Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Tuesday

Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight.

Coast Guard Compass set out to change that. From July 30 to August 5, Coast Guard men and women captured a week in the life of the Coast Guard to highlight the missions we perform on a daily basis. From a port security unit on a morning patrol off the coast of Kuwait to flight operations off the coast of Seattle, you’ll get a glimpse of just how much the Coast Guard does as we feature a day-by-day snapshot.

Below are a few shots from the day, but you can check out all the pictures from Tuesday at Facebook or Flickr. Stay with us throughout the week as we continue to share a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard.

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Beluga, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Virginia Beach, Va., loads an ammo can during a gunnery exercise in the Atlantic Ocean at the Dam Neck firing range off Virginia Beach, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Crewmembers must shoot every six months in order to maintain their weapons competency. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

A crewmember aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Beluga, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Virginia Beach, Va., loads an ammo can during a gunnery exercise in the Atlantic Ocean at the Dam Neck firing range off Virginia Beach, Tuesday, July 31, 2012. Crewmembers must shoot every six months in order to maintain their weapons competency. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.

Boat crewmen with Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles - Long Beach conduct tactical boat maneuvers during an exercise, July 31, 2012.  The exercise was designed to test the unit's ability to protect a ship docked at a pier as well as underway. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

Boat crewmen with Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles – Long Beach conduct tactical boat maneuvers during an exercise, July 31, 2012. The exercise was designed to test the unit’s ability to protect a ship docked at a pier as well as underway. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

Coast Guard Academy 4th class cadets work together to plug and patch a shipboard-flooding simulator during damage control training aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle underway to Newport, R.I., Tuesday, July 31, 2012. More than 90 cadets reported aboard the Eagle in Portland, Maine, for their swab summer training cruise to learn skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

Coast Guard Academy 4th class cadets work together to plug and patch a shipboard-flooding simulator during damage control training aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle underway to Newport, R.I., Tuesday, July 31, 2012. More than 90 cadets reported aboard the Eagle in Portland, Maine, for their swab summer training cruise to learn skills of navigation, damage control, watchstanding, engineering and deck seamanship. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Erik Swanson.

The coast of Barrow, Alaska, just beyond the Coast Guard Sycamore during a Spilled Oil Recovery System exercise July 31, 2012. The SORS equipment is a vital asset to the Coast Guard's marine environmental protection mission and includes booms to sweep oil into a skimmer. U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

The coast of Barrow, Alaska, just beyond the Coast Guard Sycamore during a spilled oil recovery system exercise July 31, 2012. The SORS equipment is a vital asset to the Coast Guard’s marine environmental protection mission and includes booms to sweep oil into a skimmer. U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

Chief Petty Officer Alphanso Vialva, a gunner's mate and firearms instructor assigned to Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, oversees the practical pistol course at the Atlantic County Firearm Training Facilitiy in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., July 31, 2012. Crewmembers from numerous Sector Delaware Bay units took part in the day at the range. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.

Chief Petty Officer Alphanso Vialva, a gunner’s mate and firearms instructor assigned to Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, oversees the practical pistol course at the Atlantic County Firearm Training Facilitiy in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., July 31, 2012. Crewmembers from numerous Sector Delaware Bay units took part in the day at the range. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.

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