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Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton from Alameda, Calif., unload narcotics from a smuggling vessel intercepted by the crew in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (Coast Guard photo by Cutter Stratton)
Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton from Alameda, Calif., unload narcotics from a smuggling vessel intercepted by the crew in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (Coast Guard photo by Cutter Stratton)
Petty Officer 3rd Class, a maritime enforcement specialist aboard the Coast
Guard Cutter Bertholf, embraces his son after returning from a 95-day
deployment in the Eastern Pacific. The 126-person Alameda-based crew of
Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf interdicted nine smuggling vessels, detained 22
suspected narcotraffickers, and seized over 20,000 pounds of illegal
narcotics while deployed. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class
Loumania Stewart
Petty Officer 3rd Class, a maritime enforcement specialist aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, embraces his son after returning from a 95-day deployment in the Eastern Pacific. The 126-person Alameda-based crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf interdicted nine smuggling vessels, detained 22 suspected narcotraffic ...More
U.S. Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team
(PACTACLET), Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 108 and Sailors assigned to
the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) debark a rigid-hull
inflatable boat after conducting a boarding and inspection of a foreign
fishing vessel as part of Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI).
Spruance, along with the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and
USS Decatur (DDG 73), and embarked "Devil Fish" and "Warbirds" detachments
of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, are deployed as part of a
U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) under Destroyer
Squadron (CDS) 31. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class Will Gaskill/Released)
U.S. Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team (PACTACLET), Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 108 and Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) debark a rigid-hull inflatable boat after conducting a boarding and inspection of a foreign fishing vessel as pa ...More
The Commander of the Cutter Healy addresses the crew during quarters on the flight deck in Seward,
Alaska. Preparing for its second mission, the Cutter Healy embarked a team of
researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego, and
the Office of Naval Research who are deploying an array of acoustic bottom
moorings to collect data on how climate change and decreased ice coverage is
affecting the Arctic Ocean. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd
Class Christopher M. Yaw/Pacific Area External Affairs)
The Commander of the Cutter Healy addresses the crew during quarters on the flight deck in Seward, Alaska. Preparing for its second mission, the Cutter Healy embarked a team of researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego, and the Office of Naval Research who are deploying an array of acous ...More
A Coast Guard Ensign signals the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter during a training
exercise on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton as part of Operation Arctic
Shield 2016. As part of Arctic Shield 2016, the Coast Guard will deploy
cutters, aircraft, and personnel to the region to engage in operations
encompassing a variety of Coast Guard missions across the North Slope. (U.S.
Coast Guard photo by Lt.j.g. Gina Caylor)
A Coast Guard Ensign signals the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter during a training exercise on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton as part of Operation Arctic Shield 2016. As part of Arctic Shield 2016, the Coast Guard will deploy cutters, aircraft, and personnel to the region to engage in operations encompassing ...More
The Coast Guard provided security in the East River in
support of the General Assembly of the UN. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty
Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)
The Coast Guard provided security in the East River in support of the General Assembly of the UN. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)
Coast Guard Cutters Tackle and Thunder Bay pass each other while breaking
ice on the Kennebec River, Maine. The cutters worked in concert to reduce
the risk of flooding by breaking up large sections of ice into manageable
sections that can more easily flow through choke points and out to sea.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone)
Coast Guard Cutters Tackle and Thunder Bay pass each other while breaking ice on the Kennebec River, Maine. The cutters worked in concert to reduce the risk of flooding by breaking up large sections of ice into manageable sections that can more easily flow through choke points and out to sea. (U.S. Coast Guard phot ...More
A U.S. Coast Guard Lt., assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia
(PATFORSWA), talks with commanding officer of the Iraqi Navy Swift Ship (P 302),
before a Maritime Infrastructure Protection Exercise (MIPEX) between U.S.
and Iraqi Navies, and U.S. Coast Guard. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
Specialist 1st Class Benjamin A. Lewis/Released)
A U.S. Coast Guard Lt., assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA), talks with commanding officer of the Iraqi Navy Swift Ship (P 302), before a Maritime Infrastructure Protection Exercise (MIPEX) between U.S. and Iraqi Navies, and U.S. Coast Guard. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Cl ...More
A 1st Class Petty Officer , a diver with Regional Dive Locker Pacific, locates
a ray with a remotely operated vehicle off Honolulu. The crews culminated
several days of training with the remotely operated vehicle by deploying it
in the ocean near Oahu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara
Mooers)
A 1st Class Petty Officer , a diver with Regional Dive Locker Pacific, locates a ray with a remotely operated vehicle off Honolulu. The crews culminated several days of training with the remotely operated vehicle by deploying it in the ocean near Oahu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers)
Coast Guardsmen from the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton from Alameda, Calif., unload narcotics from a smuggling vessel intercepted by the crew in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. (Coast Guard photo by Cutter Stratton)
Petty Officer 3rd Class, a maritime enforcement specialist aboard the Coast
Guard Cutter Bertholf, embraces his son after returning from a 95-day
deployment in the Eastern Pacific. The 126-person Alameda-based crew of
Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf interdicted nine smuggling vessels, detained 22
suspected narcotraffickers, and seized over 20,000 pounds of illegal
narcotics while deployed. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class
Loumania Stewart
U.S. Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team
(PACTACLET), Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 108 and Sailors assigned to
the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111) debark a rigid-hull
inflatable boat after conducting a boarding and inspection of a foreign
fishing vessel as part of Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI).
Spruance, along with the guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and
USS Decatur (DDG 73), and embarked "Devil Fish" and "Warbirds" detachments
of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 49, are deployed as part of a
U.S. 3rd Fleet Pacific Surface Action Group (PAC SAG) under Destroyer
Squadron (CDS) 31. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd
Class Will Gaskill/Released)
The Commander of the Cutter Healy addresses the crew during quarters on the flight deck in Seward,
Alaska. Preparing for its second mission, the Cutter Healy embarked a team of
researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC-San Diego, and
the Office of Naval Research who are deploying an array of acoustic bottom
moorings to collect data on how climate change and decreased ice coverage is
affecting the Arctic Ocean. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd
Class Christopher M. Yaw/Pacific Area External Affairs)
A Coast Guard Ensign signals the crew of a Coast Guard helicopter during a training
exercise on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Stratton as part of Operation Arctic
Shield 2016. As part of Arctic Shield 2016, the Coast Guard will deploy
cutters, aircraft, and personnel to the region to engage in operations
encompassing a variety of Coast Guard missions across the North Slope. (U.S.
Coast Guard photo by Lt.j.g. Gina Caylor)
The Coast Guard provided security in the East River in
support of the General Assembly of the UN. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty
Officer 3rd Class Steve Strohmaier)
Coast Guard Cutters Tackle and Thunder Bay pass each other while breaking
ice on the Kennebec River, Maine. The cutters worked in concert to reduce
the risk of flooding by breaking up large sections of ice into manageable
sections that can more easily flow through choke points and out to sea.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone)
A U.S. Coast Guard Lt., assigned to Patrol Forces Southwest Asia
(PATFORSWA), talks with commanding officer of the Iraqi Navy Swift Ship (P 302),
before a Maritime Infrastructure Protection Exercise (MIPEX) between U.S.
and Iraqi Navies, and U.S. Coast Guard. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication
Specialist 1st Class Benjamin A. Lewis/Released)
A 1st Class Petty Officer , a diver with Regional Dive Locker Pacific, locates
a ray with a remotely operated vehicle off Honolulu. The crews culminated
several days of training with the remotely operated vehicle by deploying it
in the ocean near Oahu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara
Mooers)

Domestic Force Laydown

The Coast Guard is divided into two geographic commands, the Atlantic Area and Pacific Area. The Areas are further divided into nine district commands. The Atlantic Area includes five district commands covering the Eastern United States, the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. The Pacific Area includes four district commands covering the Western United States and the Pacific Ocean.

International Force Laydown

The Coast Guard’s permanent international units are depicted above. Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORSWA) is the Coast Guard’s largest unit outside of the United States. PATFORSWA is currently supporting the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet in Operation Enduring Freedom. The Coast Guard has two commands (Activities Europe and Activities Far East) that support the Coast Guard’s Maritime Safety and Security mission conducting marine inspection, marine investigation, and international port security operations to ensure the integrity of the Maritime Transportation System. The Coast Guard also has personnel assigned to eight DoD Combatant Commands and often has a presence on all seven continents and the world’s oceans, projecting national sovereignty with our icebreakers, national security cutters, high-endurance cutters, aviation assets, and deployable specialized forces.