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  • Guns up for Inspection 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
  • Damage Control Damage Control
    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 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 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 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 material spill.
    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 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.

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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