The crew of Coast Guard Cutter James pose for a group photo after a drug bust in the Eastern Pacific. U.S Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Cutter James

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James is the recipient of the Capt. Hopley Yeaton Outstanding Cutter Award for their unbreakable resilience in not only breathing life into the steel of the ship, but by building James into one of the Coast Guard’s greatest assets in counter-narcotic operations. In only two patrols, James and its crew interdicted 22 drug smuggling vessels, seized 16,815 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of $560 million, and apprehended 70 suspected narcotics traffickers.


Coast Guard Cutter James enters the fleet

“Joshua James began his life-saving career at 15 and saved more than 600 lives,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “What better namesake for a ship and crew that will serve our Nation with pride for the next half century saving lives, stopping smugglers, maintaining safety and security in the Arctic and wherever national objectives may require.”


Crew aboard the new National Security Cutter: Coast Guard Cutter James

A cutter straight out of the shipyard always has kinks to work out, but each challenge is embraced by the crew as a new opportunity to build unit cohesion and bring the cutter closer to efficient operational service. It’s not just about getting the job done, it’s about doing the job well. Shared motivation, enthusiasm, and attention to detail, ensure the cutter will be ready for operational service for the crew of Coast Guard Cutter James.


I am Joshua James

With the introduction of the newest Coast Guard National Security Cutter, the Joshua James, we set out to find out what impact Capt. Joshua James has had on the modern-day Coast Guard. Here are a few Coast Guardsmen who serve today and bear his name, whether intentionally or by coincidence.


Who was Joshua James?

Who was Joshua James?

Legendary lifesaver Capt. Joshua James has come to represent the very embodiment of courage. And yet, it was a quality that James rarely spoke of. Today, the Point Allerton Lifesaving Station, the Hull Lifesaving Museum, and now Coast Guard Cutter James will stand as monument to the man whose quiet courage saved so many lives.