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.

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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 Friday at Facebook or Flickr. Stay with us throughout the week as we continue to share a Week in the Life of the Coast Guard.

Coast Guard small-boats provide security during the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge Commissioning Ceremony in Port Everglades, Fla., Aug. 3, 2012. The Cutter Etheridge is the second Fast-Response Cutter to be commissioned out of a planned 58. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
Coast Guard small-boats provide security during the Coast Guard Cutter Richard Etheridge commissioning ceremony in Port Everglades, Fla., Aug. 3, 2012. Etheridge is the second fast response cutter to be commissioned out of a planned 58. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers offload narcotics at the Port of Tampa Aug. 3, 2012. The crew seized approximately 64 bales of cocaine and 8 bricks of marijuana approximately 16 miles northwest of Roatan, Honduras. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.
Coast Guard Cutter Tampa crewmembers offload narcotics at the Port of Tampa Aug. 3, 2012. The crew seized approximately 64 bales of cocaine and 8 bricks of marijuana approximately 16 miles northwest of Roatan, Honduras. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Crystalynn A. Kneen.
Coast Guard personnel from Sector San Juan, the National Strike Force and cleanup contractors work to refloat and dispose of the 202-foot freighter Jireh near Mona Island, Puerto Rico Aug. 3, 2012. Response crewmembers have removed more than 5,000 gallons of oil/water mixture and 570 tons of oiled cargo from the freighter that grounded June 21, 2012. Photo by Jireh Grounding Unified Command.
Coast Guard personnel from Sector San Juan, the National Strike Force and cleanup contractors work to refloat and dispose of the 202-foot freighter Jireh near Mona Island, Puerto Rico Aug. 3, 2012. Response crewmembers have removed more than 5,000 gallons of oil/water mixture and 570 tons of oiled cargo from the freighter that grounded June 21, 2012. Photo by Jireh Grounding Unified Command.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Avery, a flight mechanic from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., connects a rescue basket to the hoist cable of the helicopter over the Pasquotank River near the air station, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. The crews conducted hoist training with cadets from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., as part of their week-long summer visit to the air station. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Avery, a flight mechanic from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., connects a rescue basket to the hoist cable of the helicopter over the Pasquotank River near the air station, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. The crews conducted hoist training with cadets from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., as part of their week-long summer visit to the air station. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill.
Coast Guardsmen from a communications support unit in Honolulu relocate plants to an estuary to create a new habitat for the endangered common Hawaiian moorhen as part of a conservation project in Waimea Valley on Friday, August 3, 2012, in Oahu, Hawaii. The Coast Guardsmen volunteered to assist with Waimea Valley conservation specialists in restoring the natural habitat of the moorhen, known as the `alae `ula, of which there are only approximately 500 left on the islands of Oahu and Kauai. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto.
Coast Guardsmen from a communications support unit in Honolulu relocate plants to an estuary to create a new habitat for the endangered common Hawaiian moorhen as part of a conservation project in Waimea Valley on Friday, August 3, 2012, in Oahu, Hawaii. The Coast Guardsmen volunteered to assist with Waimea Valley conservation specialists in restoring the natural habitat of the moorhen, known as the `alae `ula, of which there are only approximately 500 left on the islands of Oahu and Kauai. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony L. Soto.

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