China Boards USCG Cutter - In Multinational Exercise

The Chinese Navy boarded a US Coast Guard cutter off the coast of Hawaii just this past week, but there's nothing to worry about - it's all part of the drill.

The Chinese sailors from the destroyer Haikou boarded the USCG cutter Waesche as part of a counter piracy exercise. Counter piracy is just one of the many exercises that take place during the Rim of the Pacific exercises hosted by the United States off the coast of Hawaii. Read more »

5 Facts About the Coast Guard on D-Day

On this 70th anniversary of the Allied landings on Normandy beach the Coast Guard Compass, the official blog of the USCG, has 5 facts about the Coast Guard's contributions on D-Day.

USCG Patrols Persian Gulf

Unknown to many, US Coast Guard ships have been patrolling the Persian Gulf since 2003, with 6 110-foot Coast Guard cutters and about 300 personnel in the area. Read more »

Is Artic Warming a Nation Security Problem?

With Coast Guard data showing that Alaska has warmed at twice the rate of the lower 48 United States, the Arctic waters are becoming increasingly navigable by all sorts of sea vessels. Read more »

USCG New Commander for Vital 5th District

Rear Adm. Stephen P. Metruck has been installed as the new commander of the Coast Guard’s 5th District, which stretches from central New Jersey to South Carolina.

Although a relatively small coastal area, this is an incredibly active coastline, with one area of responsibility being security around the waters of Washington DC. The last commander of the 5th District, Rear Adm. Steven H. Ratti oversaw more than 75,000 missions and saved over 760 lives in his 2-year tenure.

Rear Adm. Ratti retired following the change of command ceremony.

Coast Guard Wants Larger Anti-Drug Fleet

The Coast Guard wants to seize at least 40% of the estimated 890 metric tons of cocaine that moves between South America and the United States each year. To do that, though, they would need to increase the size of their anti-drug fleet by around 16 ships. Read more »

Tuition Assistance Cap Raised

The Coast Guard has almost doubled the Tuition Assistance cap for sailors pursuing degrees, raising the cap from $2,500 to $4,500 for the rest of the year.

This comes as a surprise to many, since the Coast Guard's budget for Tuition Assistance in 2014 was down from $12 million to only $7.8 million. However, a substantial drop in its usage this year has led to an excess.

The Coast Guard could have reallocated the money to other segments of the Training and Education budget, but felt that the best usage of the money would be to help Coast Guard members improve their education. Read more »

USCG Icebreaker Sent to Assist in Antarctica

A United States Coast Guard heavy icebreaker, the Polar Star, left this past Sunday to help rescue the crew of two other heavy icebreakers trapped near Antarctica. Read more »

US Representative Proposes Commemorative Coin for Coast Guard Museum

US Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT)has proposed legislation for the US Mint to create a coin to honor the United States Coast Guard, with proceeds going to the planned National Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut.

While Rep. Courtney claims to have bipartisan support as well as the Coast Guard and other local officials, time will tell if this legislation is able to make it through Congress.

Coast Guard Trials Possible PT Test

The US Coast Guard is currently testing six exercises for a possible new service-wide fitness test that could start as early as May. Read more »

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Australia readies 90 police for Ukraine crash site

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Iron Dome: Congress OKs $225M package for Israel's defense system

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