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The Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) is critical to the future of the Coast Guard’s offshore fleet and will replace the service’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters, some that are in excess of 50 years old. The Coast Guard awarded a contract to Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., of Panama City, Florida, Sept. 15, 2016, for the production of the lead OPC and up to eight follow-on cutters. The OPC is a pivotal element to our Western Hemisphere Strategy. The Coast Guard interdicts more illegal drugs than all other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies combined. A key element of our offshore enforcement strategy is the presence of flight deck-capable ships with a robust communications suite and sea-keeping ability, capable of operating in the farthest reaches of the drug transit zone. The OPC is designed to fill this need. (Eastern Shipbuilding image)
The Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) is critical to the future of the Coast Guard’s offshore fleet and will replace the service’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters, some that are in excess of 50 years old. The Coast Guard awarded a contract to Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., of Panama City, Florida, Sept. 15, 2016, ...More
Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew seized approximately $141 million worth of contraband. These counter-drug interdictions were carried out as part of Operation Martillo, an international operation focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land, and maritime assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and Western Hemisphere and European partner nation agencies to counter illicit trafficking. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/CGC Valiant)
Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew seized approximately $141 million worth of contraband. These counter-drug interdictions were carried out as part of Operation Martillo, an international operation focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land, and maritime assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, the ...More
A Coast Guard public affairs officer, speaks to an audience during a ceremony at U.S. Attorney's Office Middle District of Florida where an interagency team received the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award for their efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations involved in drug trafficking. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)
A Coast Guard public affairs officer, speaks to an audience during a ceremony at U.S. Attorney's Office Middle District of Florida where an interagency team received the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award for their efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations involved in drug trafficking. (U.S. Co ...More
The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous transits the water near Virginia Beach, Virginia. Vigorous returned home following a 55-day deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of the Coast Guard's Western Hemisphere Strategy. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)
The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous transits the water near Virginia Beach, Virginia. Vigorous returned home following a 55-day deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of the Coast Guard's Western Hemisphere Strategy. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)
The Coast Guard's Cyber Strategy emphasizes three strategic priorities: Defending Cyberspace, Enabling Operations, and Protecting Infrastructure. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith)
The Coast Guard's Cyber Strategy emphasizes three strategic priorities: Defending Cyberspace, Enabling Operations, and Protecting Infrastructure. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith)
Alaska Air National Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue personnel load simulated casualties onto an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak during exercise Arctic Chinook, near Kotzebue, Alaska. Arctic Chinook is a joint U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Northern Command sponsored exercise which focuses on multinational search and rescue readiness to respond to a mass rescue operation requirement in the Arctic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt, Edward Eagerton)
Alaska Air National Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue personnel load simulated casualties onto an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak during exercise Arctic Chinook, near Kotzebue, Alaska. Arctic Chinook is a joint U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Northern Command sponsored exe ...More
Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot icebreaker homeported in Seattle, conducts operations in the southern Arctic. The Coast Guard is responsible for ensuring safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in U.S. Arctic waters.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Menden)
Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot icebreaker homeported in Seattle, conducts operations in the southern Arctic. The Coast Guard is responsible for ensuring safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in U.S. Arctic waters. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Menden)
As new challenges arise associated with increasing maritime commerce, the
Coast Guard will continue to promote a safe, efficient and resilient Marine
Transportation System. Coast Guard members from Aids to Navigation Team
Puget Sound, in Seattle, and the Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, homeported
in Everett, Wash., work together to align a bucket full of concrete
suspended from a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
over the Ewing Island Reef in Washington. The concrete creates a foundation
for a reconstructed Ewing Island Danger Daybeacon, which will replace the
floating aid to navigation known as the Ewing Island Reef Danger Buoy.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross)
As new challenges arise associated with increasing maritime commerce, the Coast Guard will continue to promote a safe, efficient and resilient Marine Transportation System. Coast Guard members from Aids to Navigation Team Puget Sound, in Seattle, and the Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, homeported in Everett, Wash., ...More
The Coast Guard Academy graduates approximately 200 officers every year.  These new officers will be key to implementing the Human Capital Strategy’s 10-year course, ensuring a thriving and effective workforce prepared for the complexities of tomorrow.
The Coast Guard Academy graduates approximately 200 officers every year. These new officers will be key to implementing the Human Capital Strategy’s 10-year course, ensuring a thriving and effective workforce prepared for the complexities of tomorrow.
The Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) is critical to the future of the Coast Guard’s offshore fleet and will replace the service’s aging fleet of medium endurance cutters, some that are in excess of 50 years old. The Coast Guard awarded a contract to Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., of Panama City, Florida, Sept. 15, 2016, for the production of the lead OPC and up to eight follow-on cutters. The OPC is a pivotal element to our Western Hemisphere Strategy. The Coast Guard interdicts more illegal drugs than all other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies combined. A key element of our offshore enforcement strategy is the presence of flight deck-capable ships with a robust communications suite and sea-keeping ability, capable of operating in the farthest reaches of the drug transit zone. The OPC is designed to fill this need. (Eastern Shipbuilding image)
Coast Guard Cutter Valiant crew seized approximately $141 million worth of contraband. These counter-drug interdictions were carried out as part of Operation Martillo, an international operation focused on sharing information and bringing together air, land, and maritime assets from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and Western Hemisphere and European partner nation agencies to counter illicit trafficking. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/CGC Valiant)
A Coast Guard public affairs officer, speaks to an audience during a ceremony at U.S. Attorney's Office Middle District of Florida where an interagency team received the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award for their efforts to combat transnational criminal organizations involved in drug trafficking. (U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael De Nyse)
The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous transits the water near Virginia Beach, Virginia. Vigorous returned home following a 55-day deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in support of the Coast Guard's Western Hemisphere Strategy. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake)
The Coast Guard's Cyber Strategy emphasizes three strategic priorities: Defending Cyberspace, Enabling Operations, and Protecting Infrastructure. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Etta Smith)
Alaska Air National Guard and Royal Canadian Air Force search and rescue personnel load simulated casualties onto an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak during exercise Arctic Chinook, near Kotzebue, Alaska. Arctic Chinook is a joint U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Northern Command sponsored exercise which focuses on multinational search and rescue readiness to respond to a mass rescue operation requirement in the Arctic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt, Edward Eagerton)
Coast Guard Cutter Healy, a 420-foot icebreaker homeported in Seattle, conducts operations in the southern Arctic. The Coast Guard is responsible for ensuring safe, secure, and environmentally responsible maritime activity in U.S. Arctic waters.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Menden)
As new challenges arise associated with increasing maritime commerce, the
Coast Guard will continue to promote a safe, efficient and resilient Marine
Transportation System. Coast Guard members from Aids to Navigation Team
Puget Sound, in Seattle, and the Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake, homeported
in Everett, Wash., work together to align a bucket full of concrete
suspended from a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter
over the Ewing Island Reef in Washington. The concrete creates a foundation
for a reconstructed Ewing Island Danger Daybeacon, which will replace the
floating aid to navigation known as the Ewing Island Reef Danger Buoy.
(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Norcross)
The Coast Guard Academy graduates approximately 200 officers every year.  These new officers will be key to implementing the Human Capital Strategy’s 10-year course, ensuring a thriving and effective workforce prepared for the complexities of tomorrow.

“Two years ago, I issued my Commandant’s Direction which introduced three principles characterizing our organizational focus: Service to Nation, Duty to People, and Commitment to Excellence. One year later, I promulgated my Strategic Intent 2015-2019, outlining our highest priorities and the investments required to meet them.”
- Admiral Paul. F. Zukunft, Commandant’s Strategic Intent 2015-2019 Mid-Term Report

Explore below for information on the United States Coast Guard’s Strategic Priorities and Legislative Agenda.

Strategic Priorities

In the Commandant’s Strategic Intent 2015-2019, we are called to fulfill our Service’s responsibility to ensure the safety, security, and stewardship of our Nation’s waters. To do this, the Coast Guard must: understand our strategic environment, adapt to the strategic challenges in all domains, and achieve and maintain a resilient service that is always ready for the realities of the 21st century.

In conjunction with our Strategic Priorities, the Legislative Agenda for the second session of the 114th Congress, and the 115th Congress are:

Legislative Agenda

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