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ADM Papp focused on counter-piracy, Arctic at IMO assembly

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

This is the second of a three-part series focused on Adm. Bob Papp’s travel to the Middle East and Europe to meet with partner organizations and visit Coast Guard personnel. It was written with contributions by Ademide Adedokun. Coast Guard […]

World Maritime Day: Orchestrating the response to piracy

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Suspected pirate boat on fire

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 […]

Strength in training: Counter-piracy

Monday, June 13, 2011

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). Official Department of Defense photo.

The threat of pirates on the high seas continues to bring unique challenges to the international maritime community.  With ships reporting 445 attacks and pirates hijacking 53 ships, capturing 1,181 seafarers and killing eight in 2010, international cooperation is essential […]

Preventing Piracy: The U.S. Response to Piracy

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A member of the U.S. Coast Guard maritime safety and security team (MSST) 91104 orders visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) and other MSST members to raise their hands during VBSS training near guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) Aug. 26, 2009, in the Gulf of Aden. Anzio is the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, a multinational task force established to conduct counterpiracy operations off the coast of Somalia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian K. Fromal/Released)

Today, Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, director of Prevention Policy, testified before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation to discuss maritime piracy and the Coast Guard’s role in addressing this threat to freedom of the seas, to the […]

Preventing Piracy: Taking action before attacks occur

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

piracy map

The April 2009 attack on the U.S. freight vessel Maersk-Alabama reinvigorated America’s awareness of the threats of piracy. In 2010, piracy continued to rise with ships reporting 445 attacks and pirates hijacking 53 ships, capturing 1,181 seafarers and killing eight. […]

History: The Piracy Mission – Then and Now

Thursday, March 4, 2010

This month’s history post tells the story of two Coast Guard cutters separated by nearly 200 years of history that have one thing in common – they led the way in combating piracy that threatened American vessels. As told by […]

itCG-Cleveland rescue, piracy training, oil spill, survival at sea

Monday, October 26, 2009

The Cleveland Browns were not the only ones who needed a rescue Sunday night. The Coast Guard came to the aid of four people who fell into Lake Erie from a pier near Cleveland Browns Stadium. Guardians from Station Cleveland […]

The Long Blue Line: Police Week–Coast Guard law enforcers lost in the line of duty

Thursday, May 16, 2019

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and reflecting pool in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

In October 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed Public Law 87-726 designating May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day to honor federal, state and municipal officers who have been killed or disabled in the line of duty. The act also designates the calendar week during which May 15 occurs as “Police Week” in recognition of the service given by the men and women who serve in law enforcement. During this week, the law enforcement community lays a wreath at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial where 23 Coast Guard names are inscribed on the memorial. We honor those who have served and sacrificed including the 23 Coast Guardsmen who gave the final measure.

The Long Blue Line: Argus – first “Heritage” Class Offshore Patrol Cutter

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A computer rendering of the Coast Guard’s new Offshore Patrol Cutter. Rendering courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding Group.

Named for the 100-eyed giant of Greek mythology known as “the all-seeing one,” Argus was one of the first vessels completed of Alexander Hamilton’s fleet of 10 revenue cutters. Argus will soon be the first of the “Heritage” Class of Offshore Patrol Cutters that will become the mainstay of the Coast Guard’s ocean-going fleet. These cutters are meant to provide multi-mission capabilities similar to the first 10 revenue cutters.

The Long Blue Line: LEDETs – 35 years of law enforcement missions

Thursday, July 5, 2018

In 2009, members of LEDET 409 detained suspected pirates in the Gulf of Aden as part of Combined Task Force 151. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Since 1982, LEDETs have evolved from a counterdrug unit under local Coast Guard command, to one of the service’s modern Deployable Specialized Forces with a global area of responsibility. Over the course of their history, the LEDETs’ role has expanded to carry out a variety of maritime interdiction missions, including counter-piracy, military combat operations, alien migration interdiction, military force protection, counter terrorism, homeland security, and humanitarian response. The LEDETs and their law enforcement mission form one more link in the long blue line.

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