The Long Blue Line: War zone operations of buoy tender Walnut in Operation Iraqi Freedom

Units and personnel of the U.S. Coast Guard and its predecessor services have served with distinction in every major American conflict and 2003’s Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) proved no exception to this rule. In OIF, the Coast Guard excelled in its specialties of port security, coastal and environmental security, and maritime interdiction operations. At the height of combat operations, 1,250 Coast Guard personnel served in OIF. Coast Guard vessels and land-based personnel brought many vital capabilities to the theater of operations, including aids-to-navigation.


Adm. Papp addresses surface naval community

Yesterday, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp provided an update on the Coast Guard to the 24th Annual Surface Navy Association Symposium in Arlington, Va. He shared information on the Coast Guard’s current surface operations and the progress the Coast […]


Buoy tender aids drought-stricken island nation

With contributions from Petty Officer 3rd Class Angela Henderson, 14th Coast Guard District public affairs specialist. As the island nation of Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand, entered severe drought levels, the approximately 1,500 residents looked beyond its shores for […]