Maritime Security and Response Team members deployed in a special rigid-hull inflatable patrol boat. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: MSSTs and MSRTs—forged in the crucible of 9/11

With the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the War on Terror set in motion dramatic changes to the Coast Guard. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, U.S. ports, waterways, and coastlines were protected primarily by Coast Guard boat stations and cutters. Immediately following September 11, Coast Guard resources were reallocated to fill the additional maritime security functions required in a post-9/11 environment. A variety of new units, like the MSSTs and MSRTs, emerged as part of the Coast Guard’s greatest organizational transformation since World War II.


Off-duty Coast Guardsman aids Navy pilot after crash

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson, Deployable Operations Group. An off-duty Coast Guard member and Virginia Beach native provided first aid to a downed F/A-18D Hornet pilot after his plane crashed near Virginia Beach, Friday. Petty Officer 2nd […]


Sirius

Every dog has its day

The multi-mission Maritime Security Response Team and Maritime Safety and Security Teams of the U.S. Coast Guard provide port safety, security and law enforcement capabilities to America’s ports. Partnerships are important in achieving their mission, and one of these partnerships […]


ME2 Noah Watson

Reflections on Katrina – MK1 Young and ME2 Watson

Yesterday, the nation marked the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in New Orleans. For the people of the Gulf, the men and women of the Coast Guard and the millions tracking the storm, landfall was only the beginning of […]


itCG-Maritime Security Response Team, Rescue 21 in action, four rescued from bees

DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano visited the CGC Frank Drew in Portsmouth, Virginia yesterday to discuss maritime security and watch the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) demonstrate their counterterrorism and advanced interdiction capabilities. The MSRT was established in 2004 […]