225 Years of Service to Nation

225 years of Service to Nation: Aids to navigation

The technology has changed over the years but not the mission: to safeguard the Nation’s waterways and the ships, craft and personnel that ply those waters, maintaining the nation’s economy by supporting, guiding and protecting the most efficient form of transport we have – our Nation’s waterborne commercial vessels.

Buoy operations

The ice is coming! The ice is coming!

Like many places around the country, the cold season has arrived on the Great Lakes. Operational seasonality is an ongoing reality for all who call the region home, and Great Lakes crews are all preparing for the ice to come. Just as the summer months bring a busy schedule due to increased search and rescue and law enforcement cases, the winter brings a hectic schedule full of ice maintenance operations including search and rescue, ice-breaking and aids-to-navigation.


Got questions? This buoy tender sailor has answers.

We asked our Facebook fans if they could ask a buoy tender sailor anything, what would it be? And with more than 300 questions asked, it was clear you were all eager to hear more about the men and women […]

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Have hook. Will travel. Call us.

Hurricane Irene may have happened in the summer of 2011, but the storm’s impact continues to affect maritime communities; the hurricane’s winds destroyed more than 500 aids to navigation in the mid-Atlantic region alone. With the aids playing a critical […]

Top 10 Videos 2011

2011 Video of the Year: Day 3

Our third video finalist features the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, home ported in Everett, Wash., working the decks on a mission to maintain aids to navigation in the Puget Sound area.

Earth Day 2010 – Reducing our environmental footprint

As the world celebrates the 40th Earth Day, we decided to take a look at a few of the ways the Coast Guard is working to be a greener organization. In March 2007, Admiral Allen released The Commandant’s Environmental Stewardship […]

itCG – Guardians in the community, collision and oil spill off Houston, Operation Fall Retrieve, rescue at sea, understanding Auxiliarists

Post written by Christopher Lagan. Volunteers from Coast Guard Station Georgetown, S.C. volunteer their time to help Habitat for Humanity. (Coast Guard photo.) Click on the photo to read the story. Guardians are currently responding to and investigating the cause […]

itCG-Naval exercises, boater found, fisherman search, Dominican repatriation, buoy removal

Semper Paratus is the guiding principle behind a joint exercise featuring Coast Guard, Navy and Canadian forces along the Washington Coast and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The exercise is aimed at strengthening relationships and preparedness between U.S. […]

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Back in mid-July, the Compass posted about the 2009 Buoy Tender Roundup and the Buoy Tender Olympic games. The cutter teams competed in the olympics last week with CGC Oak from Charleston, South Carolina, taking first place. To see some […]

itCG-illegal charters beware, smuggler chase, 2009 Buoy Tender Roundup

Coast Guard rescued two people from a sinking boat off the coast of Jacksonville with the help of Good Sams yesterday early morning. The men radioed in a mayday distress call and were rescued uninjured the boat. Sea Tow is […]