Picture of the medium endurance cutter Vigilant, homeported in Cape Canaveral, Fla. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: Vigilant – distinguished name, OPC namesake

The Coast Guard commissioned the 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) in 1964, which means it has served this nation nearly 55 years. During those many years, the cutter has performed the missions of maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security, national defense and international engagement. The Coast Guard will soon build the “Heritage”-Class 360-foot Offshore Patrol Cutters with Vigilant as the 10th in the first flight of OPCs and 11th service vessel to bear this name.


Nineteen packages of marijuana float near Naval Station Guantanamo Bay after being jettisoned off a small boat in June 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

PSU 309, Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant team up to interdict illegal drugs

Coast Guard service members from Port Security Unit 309 and Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant often conduct missions very different from each other. Despite having different missions, these units often operate jointly with other Coast Guard assets and with international partners. In early June, members from both units collaborated to interdict illegal drugs approximately one mile from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay’s shoreline.


The Long Blue Line: Vigilant – 10 Coast Guard vessels, 1 name

This blog is part of a series honoring the long blue line of Coast Guard men and women who served before us. Stay tuned as we highlight the customs, traditions, history and heritage of the Coast Guard. William H. Thiesen, […]


The Long Blue Line: Cutter Vigilant and Master John Cahoone

During the War of 1812, Capt. John Cahoone and his crew proved over 200 years ago the value of cutters in a combat role. Cahoone and his men were a few of the many brave cuttermen of the long blue line who have gone in harm’s way to defend the nation in time of war when they captured the British enemy vessel Dart.


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Ringing in the New Year with rhyme: Afloat

On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. The Compass reached out to those standing the mid-watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the ship’s log as we all rung in 2013.


On guard for America: Coast Guard Cutter Diligence

Written by Cmdr. D. Goodwin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence. If you live on our nation’s coasts, it is likely you have seen a Coast Guard helicopter soaring overhead on a training flight. Or maybe you’ve even seen […]


War of 1812: Cutters thwart privateering

To best understand the environment in 1812, it’s worth looking at what was happening in our nation’s brown water ports and harbors as well as on the high seas. It’s been said that the War of 1812 was the second phase of the American Revolution.


2010 Photo Contest

People’s Choice – Photo Contest, Round 4

We are half way through our list of 40 nominations for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest People’s Choice award. Below is the next set of photos taking you behind the scenes and into the daily lives of your Coast […]


Let freedom ring

Ringing in the new year with rhyme: Afloat

The Coast Guard as a service embraces many traditions that binds us together and enriches our heritage. One of these maritime traditions falls but once a year, on New Year’s Eve, and allows watchstanders to show their penchant for prose […]


itCG – 3 saved from sinking ship, major drug bust, 1st female rescue swimmer retires, home for the holidays

Guardians rescued three men from their sinking fishing vessel approximately 60 miles into the Gulf of Mexico yesterday. A helicopter out of Air Station Clearwater, Fla. responding to the vessel’s EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) spotted the handheld flare […]


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