On patrol with Waesche: Firepower

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 […]

First Lady welcomes Coast Guard's newest cutter

First Lady welcomes newest cutter

Perhaps there is no better way to close out Women’s History Month than by welcoming the Coast Guard’s newest cutter – a cutter honoring the legacy of Capt. Dorothy Stratton. Earning the title “Coast Guard Cutter,” today marked the beginning of the […]

Your Coast Guard in 2011 – Pacific Area

Coast Guard Pacific Area is responsible for 74 million square miles of ocean, ranging from South America, north to the Arctic Circle and west to the Far East. With such an expansive area, crews must remain ever-vigilant for the full gamut of Coast Guard missions.


$25 million drug seizure on inaugural deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, the service’s second national security cutter, just returned from its inaugural deployment. And what a successful deployment it was. Throughout the three-month patrol in the Pacific Ocean, the cutter and crew demonstrated the national security cutter’s […]

Stratton sails away

UPDATE: Photo captions were corrected to give credit to Carol (Rene’) Shaw rather than Huntington Ingalls Industries. Written by Brian Olexy, Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate The third of eight planned national security cutters, Stratton, bid farewell to the Huntington Ingalls […]

Coast Guard cutter to be named for Joshua James

Last week, the Coast Guard announced that the fifth of eight planned national security cutters would be built and named in honor of service legend Joshua James – credited with saving more than 600 souls along the New England coastline […]


Coast Guard takes possession of Stratton

This morning, the Coast Guard took another important step in recapitalizing America’s cutter fleet. Stratton, the third of eight planned national security cutters, was handed over to Capt. Charles Cashin in an “in-commission special” ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. He and […]

Building the national security cutter: 100 tons of steel

You see them everyday on America’s waterways. They have been spotted responding to humanitarian disasters across the world. And, they support the Department of Defense in times of conflict. We are, of course, talking about the Coast Guard cutter fleet. […]

Adm. Bob Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivers an All Hands address on the flight deck of CGC Waesche. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Recapitalizing and building capacity: The National Security Cutters

Update: Paragraph six corrected to reflect that Adm. Papp rode in a “short range prosecutor” boat instead of a “long range interceptor.” National Security Cutters can deploy either boat from the stern launch. Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of […]

Surface swimmer

Surface Tension: The cutter surface swimmer

Story and photos by Seaman Adam Stanton When you think of a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, the first thought that comes to mind is of a Coastie jumping out of a helicopter to pull someone to safety. But the Coast […]

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