You are not forgotten: Expedition Alexander Hamilton/Ocean Reef

It’s not every day one gets to be involved in an expedition that touches the hearts of so many. People from all over the world, sacrificing time and resources, collaborated for the good of a common goal: to give closure to those who lost loved ones aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Alexander Hamilton, destroyed during WWII.


Survive the dive

Diving looks like a fun, adventurous activity. Fishing, exploring shipwrecks or just enjoying the beauty of the ocean are all popular aspects of the sport. Despite the beauty in the sport however, there are dangers.


Protecting the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary

Beneath the blue waters of the Florida Keys, the continental United States’ only living-coral barrier reef stretches for miles. The reef and surrounding waters generate more than $2.3 billion annually for the local economy, create more than 33,000 ocean jobs throughout the Florida Keys and support fisheries that feeds millions. Across this economically important area, the Coast Guard maintains 450 buoys, markers and aids to navigation that safely guides water traffic through the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

Coast Guard divers participate in NASA training operation

Coast Guard divers in space?

Aquarius, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, allows aquanauts and astronauts alike to conduct research and simulate mission activities in the water’s low gravity. Diving in an underwater laboratory necessitates a unique expertise. It requires plenty of knowledge about underwater operations and skills held by very few individuals. It was just the kind of job for a Coast Guard diver.

Coast Guard diving is a small community; 60-billeted positions are augmented by only a handful of trainees each year. In addition to rigorous dive training and the maintaining of peak physical fitness, Coast Guard divers are expected to excel in academia, particularly in underwater physics and medicine.

Dive in!

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Anderson. Coast Guard divers are a multi-mission force. They’ll move from an inspection and cleaning of a cutter’s hull in one operation to a homeland security dive for the next. And not only […]

2010 Photo Contest

People’s Choice – Photo Contest, Round 3

We are entering week three of the People’s Choice award for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest. Every Monday, we are unveiling another batch of photos as we count down the top 40 of the more than 600 photos submitted. […]

People’s Choice – Coast Guard Photo Contest, Round 7

It’s week seven of eight for the People’s Choice award for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest. Next week, we will unveil the final set of pictures as well as announce how the contest will run and open up voting. […]

Coast Guard Dive Program

Earlier this week the Compass posted an article about a mission to clean up a Hawaiian national monument. The story provided a behind the scenes, or should I say, below the surface glimpse into the missions Guardians perform to protect […]