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Prioritizing recapitalization of Coast Guard assets

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, a National Security Cutter, prepares to tie up, June 2, 2017, at its homeport in Charleston, S.C. The Hamilton crew returned from a three-month interagency patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and also participated in Fleet Week in New York. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Anthony L. Soto

Recapitalization. It’s a word that gets used regularly in the Coast Guard, but what does it really mean for the service? By prioritizing recapitalization, the Coast Guard is ensuring that it will receive the appropriate assets and systems necessary to successfully meet today’s demands and is laying the framework for continued efforts to replace and enhance the fleet in the decades to come.

Sustaining mission effectiveness as Coast Guard surface fleet transitions

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Tampa's deployable response boat tow an intercepted 'go-fast" vessel from the Cutter Confidence to the Tampa, Feb. 11, 2012.

The U.S. Coast Guard Western Hemisphere Strategy is built around three priorities, combating networks, securing borders and safeguarding commerce. To meet these priorities, the strategy emphasizes the critical importance of offshore vessel and aircraft presence to support effective governance and sovereignty, as well as other concepts to ensure long-term success. That long-term vision relies heavily upon the ongoing acqusition of national security cutters and fast response cutters and future acquisition of offshore patrol cutters by the service but also requires us to lean heavily on an aging medium endurance cutter fleet made up of 210-foot and 270-foot cutters, some of which have been operational for as many as 45 years.

Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell visits “Gateway to the Bahamas”

Coast Guard Cutter Margaret Norvell anchored off the coast of Bimini, known as the "Gateway to the Bahamas." U.S. Coast Guard photo.

With eight of the top 10 most violent nations residing in the Western Hemisphere and transnational organized crime networks acting as non-state actors, relationships between America’s military services and law enforcement agencies with their counterparts throughout the region are more important than ever. And, every Coast Guard port call is an opportunity to build and nurture those critical partnerships.

Evans and Munro reunited in Coast Guard fleet

Commissioing ceremony for the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

“Raymond Evans’ memory, character and legacy is a part of our Coast Guard culture,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft. “Nothing could be more fitting than to commission a fast response cutter in his name – his spirit will live on in the Coast Guard Cutter Raymond Evans.”

Coast Guard to name cutter for BMCS Terrell Horne III

Memorabilia showcased at a memorial service for Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrrell Horne III. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo.

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft announced today the Coast Guard will name a cutter in honor of Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III who died on Dec. 2, 2012, while carrying out law enforcement operations near Santa Cruz, California. The Commandant personally informed the Horne family earlier today a fast response cutter will bear Terrell’s name in honor of his sacrifice and faithful service in defense of his nation.

Coast Guard to name cutter for DC3 Nathan Bruckenthal

U.S. Coast Guard graphic by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kelly Parker.

At an Arlington National Cemetery memorial service marking the 10th anniversary of the death of Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan Bruckenthal, who died during combat operations off the coast of Iraq, Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp announced the U.S. Coast Guard will name a cutter in Bruckenthal’s honor.

A ‘tower of strength’

Stewards-Mate 1st Class Charles David Jr.’s wife, Kathleen, and son, Neil, receive a Navy and Marine Corps Medal awarded posthumously at a ceremony in 1944. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Stewards-Mate 1st Class Charles David Jr.’s wife, Kathleen, and son, Neil, receive a Navy and Marine Corps Medal awarded posthumously at a ceremony in 1944. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Around 1 a.m. on Feb. 3, 1943, German submarine U-223 torpedoed the U.S. Army Transport Dorchester, which carried more than 900 troops, civilian contractors and crew,

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He lived and breathed the Coast Guard

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It was the eve of Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered’s commissioning. The decks were abuzz with anticipation as the crew was just hours away from taking their months of training to the sea. The Coast Guard’s fourth fast response cutter – with its impressive array of capabilities and state-of-the-art technology – will be a sentinel on the shores of our nation. But this sentinel will also be a symbol of valor; the valor of Engineman 1st Class Robert Yered.