Week in the life of the Coast Guard 2015: Monday

For the past 225 years 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.

Until now.

From Sept. 28, 2015, through Oct. 4, 2015, we captured a week in the life of the service to highlight the missions performed by America’s Coast Guard. From standing watch or training on the water to supporting our frontline operations, over the week we will highlight the day-to-day lives of Coast Guard men and women throughout the country and overseas.

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Shelton Johnson speaks into his headset, communicating ongoing waterway operations to a mariner requesting navigation assistance from Sector Houston-Galveston Vessel Traffic System watchstander's room, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Vessel Traffic Services are used across the Coast Guard as a way of communicating between the various mariners the flow of vessels in and out of U.S. ports and waterways. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer A. Nease)

Petty Officer 2nd Class Shelton Johnson speaks into his headset, communicating ongoing waterway operations to a mariner requesting navigation assistance from Sector Houston-Galveston Vessel Traffic System watchstander’s room, Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Vessel Traffic Services are used across the Coast Guard as a way of communicating between the various mariners the flow of vessels in and out of U.S. ports and waterways. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer A. Nease.

Members of recruit company Sierra 191 participate in an abandon-ship drill, Sept. 28, 2015, at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J. Sierra Company will complete their training and graduate to the fleet on Oct. 2. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)

Members of recruit company Sierra 191 participate in an abandon-ship drill, Sept. 28, 2015, at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J. Sierra Company will complete their training and graduate to the fleet on Oct. 2. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth Hoppe, a marine science technician assigned to the container inspection team at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, consults a code book while inspecting a hazardous materials container at Terminal 18 at the Port of Seattle, Sept. 28, 2015. Marine science technicians use a variety of reference books to enforce federal and international regulations for shipping containers, marine facilities and vessels. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer)

Petty Officer 1st Class Kenneth Hoppe, a marine science technician assigned to the container inspection team at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle, consults a code book while inspecting a hazardous materials container at Terminal 18 at the Port of Seattle, Sept. 28, 2015. Marine science technicians use a variety of reference books to enforce federal and international regulations for shipping containers, marine facilities and vessels. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katelyn Shearer.

Family members of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crew wait to greet their returning loved ones at the Base Kodiak pier, Sept. 28, 2015. The Alex Haley crew completed a two-month long deployment that spanned from the Gulf of Alaska to the Arctic Ocean, conducting fisheries law enforcement, community relations and search and rescue missions. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson)

Family members of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley crew wait to greet their returning loved ones at the Base Kodiak pier, Sept. 28, 2015. The Alex Haley crew completed a two-month long deployment that spanned from the Gulf of Alaska to the Arctic Ocean, conducting fisheries law enforcement, community relations and search and rescue missions. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson.

Members of Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach, Mich., stand tow watch while conducting two-boat training aboard a 24-foot and a 25-foot response boat in Lake Huron, Sept. 28, 2015. Standing watch are Chief Petty Officer Michael Thayer, Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Ball and Fireman Samuel Potter. (U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Brown/released)

Members of Coast Guard Station Harbor Beach, Mich., stand tow watch while conducting two-boat training aboard a 24-foot and a 25-foot response boat in Lake Huron, Sept. 28, 2015. Standing watch are Chief Petty Officer Michael Thayer, Petty Officer 3rd Class Justin Ball and Fireman Samuel Potter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Peter Brown/released.

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