The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, a National Security Cutter, prepares to tie up, June 2, 2017, at its homeport in Charleston, S.C. The Hamilton crew returned from a three-month interagency patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and also participated in Fleet Week in New York. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto

Prioritizing recapitalization of Coast Guard assets

Recapitalization. It’s a word that gets used regularly in the Coast Guard, but what does it really mean for the service? By prioritizing recapitalization, the Coast Guard is ensuring that it will receive the appropriate assets and systems necessary to successfully meet today’s demands and is laying the framework for continued efforts to replace and enhance the fleet in the decades to come.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Eyes in the sky

Unmanned aircraft do not have a long, storied history like the Coast Guard. But they already play a role in one of the Coast Guard’s earliest missions – guarding against illicit trade.

Research Development Test & Evaluation Spotlight: Diesel Outboard Engine

Is it possible for the Coast Guard to power its surface fleet using only one type of fuel? The Coast Guard Research and Development Center is investigating that possibility through the evaluation of available diesel outboard engines.

Polar Star

Adm. Michel: Icebreakers are a national security imperative

The icebreaker-focused briefing served as an opportunity for the Vice Commandant to highlight two heavy icebreakers – the nation’s entire inventory of this strategic asset. Only one is operational, the Polar Star, and Coast Guard Cutter Polar Sea, the other heavy icebreaker, reached the end of its serviceable life in 2010 having suffered casualties to two main engines.

First fast response cutter arrives in Miami

This year marks the 60th anniversary of one of the greatest search and rescue cases in the history of the Coast Guard, the Pendleton rescue. Due to the heroism, leadership and skill of Petty Officer Bernard C. Webber and his […]


$25 million drug seizure on inaugural deployment

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, the service’s second national security cutter, just returned from its inaugural deployment. And what a successful deployment it was. Throughout the three-month patrol in the Pacific Ocean, the cutter and crew demonstrated the national security cutter’s […]

Stratton sails away

UPDATE: Photo captions were corrected to give credit to Carol (Rene’) Shaw rather than Huntington Ingalls Industries. Written by Brian Olexy, Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate The third of eight planned national security cutters, Stratton, bid farewell to the Huntington Ingalls […]

Adm. Papp testifies on Coast Guard acquisitions achievements

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation about the Coast Guard’s acquisition program today. During the hearing, Papp provided an oral statement where he explained the progress […]

Coast Guard cutter to be named for Joshua James

Last week, the Coast Guard announced that the fifth of eight planned national security cutters would be built and named in honor of service legend Joshua James – credited with saving more than 600 souls along the New England coastline […]


Coast Guard takes possession of Stratton

This morning, the Coast Guard took another important step in recapitalizing America’s cutter fleet. Stratton, the third of eight planned national security cutters, was handed over to Capt. Charles Cashin in an “in-commission special” ceremony in Pascagoula, Miss. He and […]

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