The U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South crew members were awarded Thursday, Mar. 7, 2019 with the Humanitarian Service Medal for their relief efforts during Hurricane Irma in 2017. TACLET South crew members were Lt. Thomas Chronet , Chief Petty Officer Andrew Lloyd, Petty Officer First Class Edward Hinshelwood, Petty Officer Second Class Julian Cubbies, Petty Officer Second Class George Soto, Petty Officer First Class Anton Lesovsky and Petty Officer First Class Michael Kugelmann. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erik Villa Rodriguez.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South

The U.S. Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South crew members were awarded with the Humanitarian Service Medal for their relief efforts during Hurricane Irma in 2017. Between 2017 and 2018, TACLET South Law Enforcement Detachment Teams deployed onboard three Royal Netherlands Navy vessels totaling over 170 days at sea, seized 2,056 kilograms of cocaine and successfully utilized Airborne Use of Force on three occasions to stop drug-smuggling vessels.


A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., conducts pre-flight checks before departing the air station, Jan. 8, 2019. The crew embarked on a training flight during which mission system operators practiced using the airplane's camera, radar and other sensory equipment. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Corinne Zilnicki.

Eyes in the sky: one air station’s Herculean efforts to stop drug smugglers

A Panga boat suspected of smuggling led a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules aircrew and a cutter boat crew on a wild chase int he middle of the Caribbean Sea last October. With the Hercules aircrew serving as their eyes in the sky, the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley seized 600 kilograms of cocain that night. The crews of voluntarily deploy to Central America each year in support of Joint Interagency Task Force South find a sense of pride and departure from their normal routine.


An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew and Fijian navy Sub-Lt. Opeti Enesi, a Fijian shipriider, return from a patrol over the Fijian islands, Dec. 8, 2018. The Hercules was supporting a Fijian navy patrol boat during a law enforcement operation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew West.

Fijian shiprider joins Coast Guard aircrew on patrol

Almost a month after a bilateral shiprider agreement was signed by Michael Goldman, Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Suva, and Fiji’s Minister of Defense Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, a Fijian navy shiprider flew with a Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew over the Fijian Islands, Dec. 8, 2018.

The agreement, signed Nov. 12, 2018, allows Fijian officials to board United States’ assets and conduct law enforcement from them in Fiji’s territorial waters, and allows both nations to pursue common causes such as fisheries protection.


Japan Coast Guard Rear Adm. Tsuguo Awai, the deputy director general of the Administration Department, presents 150th anniversary lighthouse stamps to Rear Adm. Meredith L. Austin, the U.S. Coast Guard deputy for operations, policy and capabilities. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Capt. Mary Ellen Durley.

Japan Coast Guard marks 150th marine aids to navigation anniversary

The Japan Coast Guard presented commemorative stamps commissioned to mark the 150th anniversary of Japan’s first lighthouse during an official visit with the U.S. Coast Guard Nov. 16.


The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy (WAGB-20) in the ice, Oct. 3, 2018, about 715 miles north of Barrow, Alaska, in the Arctic. The Healy is in the Arctic with a team of about 30 scientists and engineers aboard deploying sensors and autonomous submarines to study stratified ocean dynamics and how environmental factors affect the water below the ice surface for the Office of Naval Research. The Healy, which is homeported in Seattle, is one of two ice breakers in U.S. service and is the only military ship dedicated to conducting research in the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard photo by NyxoLyno Cangemi.

Coast Guard icebreaker crew completes second 2018 Arctic mission

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy completed their second mission of their Arctic West Summer 2018 deployment Thursday, Oct. 18. Mission 1802 was a scientific mission to study stratified ocean dynamics in the Arctic (SODA) for the Office of Naval Research. Healy is one of two icebreakers in U.S. service that serves American interests in the region helping us better understand, plan and prepare for increased human activity.


Lt. j.g. Ryan Thomas, a marine Inspector at Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, walks below the Kaimana Hila, an 850-foot container ship being constructed in Philadelphia Shipyards, Oct. 4, 2018. The Kaimana Hila and the Daniel K. Inouye are the two largest container ship ever built in the United States. During ship construction the Coast Guard works with the ship builder, shipping company and registrar in a unified effort to make the ship as safe as possible for operation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Seth Johnson.

How the Coast Guard supports maritime commerce and the ship-building industry

The U.S. Coast Guard works with the ship-building industry to evaluate safety and security of ships as well as ensure safety of life at sea for workers and those of the port and waterways of the U.S. With the increasing demand on maritime trade, the Coast Guard has published the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook that establishes three lines of effort. Check out the blog to learn more.


Members of Electronic Support Detachment Guam repair a generator at the Mt. Alutom radio site on Guam following Typhoon Mangkhut, Sept. 15, 2018. The generator is a back up power system for the Rescue 21 radio site. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Communication and connectivity following Mangkhut: A Rescue 21 story

Category 5 Typhoon Mangkhut recently impacted the islands of Guam and Rota, a commonwealth of the U.S. It plunged 80 percent of Guam into darkness and all of Rota, flooded areas and destroyed aids to navigation and damaged the Rescue 21 VHF and microwave radio sites in Guam and Rota. The U.S. Coast Guard sent supplies and crews to Rota to provide aid to the community and repair and restore power to the radio sites that are used to listen for distress calls throughout the Mariana Islands. Read here to learn more about the Rescue 21 system and how this 21st century technology assists these small Pacific islands.


U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Michael Haycock, left, signs the former Coast Guard Cutter Sherman to Sir Lankan Navy commander Vice Adm. Sirimevan Ranasinghe during a transfer ceremony in Honolulu, Aug. 27, 2018. The cutter is currently known as P-626 and is now Sri Lankan Navy's largest vessel in that nation's fleet. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Former Coast Guard Cutter Sherman transferred to Sri Lankan Navy

After more than 50 years of service to the United States, the U.S. Coast Guard transferred the recently decommissioned Coast Guard Cutter Sherman to the Sri Lankan Navy. The transfer of the Sherman to Sri Lanka supports the Coast Guard’s efforts to strengthen the United States’ relationship with partner nations in the western Pacific, enhancing their maritime capabilities and governance, and supporting stability and the security of global maritime commons.


During Arctic Technology Evaluation 2018, the AeroVironment Puma unmanned aircraft system and a Coast Guard unmanned surface vessel were deployed together to test the feasibility of using multiple unmanned systems as a communications link over larger areas. Patrick Ryan, a researcher in the Systems Branch at the Coast Guard Research and Development Center, readies the UAS before launch. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Alexandra Swan.

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Arctic Technology Evaluation 2018

The Coast Guard’s objectives in the Arctic include advancing U.S. security interests and pursuing responsible stewardship of the area. Two components of that strategy – maritime domain awareness and protection of the delicate environment – were the focus of the Coast Guard Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Program’s 2018 Arctic Technology Evaluation held in late July in Alaska. The event enables the Coast Guard to gain efficiencies by evaluating multiple technologies that have the potential to enhance future Coast Guard operations in harsh environments.


Small boat showing the minimal protection for boat and crew of flak vests and battle helmets. Photo courtesy of Gordon M. Gillies.

The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard small boat ops in Vietnam

During the Vietnam War, the 82-foot “Point”-Class cutters of Squadron One supported small boat reconnaissance missions. Their missions required the small boats to probe the canals and waterways of South Vietnam. These missions gathered intelligence regarding enemy weapons, troop movements, fortified positions and bunkers. Check out the blog to learn more about these dangerous operations, carried out at night and giving new meaning to the service’s old saying, “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back.”


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