A U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Douglas Munro boat crew transits international waters in support of Operations North Pacific Guard, Aug. 15, 2017. Operation North Pacific Guard is a multilateral effort by North Pacific rim nations to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing to include high-seas drift net fishing. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Deputy Commandant for Operations 227th Coast Guard birthday message

Vice Adm. Charles Ray, Deputy Commandant for Operations, highlights some of the many responsibilities that reflect the Coast Guard’s multi-mission efforts in his birthday message to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard Buoy Tender Harry Claiborne deploys the Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System during a pollution response drill in Galveston Bay, Feb. 28, 2008. The Coast Guard's VOSS equipment is strategically pre-positioned at several locations across the country and may be transported to a spill site on a single truck or by Coast Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft. The mobile equipment is totally self-contained and capable of being used quickly and effectively aboard any available vessel.

The Inland Fleet: Quiet Keepers of the Heartland

The Coast Guard’s Inland Fleet provides a vital service to the United States through its work in maintaining fixed and floating aids to navigation along coastlines and riverbanks throughout the country. Hundreds of Coast Guard members tirelessly battle with outdated equipment and substandard accommodations to ensure the mission is completed. As the Coast Guard continues to modernize its assets, replacing the Inland Fleet is a necessity to ensure the service can remain Semper Paratus in all of its missions.

A small boat crew returns from the SEMAR Independencia with Mexican Navy sailors aboard for a partnership meeting on the Coast Guard Cutter Dauntless in the Gulf of Mexico, Mar 11, 2017. The visit's intent was to have a friendly exchanging of ideas and best practices for the shared responsibility of maritime security between the Coast Guard and Mexican Navy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin R. Williams

Coast Guard Boats

Since the modern-day United States Coast Guard was founded in 1790, Coast Guardsmen have continually been called upon by the nation to exercise their skill in boat handling and coastal navigation – both in peacetime and war. This blog covers the wide range of small boat assets available to the service and how they support the Coast Guard missions.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Harris, a member of a joint Coast Guard-Navy dive team deployed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Healy, holds a Coast Guard ensign during a cold water ice dive off a Healy small boat in the Arctic, July 29, 2017. The joint dive team successfully completed the first shipboard Coast Guard dive operations in the Arctic in 11 years. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class David Bradbury.

Diving in: A new chapter at the top of the world

For the first time in 11 years, after the tragic deaths of Lt. Jessica Hill and Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Duque, divers returned to the icy Arctic waters in support of the 2017 Coast Guard Research and Development Center Arctic patrol of Coast Guard Cutter Healy.

During the patrol, the team conducted cold water ice dive operations from both the small boat and a dive platform that was lowered from the Healy. A total of 18 dives were performed with a maximum depth of 38 feet and subsurface time of 18 minutes.

#CG227: Advancing equality in the weapons specialty

During a ceremony in late June, Chief Petty Officer Crystal Martens became the first female gunner’s mate to be promoted to chief warrant officer (WEPS) in the weapons specialty.

The gunner’s mate rate is one of the oldest in the Coast Guard however it didn’t see it’s first female chief petty officer until 2011 and the first female senior chief wasn’t advanced until 2014. Martens’s recent accomplishment highlights the strides women continue to make while serving in the armed forces.