Explore the aircraft, cutters and boats used by the Coast Guard to conduct various missions throughout the world.
The 225-foot Coast Guard Cutter Oak is underway in Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, Wednesday, March 29, 2017 to replace seasonal aids to navigation. This was Oak's first time operating as a First Coast Guard District Cutter in Northeast waters as the cutter recently moved to its Newport, Rhode Island, homeport from Charleston, South Carolina. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cynthia Oldham)
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender home-ported in Port Huron, Mich., breaks through the ice in the St. Clair River, Feb. 26, 2014. There are nine ice-breaking capable cutters home-ported in the Great Lakes region. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Todd Manow)
Buoy tenders provide light ice breaking in ice-laden domestic waters. They are multi-mission vessels, and conduct maritime law enforcement, homeland security and defense operations, as well as provide search and rescue assistance should the need arise.