The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active, a 210-foot medium endurance Reliance-class cutter homeported in Port Angeles, Wash., interdicts more than 1 ton of cocaine from four suspected drug smugglers during a counter-narcotics patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, Friday, May 18, 2018. Cutters like Active routinely conduct operations from South America to the Bering Sea to perform defense operations, alien migrant interdiction, domestic fisheries protection, search-and-rescue, counter-narcotics and other Coast Guard missions at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland. U.S. Coast Guard Photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse.

Damage control, not damage repair – keeping an aging cutter active

Petty Officer 1st Class Victor Arcelay, a damage controlman and one of the 75 crew members aboard Active, has the daunting task of keeping the 52-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Active, well — active. The Active is currently operating well beyond its 30-year design service life. The Medium Endurance Cutter class is considered the backbone of the Coast Guard’s fleet; however, engineering challenges have plagued the operations of these vessels in recent years.


Seaman Brandon Gannon manages the cutter boat lowering detail as the only qualified boat deck captain aboard Coast Guard Cutter Active, Oct. 7, 2017. Gannon is the lead seaman aboard and manages about 10 people. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Seaman Brandon Gannon

He’s been in the U.S. Coast Guard for just under two years and already, Seaman Brandon Gannon is leading others on the Washington-based Coast Guard Cutter Active. Gannon is patiently waiting to go to Aviation Maintenance Technician “A” school and while he’s waiting, he’s setting the standard by challenging himself as a leader.


Reporting aboard in the drug zone

Reporting aboard in the drug zone

Transferring to a new unit is stressful. Transferring to a unit currently underway on an international counter narcotics patrol is even more so. Petty Officer 3rd Class Lawrence Flennoy, a machinery technician, recently flew to Mexico and reported aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Active during the cutter’s Joint Interagency Task Force South patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: DC3 Ryan Wenzel

Whether you need something fixed, inspected or its operation explained, Petty Officer 3rd Class Wenzel is your one-stop shop for answers and advice with a friendly smile. “I like helping people and training people,” said Wenzel. “Everybody comes to me when they have a question about the boat.”


Operation Trident Fury

Operation Trident Fury: An exercise with northern neighbors

Everyone enjoys having a friendly neighbor. The biennial Trident Fury exercise, led by the Royal Canadian navy, is designed to build and reinforce a strong working relationship between the maritime forces of the U.S. and Canada. This year, it included live gunnery exercises, maritime surveillance and anti-submarine warfare training. Learn more about this critical strategic partnership!


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. j.g. Jessie Cuttie

As a junior officer taking on a huge responsibility, Cuttie may not have had all the answers at first. But with unwavering determination and the support of her crew, she made sure Active was always ready to answer the call.