Week in the life of the Coast Guard: Monday

Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight. Coast Guard Compass set out to change that. 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.

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Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight.

Coast Guard Compass set out to change that. 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.

Below are a few shots from the day, but you can check out all the pictures from Monday at Facebook or Flickr. Stay with us throughout the week as we continue to share a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard transportable port security boat, crewed by members of Port Security Unit 309, on a morning patrol in the Northern Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, July 30. Coast Guard PSUs merge with the Navy's Maritime Expeditionary Squadrons to form Combined Task Group 56.5 and are charged with providing harbor defense and security to ports, seaward approaches and waterways within U.S. Central Command's area of responsibility. U.S. Coast Guard photo by U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Laurie Fletcher.
A Coast Guard transportable port security boat, crewed by members of Port Security Unit 309, on a morning patrol in the Northern Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, July 30. Coast Guard PSUs merge with the Navy’s Maritime Expeditionary Squadrons to form Combined Task Group 56.5 and are charged with providing harbor defense and security to ports, seaward approaches and waterways within U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility. U.S. Coast Guard photo by U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Laurie Fletcher.
Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw handle lines connected to a boat as the cutter's crane lifts the boat out of the water in the vicinity of the Soo Locks near Sault Ste Marie, Mich., July 30, 2012. The Mackinaw's crew rescued three people from their disabled boat and salvaged their boat due to incoming severe weather. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Jenifer Lopez.
Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw handle lines connected to a boat as the cutter’s crane lifts the boat out of the water in the vicinity of the Soo Locks near Sault Ste Marie, Mich., July 30, 2012. The Mackinaw’s crew rescued three people from their disabled boat and salvaged their boat due to incoming severe weather. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ensign Jenifer Lopez.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Sierra Schlager, a boatswain's mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J., answers her commanding officer's questions during a coxswain board at the station July 30, 2012. Coxswains are responsible for the operation of Coast Guard small boats and oversee missions on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Sierra Schlager, a boatswain’s mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, N.J., answers her commanding officer’s questions during a coxswain board at the station July 30, 2012. Coxswains are responsible for the operation of Coast Guard small boats and oversee missions on the water. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Ameen.
Seaman Kacper Jesiotr, a member of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Baltimore, attaches a split key to a buoy chain on the deck of a 49-foot Buoy Utility Stern Loading boat Monday, July 30, 2012. ANT Baltimore is responsible for servicing navigation aids in the Upper Chesapeake Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg.
Seaman Kacper Jesiotr, a member of Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Baltimore, attaches a split key to a buoy chain on the deck of a 49-foot Buoy Utility Stern Loading boat Monday, July 30, 2012. ANT Baltimore is responsible for servicing navigation aids in the Upper Chesapeake Bay. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg.
Fireman Tyyler McNeace and Petty Officer 3rd Class Mary McCarthy conduct rounds in main machinery rooms on Coast Guard Cutter Healy, July 30, 2012. Healy, the newest and most technologically advanced U.S. ice breaker, will travel north through Puget Sound on its way to the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone.
Fireman Tyyler McNeace and Petty Officer 3rd Class Mary McCarthy conduct rounds in main machinery rooms on Coast Guard Cutter Healy, July 30, 2012. Healy, the newest and most technologically advanced U.S. ice breaker, will travel north through Puget Sound on its way to the Arctic. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone.

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