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The Long Blue Line: Vigilant – distinguished name, OPC namesake

Picture of the medium endurance cutter Vigilant, homeported in Cape Canaveral, Fla. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The Coast Guard commissioned the 210-foot Medium Endurance Cutter Vigilant (WMEC-617) in 1964, which means it has served this nation nearly 55 years. During those many years, the cutter has performed the missions of maritime law enforcement, search and rescue, homeland security, national defense and international engagement. The Coast Guard will soon build the “Heritage”-Class 360-foot Offshore Patrol Cutters with Vigilant as the 10th in the first flight of OPCs and 11th service vessel to bear this name.

PSU 309, Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant team up to interdict illegal drugs

Nineteen packages of marijuana float near Naval Station Guantanamo Bay after being jettisoned off a small boat in June 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guard service members from Port Security Unit 309 and Coast Guard Cutter Vigilant often conduct missions very different from each other. Despite having different missions, these units often operate jointly with other Coast Guard assets and with international partners. In early June, members from both units collaborated to interdict illegal drugs approximately one mile from Naval Station Guantanamo Bay’s shoreline.

The Long Blue Line: Vigilant – 10 Coast Guard vessels, 1 name

This blog is part of a series honoring the long blue line of Coast Guard men and women who served before us. Stay tuned as we highlight the customs, traditions, history and heritage of the Coast Guard. William H. Thiesen, Ph.D. Atlantic Area Historian Color illustration of a 1791 cutter under sail. Coast Guard Collection.

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The Long Blue Line: Cutter Vigilant and Master John Cahoone

During the War of 1812, Capt. John Cahoone and his crew proved over 200 years ago the value of cutters in a combat role. Cahoone and his men were a few of the many brave cuttermen of the long blue line who have gone in harm’s way to defend the nation in time of war when they captured the British enemy vessel Dart.

Ringing in the New Year with rhyme: Afloat


On New Year’s Eve the midnight log entry at a Coast Guard unit takes on a life of its own and is traditionally written as a poem. The Compass reached out to those standing the mid-watch to share the tradition of applying verse to the ship’s log as we all rung in 2013.

On guard for America: Coast Guard Cutter Diligence

Coast Guard Cutters Vigilant and Diligence conduct an at sea relief in the Windward Passage during a homeland security patrol. The Winward Passage connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Written by Cmdr. D. Goodwin, commanding officer of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence. If you live on our nation’s coasts, it

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War of 1812: Cutters thwart privateering

To best understand the environment in 1812, it’s worth looking at what was happening in our nation’s brown water ports and harbors as well as on the high seas. It’s been said that the War of 1812 was the second phase of the American Revolution.

People’s Choice – Photo Contest, Round 4

2010 Photo Contest

We are half way through our list of 40 nominations for this year’s Coast Guard Photo Contest People’s Choice award. Below is the next set of photos taking you behind the scenes and into the daily lives of your Coast Guard men and women… To vote, just click on the picture(s) below that you like

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Ringing in the new year with rhyme: Afloat

Let freedom ring

The Coast Guard as a service embraces many traditions that binds us together and enriches our heritage. One of these maritime traditions falls but once a year, on New Year’s Eve, and allows watchstanders to show their penchant for prose as they write log entries in rhyme. Writing a log entry onboard a Coast Guard

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itCG – 3 saved from sinking ship, major drug bust, 1st female rescue swimmer retires, home for the holidays

COAST GUARD AIR STATION SAN FRANCISCO – A petty officer performs a safety and functions check of the M14 rifle prior to departing for a ports, waterways and coastal security (PWCS) flight. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson) Click the image to watch video of the patrol flight. Guardians rescued

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