Coast Guard Cutter Valiant: Interdicting drugs, detaining suspected smugglers and building relationships

Returning from a two month counter-narcotics patrol, Coast Guard Cutter Valiant stopped in Panama to work with the country’s National Air and Naval Service, referred to as SENAN. This exchange gave Valiant crewmembers the opportunity to share techniques and best practices for law enforcement, small boat operations, voice and visual communications, and operational risk management.


Ringing in the New Year with rhyme: Afloat

On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. The Compass reached out to those standing the mid-watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the ship’s log as we all rung in 2013.

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Ombudsmen bridge units and families

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. This post is the first in a series from Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp to provide more insight into his Year of the Coast Guard […]

2010 Photo Contest

People’s Choice – Photo Contest, Round 7

It’s week seven of the Coast Guard Photo Contest People’s Choice award. Every Monday for the past seven weeks we have unveiled another batch of photos as we count down the top 40 of the more than 600 photos submitted. […]

UPDATE: Coast Guard response to Haiti earthquake

As the Coast Guard continues operations in support of U.S. government disaster response and humanitarian assistance efforts to Haiti, there are four Coast Guard Cutters (Forward, Mohawk, Tahoma and Valiant) on-scene with two more cutters (Oak and Hamilton) en route. […]

Coast Guard continues Haiti response

Guardians continued their support of U.S. government disaster response and humanitarian assistance efforts Thursday in the wake of the the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti earlier this week. By the end of the evening, Coast Guard aircraft will have evacuated […]

itCG – watch 1705 memorial, school ferry BUI, tactical training, hazardous duty

[youtube _rQyJdMpd5I] Video of CGC Valiant offloading five tons of cocaine seized during a 30-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. (Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nick Ameen.) Click here to read more. Later today, Air Station Sacramento […]

itCG – Rescue 1705 memorial, 5-ton drug bust, major river closed, winter coat drive

Air Station Sacramento will host a memorial to the Guardians of Rescue 1705 tomorrow. The ceremony will be closed to the public as senior Coast Guard leaders, family members and colleagues remember the seven crew members, but will be streamed […]