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.


PATFORSWA: Guardians of the Arabian Gulf

Today, the Coast Guard is the nation’s oldest continuously serving sea-going service and conducts 11 different missions. One of those missions is Defense Readiness. Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia is at the forefront of the Defense Readiness mission. Today, PATFORSWA’s mission is to train, organize, equip, support and deploy mission-ready Coast Guard Forces in support of U.S. Central Command, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and national security objectives.


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New year, new filter

Because our daily operations largely go unseen by members of the public, we share our missions on Compass, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr. Today we expand our ability in sharing the missions performed by the men and women of the Coast Guard as we launch the service’s official Instagram account.


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Shipmate of the Week – ET2 Jerry Engelman

The U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have made contributions in nearly every U.S. conflict since the Constitution became the law of the land. Joining that long tradition of service in defense of the homeland is the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Adak. Adak, one of six Coast Guard patrol boats in the region – part of Patrol Forces Southwest Asia, the Coast Guard’s largest unit outside the United States – focuses on maritime security, infrastructure protection, military-to-military assistance and supporting exercises in the Persian Gulf, U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility.


Shipmate of the Week – Deployed servicemembers

With the holidays upon us, families come together to reconnect and celebrate. But for many military families, the one person they are most proud of and wish they could be with this holiday season may be missing – their servicemember. Whether it is a […]


UPDATED: Kodiak aircrew medevacs injured crewman during blizzard

Everyone knows that foul weather is often the precursor to an amazing Coast Guard search and rescue story but every once in a while a particular case puts that into perspective. Take yesterday’s rescue of an injured fisherman nearly 100-miles […]


Coast Guard in Action – January 13, 2010

Haiti Relief Around 5 p.m. EST yesterday, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake centered 10 nautical miles south of Port Au Prince, Haiti. CGC Forward arrived off Port Au Prince this morning, equipped with a helicopter flight deck, satellite communications equipment, and the […]