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.


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: William Ham, Cutter Jefferson and the War of 1812

With the U.S. declaring war against Great Britain in 1812, Revenue Service cutters, the forerunner of the Coast Guard, set sail to assist with war efforts. As they would in future American conflicts, the revenue cutters went in harm’s way and participated in some of the first encounters of the war.


The Long Blue Line: The heroic actions of James “Hutch” Scott (Part 2)

Today we continue the story of James Scott’s heroic actions during the Spanish-American War.


The Long Blue Line: The heroic actions of James “Hutch” Scott (Part 1)

With so many superhero movies to choose from it may be difficult to remember real-life heroes aren’t bullet-proof, can’t travel at the speed of light and don’t wear capes. There are hundreds of untold stories of these real-life heroes who often put their own lives in jeopardy to save the lives of complete strangers. James Hutchinson Scott was one of these heroes who lived to serve others.


The Long Blue Line: Cutter Miami, Abraham Lincoln and the destruction of CSS Virginia

In the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln directed troops and assets, including U.S. Revenue Cutter Miami to the outskirts of Norfolk, Virginia, where the CSS Virginia was destroyed and the mayor and city council surrendered the city breaking the stalemate between Union and Confederate forces in southeastern Virginia. Lincoln’s time as a cutterman makes him an honorary member of The Long Blue Line.


In early 1879, Soong signed on to the revenue cutter Albert Gallatin in Boston and served on board for over a year. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Long Blue Line: Chiaio-shung Soong – Cutterman and powerful Chinese patriarch

Chiaio-shung Soong (a.k.a. Charles Jones Soong) is the most famous individual of Chinese ancestry to serve in the United States Coast Guard. However, his fame is little known in the U.S. compared to his celebrity in the Far East. Soong led an extraordinary life and, as a young teen, he began a journey that would lead him from his home in China around the globe to the United States, where he became a Coast Guardsman. In the span of just a few years, he would return to his homeland to become one of the most influential men in late 19th-century China.


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The Long Blue Line: Hemingway’s historic rescues in the Pacific Northwest

Henry George Hemingway served one of the most interesting and distinguished careers of any officer of his era. Hemingway witnessed some of the service’s earliest organizational changes, including the 1915 consolidation of his own U.S. Revenue Cutter Service with the U.S. Life Saving Service to form the modern United States Coast Guard.


Coast Guard Heroes: Capt. Michael Healy

Capt. Mike Healy served as one of the sole government representatives in the remote waters of Alaska, introducing missions that the Coast Guard would adopt for future generations.


Painting of Capt. John Ashcroft Henriques and a photo of the sailing cutter Salmon Chase. U.S. Coast Guard images.

The Long Blue Line: Capt. John A. Henriques

Capt. John Henriques is best known for behing the first superintendent of the Revenue Cutter Service School of Instruction and forerunner of the modern Coast Guard Academy. Read more to learn more about this cutterman and his importance to the Service and its officer corps.


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