The Long Blue Line: National Strike Force—the Guard’s global responder for 45 years!

The U.S. Coast Guard has been the steward of the nation’s maritime environment for nearly 200 years. As a vital component of the National Response System and homeland security mission, the National Strike Force minimizes the human and environmental impact of oil discharges, hazardous material releases, Weapons of Mass destruction (WMD) incidents, and other natural and man-made disasters. The National Strike Force remains Semper Paratus, “always ready,” to expand and adapt its mission to ever-changing natural and man-made threats to the nation and its environment. The National Strike Force remains “Ready Relevant and Responsive” for any hazard, any place.


Salvaging boats, protecting the environment: The aftermath of Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Sept. 20, 2017. Two months after the storm has passed, the devastation lingers; families are displaced, homes have been torn-apart, and destroyed boats sit sunken in harbors or have washed ashore. The Coast Guard, Puerto Rico Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, Environmental Protection Agency and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continue working on organizing salvage and removal operations for displaced, sunken and wrecked vessels throughout the island.


Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: MK1 Ryan Swartz

With holidays fast approaching, many Coast Guard service members will be carving turkeys, shopping for holiday gifts, visiting family and…

…deploying for disaster response?

Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Swartz and his team are working to assist the commonwealth of Puerto Rico and its citizens by working to get their vessels out of the water in order to mitigate pollution to the environment.


PerryFamily

Remembrance ceremony brings together unit, family of fallen shipmate

At the National Strike Force, the mission can be anything but routine and the sacrifices often great. Perry serves as a welcome reminder of the humility and bravery of what the Coast Guard uniform stands for. His memory and legacy will always be at the heart of the Atlantic Strike Team.


NSF coil spill assistance in Bangladesh

Coast Guard National Strike Force ends 2014 with international oil spill assistance

The U.S. Coast Guard is well known for its ability to handle oil and other hazardous material spills, but what isn’t well known is that the service often works with other countries to assist with their marine pollution incidents. In this case, the spill was in the Eastern Sundarbans Reserved Forest in Bangladesh.


Drug offload

Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Friday

A week in the life of the Coast Guard is almost complete, but there are still lots of missions to see. From responding to a boat fire to the crisp precision of the service’s silent drill team, you don’t want to miss today’s Coast Guard action. From July 30 to August 5, Coast Guard men and women captured a week in the life of the Coast Guard to highlight the missions we perform on a daily basis. From a port security unit on a morning patrol off the coast of Kuwait to flight operations off the coast of Seattle, you’ll get a glimpse of just how much the Coast Guard does as we feature a day-by-day snapshot.


Petty Officer 3rd Class Blaine Nibley

Battling lead contamination, one fish bone at a time

Lead. Throughout America’s history, it’s been used in paint, batteries, gasoline and even water pipes. Today, lead contamination in one of the oldest Oakland, Calif., neighborhoods is being neutralized not by more chemicals or hauling away tons of dirt but by mixing ground fish bone into the soil.


National Strike Force members train for all hazards

National Strike Force trains for all hazards

The National Strike Force is one of the U.S. Coast Guard’s highly capable and experienced maritime crisis management teams. Standing ready to deploy to any hazard, any time, any place since 1973, NSF personnel have responded to many historic incidents […]


Daniel Dugery

Remembering 9/11: MSTC Daniel Dugery

The unthinkable happened on Sept. 11, 2001. The attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C., represented the first acts of war on United States soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor 60 years earlier. As first responders rallied to […]


What Are Other Coast Guard Blogs Writing About?

The Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles blog posted about a Surviving Disaster episode called “Lost at Sea” airing tonight on the cable channel Spike. The episode will feature several interviews with Guardians. Recently, PA3 Tara Molle got underway on the […]


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