Tag: homeland security

225 years of Service to Nation: Ports, waterways and coastal security

225 Years of Service to Nation

The genesis of the Coast Guard’s ports, waterways and coastal security, or PWCS, mission dates back to 1888 when its predecessor agency, the Revenue Cutter Service, was tasked with the movement and anchorage of vessels in New York.

Focus on the Western Hemisphere: A network approach


Federal agencies and international partners are working tirelessly in the United States and abroad to combat Transnational Organized Crime networks. These efforts have been instrumental in eradicating production facilities and controlling the purchase of precursor chemicals used to make drugs; interrupting mobility corridors when illegal narcotics are being moved to stockpile locations; and integrating efforts to disrupt drug shipments and the distribution chain to impact the network itself.

Remembering 9/11: Adm. James Loy

Adm. Loy

Adm. Loy was commandant at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks. He became commandant of the Coast Guard in May 1998 and served through May 2002. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Telfair Brown. In remembrance of the 9/11 attacks, Coast Guard Compass interviewed Adm. James Loy, 21st commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. As

Continue reading

The case for the national security cutter

Coast Guard Cutters Bertholf and Waesche steaming together off the coast of southern California. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jetta H. Disco. For the past several months, Coast Guard Compass has taken you aboard Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf with reports from the commanding and executive officers on operations in the Bering

Continue reading

Protecting America from threats delivered by sea

Maritime Security Response Team boat crews maneuver into formation during training on Chesapeake Bay, Va. The mission of the MSRT is to provide a short-notice, threat-tailored, maritime response force to deter, protect against, and respond to threats of maritime terrorism and to higher-risk criminal law enforcement threats on the water or in a port. U.S.

Continue reading

Protecting our borders: Southwest border security

NEW ORLEANS - A member of the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team stands watch over a secured area as a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., flies overhead during a training exercise in the Gulf of Mexico. The MSRT is the Coast Guard's advanced interdiction force for higher risk law enforcement and counter-terrorism operations. This image has been altered for security purposes. USCG photo by PA1 Adam Eggers

Crewmembers from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Jarvis, homeported in Honolulu, board and inspect a Self-Propelled Semi-Submersible during an intercept and seizure off the coast of Central America in this file photo. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Maritime Patrol Aircraft detected the SPSS. The 378-foot cutter Jarvis, on patrol in the region, intercepted

Continue reading

Coast Guard conducts first Arctic domain awareness flight of 2010

Earlier this week Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak conducted the first Arctic domain awareness flight of 2010. These bi-weekly flights are critical to informing District 17 command on issues related to homeland security, maritime domain awareness, science research, and sea ice observation. The flights also provide an opportunity to test personnel and equipment capabilities in

Continue reading

Admiral Allen reactivates CGC Polar Star

Admiral Thad W. Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, addresses the media aboard the Polar Class Icebreaker Polar Star during it’s reactivation ceremony in Seattle. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Colin White.) Click the image to watch video of Admiral Allen’s remarks. Yesterday, Admiral Allen reactivated the Coast Guard Cutter Polar

Continue reading

ADM Allen to stress need for maritime security regimes

(File photo) Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Gary Roughead and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen answer questions at the Pentagon. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones) Admiral Thad Allen will stress the need for maritime security regimes as a critical part of a Cooperative Strategy for 21st

Continue reading

New Year, New Career

WASHINGTON- Recenty pinned Maritime Enforcement Specialists pose for a group picture after receiving plaques for their new job rating at Coast Guard Headquarters, Jan. 6, 2010. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA3 Victoria Bonk-Meyers) The New Year marks the beginning of a new career path for some Guardians. As Coast Guard commands across the nation

Continue reading