Coast Guard Cutter Forward, a 270-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Portsmouth, Va., represented the United States alongside their shipmates from the USS Rentz. They were joined by naval forces from Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Germany, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Peru and the United Kingdom.
This month marks the 70th anniversary of a decisive victory for the predecessor of Coast Guard Cutter Spencer. In the uncertain days of World War II, the Coast Guard-manned USS Spencer steamed alongside convoy ships maintaining long lines of food, men and war machines destined for the front lines of Europe. These ships faced a new, elusive enemy: U-boats. These submarines harassed the Allies’ supply lines, attacking at night and vanishing just as quickly. The crew of Spencer lived under constant threat of attack.
The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle moored to the Landungsbruecken Pier in Hamburg, Germany, in celebration of its construction 75 years ago at the Blohm and Voss Shipyards June 5, 2011. The Eagle was originally a training vessel for the Germany Navy. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Brazzell. The U.S. Coast