Guard commissioned the second National Security Cutter, CGC Waesche, last Friday in Alameda. Named after Coast Guard legend Admiral Russell Waesche, who served as Commandant of the Coast Guard from 1936 to 1945, the newest cutter in the […]


Waesche welcomed to new home

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche was welcomed to its new home at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., Sunday.  Mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters all eagerly awaited for their Coast Guardsmen as they steamed into port aboard the newest […]


Guardian of the Week – LT Jacob Katz

Today is the 69th anniversary of the Coast Guard Reserves so it is an honor to recognize Lieutenant Jacob Katz for his outstanding contributions to the Coast Guard and the Reserve Program. Last week, LT Katz was awarded the Coast […]