The crew of Coast Guard Cutter James pose for a group photo after a drug bust in the Eastern Pacific. U.S Coast Guard photo.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Coast Guard Cutter James

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter James is the recipient of the Capt. Hopley Yeaton Outstanding Cutter Award for their unbreakable resilience in not only breathing life into the steel of the ship, but by building James into one of the Coast Guard’s greatest assets in counter-narcotic operations. In only two patrols, James and its crew interdicted 22 drug smuggling vessels, seized 16,815 kilograms of cocaine with an estimated value of $560 million, and apprehended 70 suspected narcotics traffickers.

Coast Guard breaks record for cocaine seizures

Last week, crewmembers from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton offloaded 50,550 pounds of cocaine and heroin worth more than $679 million wholesale, which marks a record-breaking year in cocaine seizures for the service. The drugs were seized in 25 different interdictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean beginning in early August.

A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro boat crew transits international waters in support of Operations North Pacific Guard, Aug. 15, 2017. Operation North Pacific Guard is a multilateral effort by North Pacific rim nations to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing to include high-seas drift net fishing. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Deputy Commandant for Operations 227th Coast Guard birthday message

Vice Adm. Charles Ray, Deputy Commandant for Operations, highlights some of the many responsibilities that reflect the Coast Guard’s multi-mission efforts in his birthday message to the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guardsman with Port Security Unit 305 stands the watch in a battle position at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, July 19, 2017. PSUs are anti-terrorism force protection expeditionary units with boat crews and shore side security teams capable of supporting port and waterway security within the United States or anywhere in the world the military operates. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew S. Masaschi .

Port Security Unit 305 provides anti-terrorism force protection in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba

More than 100 Coast Guardsmen from U.S. Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305, based in Fort Eustis, Virginia, are executing multiple missions alongside Department of Defense partners who staff the Maritime Security Detachment (MARSECDET) at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, during a nearly year-long deployment.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft meets with Colombian Vice President Oscar Naranjo alongside government officials. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Securing the Western Hemisphere

Transnational organized crime is a 750 billion dollar enterprise. Motivated by profit, criminal organizations drive widespread instability in South and Central America as they exploit vulnerable populations by trafficking drugs, children, bulk cash and weapons.

The Long Blue Line: The Espionage Act – supporting Coast Guard port security for 100 years

World War I focused public attention on the dangers posed by explosive cargoes to American port cities 100 years ago. The Espionage Act of 1917 became one of the most important legislative acts to empower the Coast Guard in its port security mission. Today, the act continues to support the Coast Guard’s mission to protect ports from sabotage and accidental detonations of dangerous cargoes.

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

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.

Shutter Shootout 2017: Championship

This is the final round of the Coast Guard’s annual Shutter Shootout 2017 contest. This contest, coinciding with NCAA’s March Madness, allows our Coast Guard fans and followers the chance to choose the top Coast Guard photo of the year. The winner of the championship round will be announced Tuesday, April 4, 2017.

Shutter Shootout 2017: Final 4

The Final 4 round is here. The next round is upon is, so cast your vote on the Coast Guard’s official Facebook page now to see your favorite photo make it to the Championship round, Monday, April 3, 2017.

The Long Blue Line: Combat operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom

During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Coast Guard was instrumental in providing port security and demonstrated the Coast Guard units could serve in areas lacking any Coast Guard infrastructure. The units who served in these areas added an important chapter to the history of the service and lived up to the Coast Guard’s motto of Semper Paratus.

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