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  • Dive locker hull inspection paintingDive locker hull inspection 
    A Regional Dive Locker East diver signals how much air he has remaining after completing the annual hull inspection and cleaning of Coast Guard Cutters Hammerhead and Sailfish, both District One assets. The divers inspected and cleaned the cutters’ hulls, removed line from their propellers and also inspected the ships' anti-corrosion systems. The Coast Guard has regional dive units in Portsmouth, Va., and in San Diego, Calif.
  • Hot refuel evolution aboard the Cutter Bertholf art program paintingHot refuel evolution aboard the Cutter Bertholf
    An Avionics Electrical Technician from Air Station Kodiak communicates with the pilots during a hot refueling evolution on board the Cutter Bertholf. With the rotor blades still whirling and both engines running, hot refueling requires extreme caution and coordination among all participants. An MH-65 Dolphin and crew forward deploy from Air Station Kodiak to the Bertholf during the cutter's Bering Sea patrols.
  • Pre-flight checkoutPre-flight checkout
    A crewmember of the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) from Jacksonville, Fla., checks the equipment and rifles on an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter before heading on mission. Another Dolphin passes overhead. HITRON forward deploys armed helicopters to high threat drug trafficking and high risk security areas.

  • Roger, safety check affirmativeRoger, safety check affirmative
    While on routine patrol, members of Station Curtis Bay, Md., perform small craft safety checks. Crew from the 41-foot utility boat boards a small fishing vessel to ensure that the proper credentials, licenses and safety equipment are aboard and conform to Coast Guard regulations. Ensuring the safety and proper handling of small craft vessels are important parts of the Coast Guard’s many local duties.


The goal of the Coast Guard’s Community Relations is to foster positive relationships within the communities we live and operate. We develop, maintain and improve public understanding and support of the Coast Guard’s missions through interaction with our communities. We support our communities in a variety of ways including partnering with schools, participating in speaking engagements, loaning Coast Guard art to museums, and participating in parades, events and holiday observances. Beyond our local involvement, many national Coast Guard programs give you the opportunity to learn more about who we are and offer us the opportunity to listen to your concerns. 

For more information, please contact your local Public Affairs Office or the Community Relations division at (202) 372-4620.

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