Coast Guard marks the end of a record year in counterdrug operations

The U.S. Coast Guard marked the end of a record year in counterdrug operations as the crew of Cutter Waesche from Alameda, California, offloaded more than 39,000 pounds of cocaine in San Diego, Oct. 27, 2016. The Coast Guard’s counternarcotics operations are part of a U.S. government effort to dismantle transnational organized crime networks from increasing violence and instability in the Western Hemisphere.


Unity of Effort

In the Zone: Unity of Effort

Stepping aboard an unfamiliar ship for the first time can be overwhelming. But, a ship is a ship, and sailors are sailors, used to quickly adapting regardless of the vessel. On January 20, 2015, three khaki-clad Mexican Naval officers came on board the 418-foot Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, arguably the most advanced and mission capable cutter in the fleet, and were quickly made to feel at home.


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Service to shipmates

Coast Guard men and women have debated for centuries about what makes a successful voyage. While the debate continues, one aviator, Petty Officer 1st Class Eric Muro, holds the answer: build relationships, help out where needed and keep a positive outlook.


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RIMPAC 2014: Aligning maritime forces

During the Rim of the Pacific Exercise 2014, Coast Guard Cutter Waesche’s crewmembers worked hand-in-hand with Australia, Brunei, China, France, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and the U.S. Navy in a multitude of exercises ranging from maritime interdiction, search and rescue and counter-piracy to tactical maneuvering, fueling and replenishments at sea, and a live-fire gunnery exercise.


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Honoring BM3 Travis “OB” Obendorf

Dark rain clouds broke away to clear blue skies Thursday afternoon as mourners quickly filled the available 750 chairs. The Coast Guard Base Alameda crew quickly added rows of seats as the crowd grew and time drew near for the memorial service to pay tribute to Petty Officer 3rd Class Travis Obendorf. His family, shipmates from across the country, high ranking officials both civilian and military, and representatives of law enforcement agencies from Alameda, Oakland and as far away as Alaska all assembled to celebrate the life that was cut short Dec. 18, 2013. Obendorf died in a Seattle hospital from injuries he sustained on Nov. 11, 2013, while serving aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche during a search and rescue case near Amak Island, Alaska.


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Adm. Papp testifies at Senate Appropriations hearing

Written by Cmdr. Rick Wester. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testified before the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Homeland Security Subcommittee, yesterday on the Coast Guard’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The Commandant led his opening statement with a strong statement reaffirming […]


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Got questions? These operations specialists have answers.

We asked our Facebook fans if they could ask an operations specialist anything, what would it be? And with more than 200 questions asked, it was clear you were all eager to hear more about the men and women who make up the operations specialist rate. We picked the top five most “liked” questions and asked two operations specialists to help answer them: Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Young and Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Daves.


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Adm. Papp discusses cutter topics at Surface Navy Association’s Symposium

Addressing a crowd, including both Coast Guard cuttermen and Navy surface warfare officers, the Commandant described how maritime countries have shown an increasing emphasis on a “maritime governance” approach using law enforcement authorities in contrast to the traditional Mahanian “control of the sea” approach to ensure safety, security and prosperity.


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Building the national security cutter: Keel laying

A keel is the very foundation of a ship. Running from bow to stern, a ship’s keel historically served as the core for the rest of the ship’s structure, providing a source of strength for the superstructure above. Today, the U.S. Coast Guard’s fourth national security cutter, named for Alexander Hamilton, symbolically received that source of strength.


On patrol with Waesche: Boardings & shark fins

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche – the second of eight planned national security cutters – had a successful inaugural patrol, and after an in-port period is back at it again. Waesche’s crew is currently on an Asia-Pacific patrol and is once […]


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