Be a force of nature

This week is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week and is a perfect time to reflect on how ready you and your loved ones are for the unexpected.


Coast Guard continues partnership with HBCUs

Written by Lt. Cmdr. Zeita Merchant and Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn. Every day the Coast Guard successfully completes incredibly diverse missions at home and around the world. The Coast Guard is part of the fabric of the maritime […]


Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2011 Coast Guard ensigns

Merchant mariners choose Coast Guard

When it comes to commissioning a military officer, most people think of the military academies or officer candidate schools. However, one accession source that most people don’t think of brings a great deal of talent and experience to the U.S. […]


A member of the U.S. Coast Guard maritime safety and security team (MSST) 91104 orders visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) and other MSST members to raise their hands during VBSS training near guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) Aug. 26, 2009, in the Gulf of Aden. Anzio is the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, a multinational task force established to conduct counterpiracy operations off the coast of Somalia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian K. Fromal/Released)

Preventing Piracy: The U.S. Response to Piracy

Today, Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, director of Prevention Policy, testified before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation to discuss maritime piracy and the Coast Guard’s role in addressing this threat to freedom of the seas, to the […]


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Preventing Piracy: Taking action before attacks occur

The April 2009 attack on the U.S. freight vessel Maersk-Alabama reinvigorated America’s awareness of the threats of piracy. In 2010, piracy continued to rise with ships reporting 445 attacks and pirates hijacking 53 ships, capturing 1,181 seafarers and killing eight. […]