The Long Blue Line: 30th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez and Coast Guard’s Environmental Protection Mission

William H. Thiesen, Historian Coast Guard Atlantic Area Thirty years ago on Good Friday, March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez steamed into a reef at 12 knots opening eight of her 10 oil storage tanks to the pristine waters of Prince William Sound, Alaska. The resulting spill of 15 million gallons of crude oil became

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Behind the scenes of devastation: Coast Guard men and women go to extraordinary lengths to aid response and recovery

Whenever disaster hits, Coast Guard operators worked tirelessly on the frontlines to respond to those affected – and behind the scenes, the men and women of Coast Guard Mission Support worked to ensure resources were available at the speed of need. Learn more about their slightly less visible but just as vital role!