Coast Guard Community Relations
Guns up for Inspection
By Tom Hedderich
A Coast Guardsman inspects a recently cleaned .50 caliber machine gun aboard the Cutter Beluga at Base Portsmouth, Va.
Homeported in Little Creek, Va., the Beluga is an 87-foot coastal patrol boat. Its primary missions include search and
rescue, homeland security and law enforcement. The Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane, a medium endurance cutter, is shown in the distance..
Coast Guard Art Collection 2015, ID# 201511
By Karen Loew
Two damage controlmen work to combat flooding in a simulated ship's space at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Yorktown, Va. As members of an extremely diverse rate, damage controlmen have the knowledge and
skills of numerous civilian professional trades, including welding, plumbing, carpentry, and firefighting. They are known throughout the service as the "Jack of all trades
Coast Guard Art Collection 2015, ID# 201512
Small Boats, Big Jobs
By Hugh O’Connor
A boatswain's mate (BM) and crewmember stationed onboard the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, conduct small boat drills off Diamond Head, Hawaii.
BM's are the most versatile members of the service's operational teams and masters of seamanship. They are capable of performing almost any task
in connection with deck maintenance, small boat operations, navigation and supervising all personnel assigned to a ship's deck force.
Coast Guard Art Collection 2015, ID# 201516
Training to Save Lives
By Mara Sfara
Coast Guard rescue swimmers from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City train at dusk in waters off the coast of Atlantic City.
Illumination flares assist an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew to identify the location of the swimmers. A Coast Guard rescue
involves split second decision making and requires precise coordination between the rescue swimmer and the helicopter crew.
On an average day, the Coast Guard saves nine lives and assists 73 people in distress.
Coast Guard Art Collection 2015, ID# 201520
Training for all Hazards
By Leendert van der Pool
Coast Guard crewmembers aboard the Cutter Aspen, a 225-foot buoy tender homeported at Yerba Buena Island, conduct training with members
from the National Strike Force (NSF) Pacific Strike Team stationed in Novato, Calif., on the cutter's spilled oil recovery system equipment
on the San Francisco Bay. The Aspen and other buoy tenders are required to keep this equipment on board in the event of a marine hazardous
Coast Guard Art Collection 2015, ID# 201525
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
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.
We want to hear from you! If the Coast Guard is
doing something that goes beyond the call of duty, we’d love to hear about
it. Contact us
and share your story.
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Last Modified 1/12/2016