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State of the Coast Guard 2019: With our people

Adm. Karl Schultz, Coast Guard commandant, delivers the 2019 State of the Coast Guard Address at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach in San Pedro, Calif., March 21, 2019. Speaking from the largest port in the nation, Schultz highlighted Coast Guard security and marine safety operations, which facilitates $4.6 trillion in annual economic activity. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Seaman Ryan Estrada.

Last month, I had the honor of giving my first State of the Coast Guard Address in Los Angeles where our tremendous men and women protect our Nation’s maritime interests every day.

Throughout my remarks, I tried to highlight our greatest strength, and the cornerstone of our Readiness, the dedicated men and women of the Coast Guard. As I look to the future, I am tremendously optimistic that our Service will remain strong, adaptive, and resilient to the challenges ahead.

A herculean effort

Air Station Sacramento

The HC-130 Hercules aircraft is a mainstay of the United States Coast Guard air fleet. The service’s history with the airplane dates back to 1958, and the “Herc” continues to prove itself time and again. Operated by a crew of seven, the Hercules can airdrop life rafts, deliver critical supplies or survey a coastline after a natural disaster. But for the 190 members stationed at Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, the Hercules does more than just proves itself – it sets the bar for excellence.

California crackdown takes seizures over 50-ton mark


Halting the flow of illegal drugs into the country can seem like a daunting task. However, vigilant Coast Guard crews are undeterred, meeting the challenges of drug interdiction head on. In California, their efforts are paying off. The Coast Guard recently surpassed a 50-ton milestone for marijuana seized at sea off the California coast this fiscal year. There have been 56 seizures of drug-smuggling boats or abandoned maritime drug offloads since October 2011 in the Southern California area; that is four times the amount seized in the same area during the entire previous fiscal year.

Coast Guard continues partnership with HBCUs

A Coast Guardsman from the Deployable Operations Group talks to students attending a Historically Black Colleges and Universities summit. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn. Written by Lt. Cmdr. Zeita Merchant and Petty Officer 2nd Class Walter Shinn. Every day the Coast Guard successfully completes incredibly diverse missions at home

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