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    Record Drug Bust Sheds Light on Security Concerns for Coast Guard

    The U.S. Coast Guard and British Royal Fleet Auxiliary recently seized $37 million worth of cocaine off the coast of the Dominican Republic that was headed to the United States. The success of this interdiction is due in large part to the cooperative efforts of the nations and agencies involved, … More

    Arctic Shield: Coast Guard Looking North

    The Arctic has become a hotbed of interest in recent years. The Coast Guard has recognized this trend and is pursuing more presence in the region, but will its resources be able to keep up with rapidly increasing traffic? Rear Admiral Thomas P. Ostebo, commander of the 17th District of … More

    Laying the Keel for National Security Cutter: The Framework for Maritime Security

    Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Robert Papp recently oversaw the keel laying ceremony of the newest National Security Cutter (NSC), the Hamilton. Fittingly, this vessel is one of the fleet of NSCs to replace the outgoing Hamilton-class cutters, which have been in service since the 1960s. Yet while the outgoing geriatric … More

    On the Outpost of Sovereignty at Sea

    A driving, wind-swept rain pummels the deck of the USCG Stratton. A typical day at sea for the Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter when it plys the Bearing Straits or protects fisheries in America’s Arctic waters. But today the Stratton is not at sea—it’s commissioning day at the pier … More