U.S. Life Saving Serice crew landing rescued

Coast Guard Heroes: Joseph O. Doyle

Joseph O. Doyle was appointed keeper of the Charlotte, New York Life Saving Station July 11, 1878. As keeper, he secured the appointment of a paid crew and became known as one of the most distinguished surfmen attached to the U.S. Life-Saving Service.

Securing the shared northern border

In 2009 the U.S secretary of Homeland Security and the Canadian minister of public safety signed the framework agreement on maritime law enforcement operations between Canada and the United States, which allows the Coast Guard and the RCMP to work side-by-side enforcing laws in U.S. and Canadian waters. These operations represent a truly cooperative approach to combating cross-border crime on the shared waterways of Canada and the United States.

go-fast vessel

Strengthening partnerships: North American Interoperability Exercise

“Now, go-fast, go-fast, go-fast. All hands set the go-fast bill.” Early in the afternoon on Oct. 9, 2013, 20 nautical miles off the coast of Ensenada, Mexico, this announcement was heard over every intercom speaker on board Coast Guard Cutter Rush after an Air Station Sacramento HC-130 Hercules airplane sighted two suspicious vessels.

live fire exercise

Forward to UNITAS

Coast Guard Cutter Forward, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va., represented the United States alongside their shipmates from the USS Rentz. They were joined by naval forces from Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United Kingdom.

Rescue operation

Icy Resolve

Icy Resolve – simulating the crash of a commuter airplane into ice-covered Lake Erie – employed numerous airboats, helicopters and shore-based rescue crews and provided rescuers the opportunity to evaluate their plans, capabilities and coordination. Icy Resolve also tested each agency’s ability to execute critical incident communications, emergency medical care and many other elements of mass rescue operations.


Life of a service dog: My heritage

Veterans Moving Forward provides veterans with therapy and service dogs and amongst the puppies they are raising to help veterans cope with various injuries is an assistance dog in training that is near and dear to our hearts. His name is Nathan, in honor of Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal. Compass is sharing Nathan’s journey from birth, through his puppy “years” and into his final stages of training in our series “Life of a service dog.” We hope you enjoy Nathan’s story as he goes from a clumsy puppy to a focused service animal ready to serve our nation’s veterans.

North Pacific partnerships

Written by Pacific Area International Affairs. The safety and economic security of maritime nations depends substantially upon the secure use of the world’s oceans. By securing our world’s oceans we maintain vibrant maritime commerce and the ability to counter threats […]

Detroit Princess

Preparing for the worst-case scenario

With this week’s 5.9-magnitude earthquake felt along the U.S. East Coast and Hurricane Irene inching on a path towards the eastern seaboard, preparedness is at the forefront of many American’s minds. Preparedness plays an important role in the Coast Guard, […]

Operation Nanook 2011

Operation Nanook 2011

The waters of the Arctic are a unique place to operate and require not only specialized equipment and capabilities but also tailor-made training. It was just this type of special training Coast Guard Cutter Willow participated in during last week’s […]

Coast Guard leads intergovernmental disaster response drill

What would happen if an oil spill on the scale of Exxon Valdez happened off the coast of New England? That is one of the many questions being answered this week during SONS 2010. The Spill of National Significance exercise […]

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