In the Zone: Coast Guard Counter Drug 101

The name “Coast Guard” can be a little deceiving. Many people don’t realize Coast Guardsmen are deployed around the world conducting a variety of military, law enforcement, regulatory and humanitarian missions. One of its most significant expeditionary missions is counter narcotics in the Western Hemisphere; more specifically, stopping drug smugglers in the “drug transit zones” of the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Basin.


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Shipmate of the Week – LT David Herndon

At approximately 7 a.m. April 3, 2014, the command center in Alameda, Calif., was notified of a 1-year-old child aboard the sailing vessel Rebel Heart who was ill and required assistance. On watch receiving the call was the command duty […]


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Strengthening partnerships: North American Interoperability Exercise

“Now, go-fast, go-fast, go-fast. All hands set the go-fast bill.” Early in the afternoon on Oct. 9, 2013, 20 nautical miles off the coast of Ensenada, Mexico, this announcement was heard over every intercom speaker on board Coast Guard Cutter Rush after an Air Station Sacramento HC-130 Hercules airplane sighted two suspicious vessels.


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Forward to UNITAS

Coast Guard Cutter Forward, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va., represented the United States alongside their shipmates from the USS Rentz. They were joined by naval forces from Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United Kingdom.


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Shipmate of the Week – MKC Shawn Vaupel

From our maritime borders to the U.S Exclusive Economic Zone to our ports and inland waterways, the men and women of the Coast Guard are sentinels in preventing threats from reaching the United States. In the fight to secure the homeland, Coast Guard units often deploy overseas. On this leading edge to strengthen global capacities in fighting international drug trafficking and crime is Chief Petty Officer Shawn Vaupel.


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USCG and SEMAR: Shared border, shared missions

The U.S. and Mexico share more than a border; they also share a relationship that crosses the full spectrum of maritime operations. The Coast Guard and Mexican navy, known as Secretaría de Marina, are maritime first responders in areas ranging […]


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UNITAS 2011: War games and coded messages

Written by Ens. Ray Chaisson, Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba, with contributions from Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann. It’s been roughly a week into Coast Guard Cutter Escanaba’s UNITAS experience and while it has been educational, it has been a […]


itCG – drug bust, mishap drill, tactical boat training, Coast Guard Lady

Earlier this week, Guardians intercepted four speedboats carrying more than 260 kilos of cocaine off the coast of Mexico. The bust highlights both the importance of drug interdiction missions off Latin America but also the cooperation between the Coast Guard […]


itCG – #1 in DHS, Reservist recognized, ravine rescue, man on an air mattress

Coast Guard was ranked top agency in the Department of Homeland Security and 29 out of the 216 federal government agencies in the Best Places to Work survey. Another great indication our workforce is pretty happy. More information here Since […]