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Why I Serve: ME1 Brady Osborne

As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team’s direct action section, I have a unique opportunity to be a part of extremely impactful operations. I recently returned from a deployment to the United States Central Command’s area of responsibility in support of counter-piracy operations and was able to experience the massive role and influence the U.S. Coast Guard has in this theater.


A powerful engine for our nation’s economy

International trade is a powerful engine for our nation’s economic growth. As consumers we are all connected to a global maritime industry, which powers the movement of goods that support our way of life. The maritime industry has seen exponential […]


Shipmate of the Week – LT Patrick Armstrong

Written by Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer, World Maritime University. The nation’s marine transportation system – including its ports, waterways and vessels – handles more than $900 billion in international commerce every year. The Coast Guard remains committed to this global […]


ADM Papp focused on counter-piracy, Arctic at IMO assembly

This is the second of a three-part series focused on Adm. Bob Papp’s travel to the Middle East and Europe to meet with partner organizations and visit Coast Guard personnel. It was written with contributions by Ademide Adedokun. Coast Guard […]


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World Maritime Day: Orchestrating the response to piracy

Today is World Maritime Day 2011, a day in which we recognize the maritime industry’s contribution towards the world’s economy. While there are many challenges and successes to take note of, there is one particular issue generating a worldwide rallying […]


The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). Official Department of Defense photo.

Strength in training: Counter-piracy

The threat of pirates on the high seas continues to bring unique challenges to the international maritime community.  With ships reporting 445 attacks and pirates hijacking 53 ships, capturing 1,181 seafarers and killing eight in 2010, international cooperation is essential […]


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. […]


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Shipmate of the Week – LT Aaron Renschler

Written by Lt. James McLay, Deployable Operations Group Piracy has been the scourge of the world’s oceans and waterways ever since man took to sea. Defined by the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea as any “…illegal acts […]


ADM Allen to stress need for maritime security regimes

Admiral Thad Allen will stress the need for maritime security regimes as a critical part of a Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower in a speech before the Surface Naval Association tomorrow. At a time when the aviation community is […]


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