Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa's deployable response boat tow an intercepted 'go-fast" vessel from the Cutter Confidence to the Tampa, Feb. 11, 2012.

Sustaining mission effectiveness as Coast Guard surface fleet transitions

The U.S. Coast Guard Western Hemisphere Strategy is built around three priorities, combating networks, securing borders and safeguarding commerce. To meet these priorities, the strategy emphasizes the critical importance of offshore vessel and aircraft presence to support effective governance and sovereignty, as well as other concepts to ensure long-term success. That long-term vision relies heavily upon the ongoing acqusition of national security cutters and fast response cutters and future acquisition of offshore patrol cutters by the service but also requires us to lean heavily on an aging medium endurance cutter fleet made up of 210-foot and 270-foot cutters, some of which have been operational for as many as 45 years.


SPARs Day: A day to remember

“A tremendous tribute.”  – Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara, Coast Guard Vice Commandant The massive, brand new 418-foot cutter provides surprisingly little shade on the hot and sunny pier in Pascagoula, Miss., where the Coast Guard’s most influential female leaders from […]


The Dorothy Stratton legend lives on

While the christening of any cutter is of particular interest to the Coast Guard, this Friday’s christening of the service’s newest National Security Cutter is an especially proud moment for any woman who has ever donned Coast Guard blue. First Lady Michelle […]