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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Written by Lt. James McLay, Deployable Operations Group Piracy has been the scourge of the world’s oceans and waterways ever since man took to sea. Defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as any “…illegal acts […]
The New Year marks the beginning of a new career path for some Guardians. As Coast Guard commands across the nation ceremoniously induct members into the new Maritime Enforcement Specialist (ME) rate, these Guardians are not only making Coast Guard […]