Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Petty Officer Jason Rodriguez

Life aboard a cutter consists of spending extended periods of time away from home, standing long watches and contributing in the completion of Coast Guard missions across the globe. With each passing day you begin to see your shipmates as a second family. You learn more and more about the men and women working beside you, and soon begin to put their needs before your own. One of Coast Guard Cutter Mellon’s crewmen made a point to put his cutter family’s needs first.


From the Commandant: Standing the Watch

For those who can join friends, family and loved ones over the holiday season, Fran and I encourage you to make the most of every moment as we honor those who are on watch tonight, and every night, protecting the freedoms we so enjoy.


High seas driftnets

High-Seas driftnets: Destroyers of the deep

While every Coast Guard mission makes a difference, some truly leave a legacy. Defending the high seas from the abuses of illegal and indiscriminate fishing has a global impact that ripples far into the future, ensuring stability and sustenance for generations to come.


In the Zone: 15 minutes to launch

In the Zone: 15 minutes to launch

The Coast Guard maintains a constant presence in the Pacific and Caribbean– two key transit areas with known drug trafficking routes. Since the early 1970s, 378-foot cutters like the Mellon have been instrumental in the detection and interdiction of smugglers and narcotics on the high seas.


Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, renders a salute as he departs the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon, a 378-foot ship homeported in Seattle, Oct. 4, 2012, which he toured as part of a familiarization tour of Coast Guard units in the Pacific Northwest. Rear. Adm. Keith Taylor, commander of Coast Guard District 13, acted as the Coast Guard representative and guide to Dempsey's tour. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw.

Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff visits Seattle Coast Guard units

Last week the 13th Coast Guard District had a rare opportunity to showcase what the nation’s longest-serving sea service brings to the fight for Gen. Martin Dempsey, the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.


Prinsendam

History: Arctic rescue changes face of Coast Guard operations

Co-authored by Ademide Adedokun. Thirty-one years ago today, the Coast Guard led one of the nation’s largest search and rescue cases when the 519 passengers and crew of the Dutch cruise liner Prinsendam were forced to abandon ship more than […]


People’s Choice – Coast Guard Photo Contest

The pictures for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest are in and the results are impressive! Everyday, Guardians around the world capture remarkable photographs of the Coast Guard in action. From homeland security patrols to routine training missions and arctic […]