Week in the life of the Coast Guard

Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests, providing a 24/7 presence along America’s rivers, ports, coastline and on the high seas. But while the Coast Guard’s presence and impact is regional, national and international, our operations are often out of sight.

From July 29 to Aug. 4, 2013, we captured a week in the life of the service to highlight the missions performed by America’s Coast Guard.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the operations but you can also take a look at all the moments captured, in the Mid-Atlantic and Sector Baltimore Facebook pages.

Monday, July 29

Seaman Orion Verity, a crewmember aboard the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Finback, homeported in Cape May, N.J., sands the cutter's bow, July 29, 2013, in preparation for hull repairs. The Finback is moored for a dockside period during which the crew will perform a maintenance overhaul. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham

Seaman Orion Verity, a crewmember aboard the 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Finback, homeported in Cape May, N.J., sands the cutter’s bow, July 29, 2013, in preparation for hull repairs. The Finback is moored for a dockside period during which the crew will perform a maintenance overhaul. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cynthia Oldham

 

Petty Officer 3rd Class David Bruner (left), Seaman Andrew Butcher (middle) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Dan Swartwood prepare to evacuate Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Dodson during a fire drill at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore where Dodson is pretending to be a victim Monday, July 29, 2013. Bruner, Butcher, Swartwood and Dodson, crew members of the Yard's fire department, took part in this and two other drills to maintain proficiencies, qualifications and to improve the ability of the crew. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

Petty Officer 3rd Class David Bruner (left), Seaman Andrew Butcher (middle) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Dan Swartwood prepare to evacuate Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Dodson during a fire drill at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore where Dodson is pretending to be a victim Monday, July 29, 2013. Bruner, Butcher, Swartwood and Dodson, crew members of the Yard’s fire department, took part in this and two other drills to maintain proficiencies, qualifications and to improve the ability of the crew. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

 

Tuesday, July 30

 

Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Murray and Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Eriksen, members of Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, Md., place handcuffs on Senior Chief Petty Officer Philip Robinson, acting as a boater, July 30, 2013, during law enforcement training aboard a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat at the station. The training was performed as part of the station's bi-annual Comprehensive Law Enforcement Assessment of Readiness evaluation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lindberg

Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Murray and Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Eriksen, members of Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, Md., place handcuffs on Senior Chief Petty Officer Philip Robinson, acting as a boater, July 30, 2013, during law enforcement training aboard a Coast Guard Auxiliary boat at the station. The training was performed as part of the station’s bi-annual Comprehensive Law Enforcement Assessment of Readiness evaluation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Lindberg

 

Seaman Jacob Flores (left) and Seaman Mark Paul, crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, pull four sets of mooring bridles that are tied together to a hand truck before the bridles are craned aboard the Rankin, July 30, 2013. The bridles, which weigh approximately 90 pounds a set, are kept at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, where the Rankin is home-ported. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

Seaman Jacob Flores (left) and Seaman Mark Paul, crew members aboard the Coast Guard Cutter James Rankin, pull four sets of mooring bridles that are tied together to a hand truck before the bridles are craned aboard the Rankin, July 30, 2013. The bridles, which weigh approximately 90 pounds a set, are kept at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, where the Rankin is home-ported. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

 

A detail photograph of the patches worn by Petty Officer 1st Class William Lahey, a member of the police department at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, July 30, 2013. The Coast Guard Police is made up of personnel in the Maritime Enforcement rating or those looking to join the rate. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

A detail photograph of the patches worn by Petty Officer 1st Class William Lahey, a member of the police department at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, July 30, 2013. The Coast Guard Police is made up of personnel in the Maritime Enforcement rating or those looking to join the rate. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

 

 

Wednesday, July 31

Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Emley, an aviation survival technician instructor at Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., pulls Airman Rob Emley, an aviation survival technician in training, onto the hoist platform following a training scenario in the pool, July 31, 2013. The training simulated a capsized boat with three people in the water to test the rescuer's ability to triage the victims and get them to safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill

Petty Officer 2nd Class Rob Emley, an aviation survival technician instructor at Aviation Technical Training Center in Elizabeth City, N.C., pulls Airman Rob Emley, an aviation survival technician in training, onto the hoist platform following a training scenario in the pool, July 31, 2013. The training simulated a capsized boat with three people in the water to test the rescuer’s ability to triage the victims and get them to safety. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill

 

Thursday, Aug. 1

Coast Guard civilian employees remove the shaft of the Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender home-ported in Port Huron, Mich., during a dry dock at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Aug. 1, 2013. The Yard is the service's sole shipbuilding and major repair facility, and an essential part of the Coast Guard's core industrial base and fleet support operations. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

Coast Guard civilian employees remove the shaft of the Coast Guard Cutter Hollyhock, a 225-foot seagoing buoy tender home-ported in Port Huron, Mich., during a dry dock at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Aug. 1, 2013. The Yard is the service’s sole shipbuilding and major repair facility, and an essential part of the Coast Guard’s core industrial base and fleet support operations. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

 

Seaman Dani Wilson, a member of Aids to Navigation Team Milford Haven, maintains control of the crane's hook with a tag line aboard a 55-foot Aids to Navigation Boat in Hill's Bay near the station in Hudgins, Va., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2013. The crew got underway to conduct training to increase member's proficiency in maintaining aids to navigation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill

Seaman Dani Wilson, a member of Aids to Navigation Team Milford Haven, maintains control of the crane’s hook with a tag line aboard a 55-foot Aids to Navigation Boat in Hill’s Bay near the station in Hudgins, Va., Thursday, Aug. 2, 2013. The crew got underway to conduct training to increase member’s proficiency in maintaining aids to navigation. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill

 

Friday, Aug. 2

Lt. Brennan Dougherty, a member from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore's prevention team, checks the water intakes to see if there are any obstructions or if the valves don't work during an inspection Aug. 2, 2013. The Coast Guard inspects passenger vessels operating in United States waterways for safety every one to two years. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

Lt. Brennan Dougherty, a member from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore’s prevention team, checks the water intakes to see if there are any obstructions or if the valves don’t work during an inspection Aug. 2, 2013. The Coast Guard inspects passenger vessels operating in United States waterways for safety every one to two years. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin

 

Saturday, Aug. 3

A Coast Guard Auxiliary boat and a Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat-Small are seen early evening at Coast Guard Sta. Crisfield, Crisfield, Md., Aug. 3, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

A Coast Guard Auxiliary boat and a Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat-Small are seen early evening at Coast Guard Sta. Crisfield, Crisfield, Md., Aug. 3, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

 

Sunday, Aug. 4

Coast Guard Fireman Zaarvoni Simanu plots a position on a nautical chart at Sta. Crisfield, Crisfield, Md., Aug. 4, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

Coast Guard Fireman Zaarvoni Simanu plots a position on a nautical chart at Sta. Crisfield, Crisfield, Md., Aug. 4, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lisa Ferdinando

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