international maritime leaders

International maritime leaders

The Coast Guard Academy is uniquely suited to prepare international maritime leaders to address the most complex global challenges of our time; those that require transnational solutions and long-term cooperation between nations, such as polar climate change, protection of ocean resources, terrorism, transnational crime and disaster response and recovery.


Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadets Marshall Grant, Ali Re, Terry Jung and Third Class Cadet Linda Duncan receive information from Brett Seymore, a member of the National Park Service, before diving in the water near the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018.

Tears of the Arizona, a corrosion study

Cadets at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy conduct a long-term corrosion study on the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, that will help to determine when the submerged hull of the sunken ship might collapse and release oil.


Designing the Coast Guard’s role in the Arctic

The Coast Guard’s missions in the Arctic are evolving with the changing landscape. Six teams of Coast Guard Academy cadets have been working on their capstone projects exploring and designing icebreakers capable of operating in both the Arctic and Great Lakes, as well as applying conceptual understanding of the Arctic domain to build foundational relationships between Arctic nations.


U.S. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadets Ainsley Fruhwirth and Zoe Bolling show off their capstone project that works to give mariners a current location of right whales in their area using technology. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lauren Laughlin.

The right whale to save

The Coast Guard’s legacy of environmental protection dates back to the late 1800s with the signing of the Fur Seal Act of 1897, charging the Coast Guard with the vital role of enforcing natural resource laws. Coast Guard Academy First Class Cadets Ainsley Fruhwirth and Zoe Bolling, both marine science majors, have spent the last two years working on saving the right whales as part of their capstone research project.


U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets in formation. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard Academy, home for 85 years

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy has called several places “home,” but it wasn’t until 1932 that the academy settled down permanently in New London, Connecticut. We’re celebrating the 85th anniversary with a short history of the academy – from its humble beginnings, to the Ivy League-caliber school it is today.


Day One: New Coast Guard Academy cadets begin 200-week journey

The Class of 2021 started Day One, the beginning of Swab Summer and the beginning of their 200-week journey to becoming an officer, June 26, 2017. Swab Summer is an intensive seven-week program, that prepares students for military and Academy life. Cadre, second class cadets in-charge of the swabs training, will lead swabs through a series of challenging tasks, events and evolutions.


Coast Guard Academy cadets contend in military skills competition

Coast Guard Academy cadets competed at the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition in April. The Sandhurst competition is a two-day event, which tests a teams overall military skills. The Academy cadets beat 29 out of 38 West Point teams and the U.S. Naval Academy at the competition, along with the Korean, Japanese, Colombian and Thailand teams.


Coast Guard Academy sails to big win

The Coast Guard Academy Women’s Sailing Team recently won the 2016 Sperry Women’s National Championship for the Gerald C. Miller Trophy in dominating fashion, finishing 40 points ahead of Brown University. This is the Bears’ first national title in program history.


U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Paul Zukunft, Commandant of the Coast Guard, talked to the Coast Guard Academy's Corps of Cadets about his guiding principles and how they can help drive the change toward a better Coast Guard, Feb. 29, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Brahm.

The Coast Guard’s culture – Service Above Self

During the annual leadership address at the Coast Guard Academy, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft talked to the Academy’s Corps of Cadets about the current state of the Coast Guard workforce, our close ties to the Department of Homeland Security, and his “view from the bridge.”