Naval operations supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom began with the U.S. Navy in the summer of 2002. The Navy drew on its plans for combat operations in Iraq, and in September 2002, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command requested U.S. Coast Guard support for combat operations.
Cmdr. Zeita Merchant assumed the duties of the commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit Chicago in July and became the first African-American female in the Coast Guard to command a marine safety unit (MSU). She is also the first female to command an MSU in the Great Lakes.
Aerial view of oil discharged from a crack in a Shell pipeline off the coast of Louisiana. When oil is spilled or hazardous materials are released, Guardians spring into action to mitigate any impacts on the maritime environment and coastal areas. One such oil spill occurred last Saturday evening about 33 miles off the coast