Tag: Offshore Patrol Cutter

The Long Blue Line: the Nation’s first fleet, today’s Offshore Patrol Cutters

On Aug. 4, 1790, President George Washington signed legislation establishing a maritime force simply called “the cutters” or “the system of cutters.” Thus was born the United States Revenue Cutter Service, known today as the U.S. Coast Guard. Today, the Coast Guard will embark on a new class of cutters designed to serve a multi-mission role: Offshore Patrol Cutters.

The Coast Guard’s Missing Link

Currently, the 1960s-era 210-foot and the 1980s-era 270-foot medium endurance cutters are the link between the Coast Guard’s national security cutters and fast response cutters. However, this link is under untenable strain, characterized by decreasing readiness and skyrocketing maintenance costs.

Adm. Zukunft testifies before House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security

testimony

Appearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security today, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft testified on funding investments in Coast Guard men and women, the recapitalization of an aging fleet and the sustainment of front-line operations.

2015 State of the Coast Guard Address

2015 State of the Coast Guard Address

Today I delivered my first State of the Coast Guard Address and outlined how America’s Coast Guard will meet the challenges of today while preparing for complexities that remain ahead. In the face of unparalleled demands on the Service, we must: build the 21st century Coast Guard; defeat transnational organized crime; safeguard maritime commerce; operate in the polar regions; maximize return on investment; and drive out sexual assault.

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.

Adm. Papp discusses maritime strategic issues with Adm. Greenert and Gen. Amos

On stage

Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp was joined by Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert to discuss maritime strategic issues during the WEST 2013 Luncheon Town Hall Address in San Diego, Calif. A main point of discussion during the event was the Commander-in-Chief’s strategic guidance that the U.S military “…will of necessity rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region.”

5 drug busts + 2 months = $135 million of cocaine

5 drug busts

Crewmembers aboard Coast Guard Cutter Resolute offload 168 bales of cocaine at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg May 31, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mike De Nyse. What happened when a Coast Guard law enforcement detachment and medium endurance cutter teamed up with a U.S. Navy frigate and Customs and

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