North Arabian Gulf - Coast Guardsmen onboard the U.S. Coast Guard Boutwell chat on the flight deck following refueling operations at sunset March 23, 2003.

The Long Blue Line: PATFORSWA – largest Coast Guard unit outside the US

Naval operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom began with the U.S. Navy in the summer of 2002. The Navy drew on its plans for combat operations in Iraq, and in September 2002, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command requested U.S. Coast Guard support for combat operations.


The Long Blue Line: Tip of the Spear–Combat Operations of Adak in Operation Iraqi Freedom

As in previous Coast Guard combat missions, Coast Guard patrol boats and personnel exceeded all expectations as they served as the fleet’s workhorses in boarding, escort duty, force protection and maritime interdiction during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Coast Guard’s presence in the theater of operations played an important role in the long blue line and will maintain a part in future naval operations where hostilities erupt in the world’s littoral regions.


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp (left) meets with NAVCENT Commander Vice Adm. John Miller (center) and Deputy NAVCENT Commander Rear Adm. James Loeblein in Manama, Bahrain, Nov. 20, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Annie R. B. Elis.

Adm. Papp’s Arabian Gulf visit highlights maritime governance

Commandant of the Coast Guard Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp recently visited the Kingdom of Bahrain for an annual visit to Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia and to meet with key maritime partners.


Shipmate of the Week – MK2 Garett Brada

Hawaii’s second biggest island, Maui, is known for its dazzling sun and striking coastline. But for many in the Coast Guard, a trip to Maui will take you far from Hawaiian waters, halfway around the world, to the Middle East. […]