Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft looks on as Adm. Charles Ray thanks Adm. Chuck Michel for his service as the 30th vice commandant of the Coast Guard during the vice commandant change-of-watch ceremony at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 24, 2018. During the event, Ray (left) became the 31st vice commandant of the Coast Guard. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Kelley.

U.S. Coast Guard welcomes new vice commandant

Adm. Charles W. Ray relieved Adm. Charles D. Michel as vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard by during a military change-of-watch ceremony Thursday, May 24, 2018, at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in D.C. A change-of-command is a time-honored ceremony that signifies the absolute transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one person to another.


Polar Star

Adm. Michel: Icebreakers are a national security imperative

The icebreaker-focused briefing served as an opportunity for the Vice Commandant to highlight two heavy icebreakers – the nation’s entire inventory of this strategic asset. Only one is operational, the Polar Star, and Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea, the other heavy icebreaker, reached the end of its serviceable life in 2010 having suffered casualties to two main engines.


Arctic Encounter Symposium 2016

Arctic Encounter Symposium 2016 – Breaking the ice on the Arctic’s future

As the demand for resources increases, the eco-tourism industry expands and destination-focused and trans-Arctic shipping routes cross waters previously blockaded by sea ice, the Coast Guard must be ready to operate in the Arctic. The Coast Guard men and women serving in the Arctic today aboard platforms like the Coast Guard Cutter Healy, which recently completed a historic trip to the North Pole, do so with the same sense of professional pride and excellence that started with the Coast Guard Cutter Bear 150 years ago.


Vice Admiral cook off

Cooking with the ‘Stars’

Third time was the charm for Vice Adm. Charles Ray, Coast Guard Pacific Area commander, as he and his team narrowly defeated Vice Adm. William “Dean” Lee, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander, in the third annual cooking competition at Training Center Petaluma, California. The training center trains more than 100 food service specialists annually and served as the perfect location to host the cook off.


Enlisted Ancient Albatross Change of Watch

An ‘ancient’ transfer of controls

“This position represents the culmination of my aviation career and I am proud to represent the Coast Guard’s enlisted air crewmembers. I am excited to meet with the Coast Guard’s distinguished current and former aviators and air crewmen to share our Aviation legacy.”


In the zone: A crew’s determination ‘over the horizon’ Part 1

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.


Rear Adm. John Korn passes on traditional flight gear to Vice Adm. Charles Ray during a change of watch ceremony at Air Station New Orleans. Ray relieved Korn as the Coast Guard's 25th Ancient Albatross. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Carrying on an ‘ancient’ tradition

“I knew a helicopter could take you far, but I never imagined it would take me this far.”


Flag Officer cook-off

Senior Coast Guard leaders cook off to raise awareness of service culinarians

As the Coast Guard’s second highest ranking officer, Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard Vice Adm. Peter Neffenger is accustomed to giving commands. However, during an annual culinary showdown at Training Center Petaluma, Calif., roles were reversed as he followed the commands of Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Foley, a Food Service Specialist “A” School instructor, and Seaman Rebeckah Kean, a Food Service Specialist “A” School student.


The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell stands at attention among pallets of seized cocaine during an award ceremony aboard the Boutwell at Naval Base San Diego, Oct. 6, 2014. The Boutwell returned from a 90-day counter drug patrol in which they made six drug interdictions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell.

Coast Guard, Western Hemisphere partners seize $423M in cocaine during multiple drug busts

“Our crew used their unique capabilities and authorities as a military service, law enforcement agency, and member of the U.S. intelligence community to disrupt transnational organized crime networks in the Eastern Pacific and keep drugs from making it to the U.S.,” said Capt. Edward A. Westfall, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell. “These illegal drug networks are dangerous breeding grounds for all types of trafficking and their immense profits fuel violence and instability.”


Beach patrol

Deployment to South Korea: Security patrols

During Combined Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore Exercise, the Wheeler simulated providing fuel for the more than 1,200 personnel involved in the exercise by pumping water through the pipeline to large bladders on shore. These bladders would then be used to fuel military vehicles and equipment in a real-world scenario.


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