Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Elliott Felix and his explosive detection canine, Luna, pose for a photo at a warehouse in Seattle, Sept. 19, 2016. The Coast Guard employs 16 canine explosive detection teams, which are located across the country at Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Teams and the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi.

Elliott and Luna: A Coast Guard explosive detection team

Being one of only 16 canine explosive detection teams in the Coast Guard, Petty Officer 2nd Class Elliot Felix and his partner, Luna play a vital role in advancing the Department of Homeland Security’s mission of securing the homeland and protecting Americans. Canine teams offer unique capabilities across various disciplines and can be deployed throughout diverse operating environments.

Mascot Monday: Meet Nike of Station Jones Beach

Meet Nike, station mascot and loyal member of Coast Guard Station Jones Beach. Nike enjoys long swims on the beach and keeping crewmembers company during watch and station checks. Continue reading for more about this loving mascot.

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Jack Ayre & the legacy of the military working dog

Jack Ayre served his counry honorably, earning both the American Area Campaign Ribbon and WWII Victory Medal and went on to supervise the loading of ammunition and explosives aboard freighters at Hog Island. But the work of his canine companions was still on his mind.


Every dog has its day

The multi-mission Maritime Security Response Team and Maritime Safety and Security Teams of the U.S. Coast Guard provide port safety, security and law enforcement capabilities to America’s ports. Partnerships are important in achieving their mission, and one of these partnerships […]