Today begins our Week in the Life 2017 series. This series will provide you with an insider’s view of what a typical week looks like for Coast Guard members. We will take you from coast to coast, showing you the different aspects of life in the Coast Guard. From standing watch or training on the water to supporting our frontline operations, we will highlight the day-to-day lives of Coast Guard men and women throughout the country and overseas. Let’s start the journey!
As a unique force with both military and civil authorities, Coast Guard missions touch nearly every facet of the Nation’s strategic maritime interests. Coast Guard authorities, people and assets are essential to national security and economic prosperity.
Have you ever wondered what it is really like to be in the Coast Guard or what we do?
Well, on an average day, the Coast Guard
conducts 45 search and rescue cases
saves 10 lives
saves over $1.2M in property
seizes 874 pounds of cocaine and 214 pounds of marijuana
conducts 57 waterborne patrols of critical maritime infrastructure
interdicts 17 illegal migrants; escorts 5 high-capacity passenger vessels
conducts 24 security boardings in and around U.S. ports
screens 360 merchant vessels for potential security threats prior to arrival in U.S. ports
conducts 14 fisheries conservation boardings
services 82 buoys and fixed aids to navigation
investigates 35 pollution incidents
completes 26 safety examinations on foreign vessels
conducts 105 marine inspections
investigates 14 marine casualties involving commercial vessels
facilitates movement of $8.7B worth of goods and commodities through the Nation’s Maritime Transportation System
But what does that
really look like?
We wanted you to be able to see for yourself, so we captured daily events during the month of February to show you what a typical week in the life of the service is like.
Take a look below, and follow along on the
Compass Blog, Facebook and Instagram throughout this week!
Inspecting a foreign vessel – Boston, Massachusetts
Chief Petty Officer Mark Henricksen and Petty Officer 3rd Class Danielle Montez conduct a safety examination aboard the Liberian-flagged container ship MSC Vaishnavi R. Monday, February 6, 2017 in Boston. Henricksen and Montez are two members of Coast Guard Sector Boston’s Port State Control Examination Team. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham)
Employing damage control – Port Angeles, Washington
Seaman Dylan Hankin, a Coast Guard crewmember aboard the Cutter Swordfish, monitors his shipmate working in the engine room as Station Port Angeles crewmembers aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Small follow the vessel back to the pier in Port Angeles, Wash., Feb. 6, 2017. The 87-foot Protector Class Patrol Boat crew returned to port after the vessel experienced an oil spill in the engine room. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Ali Flockerzi)
Advancement ceremony – Portsmouth, Virginia
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Gianna Ventoza, administrative assistant to Vice Adm. Karl Schultz, commander, Coast Guard Atlantic Area, holds her daughter, Juniper, while mingling with co-workers at the Portsmouth Federal Building in Portsmouth, Virginia, Feb. 13, 2017. Ventoza was selected as the Atlantic’s Area Enlisted Person of the Quarter for Oct. 1, 2016, through Dec. 31, 2016. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki/Released)
Conducting search and rescue – Cedar Key, Florida
Coast Guard Seaman Jennifer Haney, a crew member aboard a 27-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water from Station Yankeetown, Florida, searches for three people aboard a missing aircraft seven miles south of Cedar Key, Florida, Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Coast Guard crews alongside partner agencies began searching for the people after a plane failed to arrive in Cedar Key en route from Brooksville, Florida. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Tappan)
Morning briefing – Warrenton, Oregon
Staff members from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River and Marine Safety Unit Portland, on the television monitor, participate in the morning brief at the sector’s base in Warrenton, Ore., Feb. 13, 2017. The staff meets together twice a week to discuss current operations, statuses and future plans. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.
Departing on deployment – Norfolk, Virginia
Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Benjamin Manning, a maritime enforcement specialist assigned to Port Security Unit 305 based in Fort Eustis, Virginia, holds his baby at the USO inside the airport in Norfolk, Virginia, before departing on a 9-month deployment Feb. 13, 2017. PSU 305, comprised entirely of Coast Guard Reserve members, was formally commissioned on August 19, 1995 at the Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia, and is one of eight PSUs in the Coast Guard. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)
Helicopter hoist – Cold Bay, Alaska
A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cold Bay, Alaska, surveys the area around the fishing vessel Predator prior to hoisting three people off near Akutan Harbor, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2017. The predator ran hard aground, causing it to take on water through an eight inch crack on the hull. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Jon-Paul Rios)
Machinery maintenance – Duluth, Minnesota
Petty Officer 1st Class Pat O’Conner, a machinery technician aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alder, cleans a fuel oil filter strainer plate on the cutter Feb. 13, 2017. There are more than 50 fuel oil filter strainer plates in the engines of the Alder. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Cutter Alder)
Drug offload – San Juan, Puerto Rico
The Coast Guard offloaded Feb. 27, 2017 approximately 4.2 tons of seized cocaine, worth an estimated $125 million in wholesale value, at Coast Guard Sector San Juan. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Joseph Napier seized the contraband and apprehended four Guyanese smugglers following the interdiction of the 70-foot fishing vessel, Lady Michelle, in international waters north of Paramaribo, Suriname Feb. 16, 2017. (Photo courtesy of D.E.A.)
Homecoming – Clearwater, Florida
Port Security Unit 307 members line up in formation during a homecoming ceremony after returning home from a nine-month deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Feb. 27, 2017. While deployed, PSU 307 members performed duties in support of the Joint Task Force’s mission of ensuring the safe, humane, legal, and transparent care and custody of law of war detainees. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll)