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Why I Serve: ME1 Brady Osborne


As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team’s direct action section, I have a unique opportunity to be a part of extremely impactful operations. I recently returned from a deployment to the United States Central Command’s area of responsibility in support of counter-piracy operations and was able to experience the massive role and influence the U.S. Coast Guard has in this theater.

A powerful engine for our nation’s economy

Coast Guard Vice Commandant Vice Adm. Sally Brice-O’Hara speaks at the annual Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association luncheon at Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley. International trade is a powerful engine for our nation’s economic growth. As consumers we are all connected to a

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Shipmate of the Week – LT Patrick Armstrong

Vice Adm. Brian Salerno, deputy commandant for operations; Dr. Björn Kjerfve, president of World Maritime University; Lt. Patrick Armstrong, the Coast Guard's first graduate from World Maritime University; and Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer at WMU's graduation ceremony. Photo courtesy of Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer. Written by Lt. Cmdr. Mark Sawyer, World Maritime University. The nation’s

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ADM Papp focused on counter-piracy, Arctic at IMO assembly

This is the second of a three-part series focused on Adm. Bob Papp’s travel to the Middle East and Europe to meet with partner organizations and visit Coast Guard personnel. It was written with contributions by Ademide Adedokun. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp reviews a document with Deputy Commandant for Operations Vice Adm. Brian

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World Maritime Day: Orchestrating the response to piracy

Suspected pirate boat on fire

Members of a visit, board, search and seizure team assigned to USS Gettysburg and Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team South detain suspected pirates after responding to a merchant vessel distress signal while operating in the Combined Maritime Forces area of responsibility in the Gulf of Aden. Department of Defense photo by Mass Communication Specialist

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Strength in training: Counter-piracy

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mason (DDG 87). Official Department of Defense photo.

Maritime Security Response Team boat crews maneuver into formation during training on Chesapeake Bay, Feb. 17, 2011. 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

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Preventing Piracy: The U.S. Response to Piracy

A member of the U.S. Coast Guard maritime safety and security team (MSST) 91104 orders visit, board, search, and seizure (VBSS) and other MSST members to raise their hands during VBSS training near guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) Aug. 26, 2009, in the Gulf of Aden. Anzio is the flagship for Combined Task Force 151, a multinational task force established to conduct counterpiracy operations off the coast of Somalia. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Brian K. Fromal/Released)

A Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment Team and Navy personnel assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team, both assigned to guided-missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain, conduct a pre-counterpiracy operations brief. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Today, Rear Adm. Kevin Cook, director of Prevention Policy, testified before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard & Maritime

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Preventing Piracy: Taking action before attacks occur

piracy map

This map shows piracy and armed robbery incidents reported to the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre during 2011. Click on the image for the latest information on piracy attacks. Map courtesy of International Chamber of Commerce. The April 2009 attack on the U.S. freight vessel Maersk-Alabama reinvigorated America’s awareness of the threats of piracy. In 2010,

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Shipmate of the Week – LT Aaron Renschler

Lt. Renschler

INDIAN OCEAN – Members of the U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment and Combined Task Force 151 board a suspicious dhow March 31, 2010. The members are on board the USS Farragut and part of a multinational task force established to conduct anti-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer

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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

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