Explore the aircraft, cutters and boats used by the Coast Guard to conduct various missions throughout the world.
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Active, a 210-foot medium endurance Reliance-class cutter homeported in Port Angeles, Washington, interdicts more than 1 ton of cocaine from four suspected drug smugglers during a counter-narcotics patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean, Friday, May 18, 2018. Cutters like Active routinely conduct operations from South America to the Bering Sea to perform defense operations, alien migrant interdiction, domestic fisheries protection, search and rescue, counter-narcotics and other Coast Guard missions at great distances from shore keeping threats far from the U.S. mainland. (U.S. Coast Guard Photos by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)
The 210-foot ships were the first true post-World War II Coast Guard cutters. From 1986 to 1996, ships of this class underwent a midlife maintenance availability to upgrade machinery and equipment. The offshore patrol cutters will replace the service's 210-foot endurance cutters.