The white, blue and red in the shield are colors traditionally used by the Coast Guard. The pile suggests a beacon, representing readiness, preparedness and watchfullness. The leaves refer to the two previous cutters "ELM." The life ring and anchor denote the rich maritime history of the Coast Guard. The life ring signifies the first rescue performed by the Coast Guard on the shoals of Cape Lookout, North Carolina, in March 1915. The black anchor represents sea prowess; its color suggests the location of the cutter in the "Tarheel State" at Atlantic Beach, NC. The ship's motto, "Happiness, Strength and Courage through Faith in Action" is on the scroll.
Welcome aboard the Coast Guard Cutter ELM webpage! ELM is a 225 foot "Juniper" Class Seagoing Buoy Tender. ELM is homeported in Atlantic Beach, NC. The sandy waterfront of Atlantic Beach draws tourists from all across the United States and is home not only to ELM, but to the other Coast Guard units that comprise USCG Base Fort Macon, making it a great place to live and work.
ELM's construction plaque reads "A Ship is only as good as its Crew," so ELM must certainly be the finest ship in the fleet.