Protecting America: Seizure of 16 tons of cocaine worth estimated $420 million

Each and every day, the Coast Guard combats the illicit drug trade in a six-million square mile area, including the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific. Cocaine seizures prevent drugs from reaching America’s streets, while delivering a blow to the wallet and influence of transnational organized crime groups. Without the Coast Guard and its partners, hundreds of millions of dollars would flow past U.S. borders and fuel these crime-terror-insurgency organizations.


Protecting America: A day in the life of an ME “A” school student

Maritime Enforcement Specialist “A” school is a challenging and rigorous course of instruction provided at the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. This demanding nine-week course teaches Coast Guard active and reserve personnel how to execute the Coast Guard’s unique law enforcement mission in a safe, legal and professional manner. Each year the staff at MLEA trains and graduates more than 150 students who receive orders to 450 units across the Coast Guard.

What does a day in the life of an ME student look like?


Protecting America: Coast Guard counter-drug aircrews record 500th drug bust

The Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) marked its 500th drug interdiction when a deployed crew stopped a drug-laden go-fast vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2017.


Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2017 – Thursday

The over 56,000 members of the Coast Guard operate a multi-mission, interoperable fleet of 243 Cutters, 201 fixed and rotary-wing aircraft, and over 1,600 boats. On Thursdays during the month of February, our members not only carried out operations, but also conducted critical maintenance and other support services like providing crews nutritious meals. Check out these “Week in the Life” images!


Protecting America: Supporting anywhere, deploying everywhere

Maritime Safety and Security Team Kings Bay, Georgia, is one of six Coast Guard Atlantic Area MSSTs. To describe the MSSTs’ operating area, a globe would be an appropriate reference, as MSSTs spend a significant amount of time on the road, with operations spanning an area of responsibility not limited by traditional geographic boundaries. MSSTs are highly trained and professional personnel who provide adaptable and scalable capabilities in support of missions worldwide.


Protecting America: Port Security Unit 305 departs for 9-month deployment

Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 recently departed Norfolk, Virginia, for a regularly scheduled, nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Throughout their deployment, PSU 305 will maintain a continuous maritime antiterrorism-force protection presence in the Naval Defensive Sea Area of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, directly supporting the commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Naval reservation and adjoining waters, creating a layered defensive posture.


Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Thursday

On Thursday’s Week in the Life series, Air Station Los Angeles crews conduct cliff rescue training in Rancho Palos Verde, Calif., boarding team member evaluations in Alexandria Bay, N.Y., advanced culinary training at Fort Lee, Va., an active shooter exercise in Boston and advancement ceremonies at Air Station Detroit.


U.S.-Canada Shiprider patrol on Detroit River

Shiprider program proves key to successful law enforcement on Great Lakes

“This is a great success for the Shiprider program, and it comes on the heels of an operation last month in which U.S. and Canadian law enforcement exercised the very same cross-border interdiction capabilities and authorities as used for this case,” said Capt. Scott Lemasters, commander of Coast Guard Sector Detroit. “We couldn’t be more pleased with the result.”


Marshall Islands

Strengthening partnerships through international training

Strengthening partnerships with foreign nations and enhancing their maritime defense capabilities are two key roles that the Coast Guard’s International Mobile Training Branch serves each and every day. Recently, Coast Guardsmen completed an eight-week deployment, in which they delivered law enforcement training to 51 people spanning three nations: the Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.


In the Zone: Coast Guard Counter Drug 101

The name “Coast Guard” can be a little deceiving. Many people don’t realize Coast Guardsmen are deployed around the world conducting a variety of military, law enforcement, regulatory and humanitarian missions. One of its most significant expeditionary missions is counter narcotics in the Western Hemisphere; more specifically, stopping drug smugglers in the “drug transit zones” of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin.


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