North Arabian Gulf - Coast Guardsmen onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Boutwell chat on the flight deck following refueling operations at sunset March 23, 2003.

The Long Blue Line: PATFORSWA – largest Coast Guard unit outside the US

Naval operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom began with the U.S. Navy in the summer of 2002. The Navy drew on its plans for combat operations in Iraq, and in September 2002, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command requested U.S. Coast Guard support for combat operations.


In 2009, members of LEDET 409 detained suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden as part of Combined Task Force 151. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: LEDETs – 35 years of law enforcement missions

Since 1982, LEDETs have evolved from a counterdrug unit under local Coast Guard command, to one of the service’s modern Deployable Specialized Forces with a global area of responsibility. Over the course of their history, the LEDETs’ role has expanded to carry out a variety of maritime interdiction missions, including counter-piracy, military combat operations, alien migration interdiction, military force protection, counter terrorism, homeland security, and humanitarian response. The LEDETs and their law enforcement mission form one more link in the long blue line.


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.


PATFORSWA: Guardians of the Arabian Gulf

Today, the Coast Guard is the nation’s oldest continuously serving sea-going service and conducts 11 different missions. One of those missions is Defense Readiness. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia is at the forefront of the Defense Readiness mission. Today, PATFORSWA’s mission is to train, organize, equip, support and deploy mission-ready Coast Guard Forces in support of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and national security objectives.


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Past to Present: Protecting our shores from undocumented migrants, drugs, and terrorism

This blog continues our Coast Guard History Month theme “A unique instrument of National Security” by discussing the Coast Guard’s law enforcement responsibilities of alien migrant interdiction operations, counter-drug operations, and counter-terrorism operations. The United States Coast Guard is the nation’s leading maritime law enforcement agency and has broad, multi-faceted jurisdictional authority. Read the full post to learn more about the long history of the Coast Guard’s law enforcement role to include enforcing tariffs, suppressing piracy, freeing slaves, intercepting contraband and enforcing immigration laws.


Coast Guard History 2016: How the Coast Guard became a military service

As the Coast Guard celebrates 226 years of proudly serving America on Aug. 4, we will highlight our long history of ensuring national security throughout the entire month of August. This blog is part one of our history series which will be featured every Monday in August. Join the celebration on social media by using hashtags: #HappyBdayUSCG, #CheersUSCG and #CGhistory.


The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard operations during the Persian Gulf War

Units and personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have served with distinction in every major American conflict since the founding of the United States. The Persian Gulf War proved no exception to this rule.


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LEDETs leading the way in counter-drug operations

Written by Lt. Andrew Williams. “Disabling fire authorized,” crackles over the Coast Guard precision marksman’s headset. Descending out of the night aboard a Navy H-60 Seahawk helicopter, he can see the large bales of cocaine, filling the boat as he […]


Closing out 2011 with a drug bust

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson, Deployable Operations Group. On the night of Dec. 2, 2011, two black over the horizon boats pulled away from the large gray shadow of the USS Oak Hill, underway near the coast […]


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World Maritime Day: Orchestrating the response to piracy

Today is World Maritime Day 2011, a day in which we recognize the maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy. While there are many challenges and successes to take note of, there is one particular issue generating a worldwide rallying […]


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