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Protecting America: Seizure of 16 tons of cocaine worth estimated $420 million

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Each and every day, the Coast Guard combats the illicit drug trade in a six-million square mile area, including the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Eastern Pacific. Cocaine seizures prevent drugs from reaching America’s streets, while delivering a blow to the wallet and influence of transnational organized crime groups. Without the Coast Guard and its partners, hundreds of millions of dollars would flow past U.S. borders and fuel these crime-terror-insurgency organizations.

Protecting America: A day in the life of an ME “A” school student

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Maritime Enforcement Specialist “A” school is a challenging and rigorous course of instruction provided at the Maritime Law Enforcement Academy in Charleston, South Carolina. This demanding nine-week course teaches Coast Guard active and reserve personnel how to execute the Coast Guard’s unique law enforcement mission in a safe, legal and professional manner. Each year the staff at MLEA trains and graduates more than 150 students who receive orders to 450 units across the Coast Guard.

What does a day in the life of an ME student look like?

Protecting America: Coast Guard counter-drug aircrews record 500th drug bust

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Coast Guard’s Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) marked its 500th drug interdiction when a deployed crew stopped a drug-laden go-fast vessel in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, March 11, 2017.

Protecting America: Supporting anywhere, deploying everywhere

Monday, February 27, 2017

Maritime Safety and Security Team Kings Bay, Georgia, is one of six Coast Guard Atlantic Area MSSTs. To describe the MSSTs’ operating area, a globe would be an appropriate reference, as MSSTs spend a significant amount of time on the road, with operations spanning an area of responsibility not limited by traditional geographic boundaries. MSSTs are highly trained and professional personnel who provide adaptable and scalable capabilities in support of missions worldwide.

Protecting America: Port Security Unit 305 departs for 9-month deployment

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 recently departed Norfolk, Virginia, for a regularly scheduled, nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. Throughout their deployment, PSU 305 will maintain a continuous maritime antiterrorism-force protection presence in the Naval Defensive Sea Area of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, directly supporting the commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay Naval reservation and adjoining waters, creating a layered defensive posture.

Remembering 9/11: Protecting America’s ports

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Kuwait port security

Co-authored by Lt. Daniel Orchard, International Port Security Program. America’s seaports are an important part of our economy. When the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 occurred a decade ago, the nature of the tragedy understandably led to a rallying call […]

Protecting America from threats delivered by sea

Monday, July 11, 2011

For more than 200 years the United States Coast Guard has served as America’s maritime first responder, protecting Americans on the sea, protecting America from threats delivered by sea and protecting the sea itself. Over the centuries and particularly in […]

Past to Present: Protecting our shores from undocumented migrants, drugs, and terrorism

Monday, August 15, 2016


This blog continues our Coast Guard History Month theme “A unique instrument of National Security” by discussing the Coast Guard’s law enforcement responsibilities of alien migrant interdiction operations, counter-drug operations, and counter-terrorism operations. The United States Coast Guard is the nation’s leading maritime law enforcement agency and has broad, multi-faceted jurisdictional authority. Read the full post to learn more about the long history of the Coast Guard’s law enforcement role to include enforcing tariffs, suppressing piracy, freeing slaves, intercepting contraband and enforcing immigration laws.

The Long Blue Line: Capt. Mike Healy – tamer of America’s western sea frontier

Thursday, February 11, 2016

“When I am in charge of a vessel, I always command; nobody commands but me. I take all the responsibility, all the risks, all the hardships that my office would call upon me to take. I do not steer by any man’s compass but my own.” In the above quote, Capt. Michael Augustine Healy described his command philosophy. Healy’s career tied him to the taming of America’s western maritime frontier, earned him the nickname “Hell Roaring” Mike Healy and made him possibly the most famous captain in Coast Guard history.

Protecting our skies: Coast Guard unit recognized with prestigious award

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Coast Guard Rotary Wing Air Intercept mission training

The Coast Guard’s National Capitol Region Air Defense Facility, which is supported with both permanent crews and temporarily assigned aircrews from nearby Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, is the nations only helicopter alert facility in the country.

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