The above screenshot shows the display of the virtual aid to navigation established in partnership between the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the Mississippi River. The virtual aid is significant in that it allows mariners to see a hazard when it is not possible to place a floating aid to mark it. U.S. Coast Guard image.

Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leverage technology to ensure mariner safety

Across the nation, more than 48,000 Coast Guard aids to navigation, commonly known as ATON, mark every navigable waterway, identifying navigational hazards and ensuring mariner safety. But what happens when navigational aids are knocked off course by a natural disaster like a hurricane or flood?


Your Coast Guard in 2011 – Atlantic Area

From the Rocky Mountains to the Arabian Gulf; Canada to the Caribbean Sea, the men and women of the Coast Guard’s Atlantic Area have served our nation well in 2011. The past year has been a challenging one with several crisis events, a new threat emerging in the Caribbean Sea and continued demands to serve the maritime community.


Flood response

Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers continue flood response

As communities along the Mississippi River system continue to be impacted by record high waters, Coast Guard men and women are deployed in support of Federal, state and local agencies throughout the Midwest while the South remains on alert as […]


Midwest flooding

Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers assist residents in Midwest flood zone

Written by Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough. With extreme high water conditions and heavy rains threatening to flood the town of Cairo, Ill., and adding pressure to the entire Mississippi River system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers triggered […]