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    Default United States Coast Guard Picture Thread!

    [FONT=Trebuchet MS]I have tons of USCG pictures that I've saved throughout the years, figured might as well put them to use.

    I'll post some hopefully everyday.

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    Two members of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 stand watch at a checkpoint. Currently deployed to the region to help protect the Port of Ash Shuaiba and the coalition ships. USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belson


    Chief Boatswain's Mate Andrew OConnell, keeps a look out for possible threats while on a patrol with the USCGC Baranof, a 110-foot patrol boat from Miami, Fla. Coast Guard Port Security Units are comprised mostly of reservists and are often deployed overseas to protect strategic ports used by the U.S. Navy and coalition forces. The Coast Guard also has deployed four 110-foot patrol boats to the Arabian Gulf to assist the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet with Maritime Interdiction Operations. USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belson


    Machinery Technician 2nd Class Mike Ransdell,keeps a look out for possible threats during a high speed security patrol. Ransdell is a member of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307. USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belson.


    Port Security Specialist 3rd Class Rafael Ortiz, and Port Security Specialist 2nd Class Mike Burch, of Coast Guard Port Security Unit 307 stand watch at a checkpoint. USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belson


    Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Robby Peterson, 24, from Clearwater, Fla., keeps a look out for possible threats during a high-speed security patrol. USCG Photo by PA1 Matthew Belson


    Machinery Technician Third Class Jason Schmitz prepares a 50. caliber machine gun on board the Coast Guard cutter Baranof before departing for patrol Wednesday, March 12, 2003. Approximately 650 Coast Guardsmen on six cutters and two Port Security Units are serving in the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


    A living space for Coast Guard Port Security Unit 311 personnel on the Khawr al Amaya oil terminal off the coast of Iraq April 10, 2003.
    Many Port Security personnel choose to live in the large pipes (right) on the terminal that protect them from the large rats that also reside on the terminal.


    Personnel from Port Security Unit 313, out of Tacoma Wa., on the Mina al Bakr oil terminal in the North Arabian Gulf off the coast of Iraq March 07, 2003.


    Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeffery Wildes directs Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 during the morning brief Saturday, training members for Tactical Boat Crew Qualifications that are necessary to ensure every member has the proper knowledge to perform their important roles in protecting American-occupied waterways and ports. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin)


    Petty Officer 1st Class Bryan Hoffman leads Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 back to their homeport in Tacoma, Wash., after conducting a boat tactics exercise July 13 and 14 in Port Townsend Bay off the shore of Naval Magazine Indian Island. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class David R. Marin)


    Petty Officer 2nd Class David Roach fires blank ammunition from a 240B machine gun, during Coast Guard Port Security 313 training at the Naval Magazine Indian Island. As part of the training, the crew members spent four days living in tents and were required to fire weapons using 7.62mm and .50 caliber blanks.


    Petty Officer 3rd Class John Shriver maneuvers a 25-foot Trailerable Response Boat while Seaman Edward Melrose and Petty Officer 3rd Class William Procter hold on, during Coast Guard Port Security Unit 313 training at the Naval Magazine Indian Island.
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    A Coast Guard helicopter from Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville maneuvers over a Coast Guard tactical training boat. After the pilots get the helicopter in to position, a gunner aboard the helicopter will simulate shooting out the engines of the boat. The tactical training boat is designed to mirror a high-speed drug smuggling boat used in the Eastern Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea known as a go-fast. Aircrews from HITRON deploy aboard Coast Guard cutters to known drug transit zones through out the Pacific and the Caribbean stopping smugglers. The armed helicopter interdiction unit has stopped 114 go-fasts since 1998 preventing more than $8 billion worth of illegal narcotics from hitting U.S. streets. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska






    Petty Officer 1st Class Nghiep Trang of Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville aims his sights in the path of a Coast Guard tactical training boat. Trang is a precision gunner at HITRON that shoots the engines of fleeing drug smuggling boats known as go-fasts, and he will shoot his machine in the path of a go-fast as means to warn them to stop. The tactical training boat is a speed-boat specially designed to resemble and perform like a go-fast. Trang is a Detroit native and has thwarted two drug smuggling attempts using his gun. The HITRON aircrew was preparing for an upcoming deployment. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska


    Coast Guard and FEMA crews load a C-130 aircraft with palettes of cots and blankets to be flown from Moffett Field here to San Diego for the people who have been displaced from their homes by the raging wildfires there. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Kevin J. Neff)


    Atlantic Strike Team members use cargo straps to tie down their personal equipment pallet before it is loaded on an HC-130J Hercules aircraft at the St. Croix Airport Aug. 31, 2007. Fourteen members of the AST flew to St. Croix to participate in team training and two exercises involving the Port Authority, Havensa and local Coast Guard units.


    The Coast Guard accepted delivery of the first upgraded HC-130J long-range surveillance maritime patrol aircraft Friday. The aircraft's new mission equipment and sensor packages are designed to deliver enhanced search, detection and tracking capabilities to perform maritime search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and homeland security missions. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin.






    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (March 6, 2005) Petty Officer Second Class Brett Salter of MSST 91103 San Pedro prepares to advance to the bridge of the Coast Guard Cutter TERN during a Special Surface and Airborne Use of Force exercise in San Francisco Bay. The TERN served as a non-compliant vessel on which MSST members performed a vertical insertion and a boarding by boat. USCG Photo by PA1 Alan Haraf.


    As Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jarret Kenning of Maritime Safety and Security Team New York follows behind, Petty Officer 3rd Class Rick Hodges, also of MSST New York, leads his explosive-detecting dog, Mynx, through a line of cars waiting to board the Cat ferry to Nova Scotia at the Portland International Marine Terminal Friday, August 17.


    USS JOHN C. STENNIS, crew members transport an injured civilian from a US Coast Guard HH-60J Jayhawk helicopter, to medical facilities aboard ship. The STENNIS assisted in the rescue operations, while underway conducting training in the Pacific Ocean.


    A Coast Guard HH-60 performs a search and rescue, demonstration following the annual Alaska Day Parade on October 18, 2007. The rescue swimmer is deployed to recover a person simulating distress in the water, displaying rescue techniques that would be used in an actual SAR case. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Eric J. Chandler)


    A U.S. Coast Guard HH-60J Jayhawk search and rescue helicopter, from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka, conducts a search and rescue flight training exercise over Sitka Sound, on Dec. 11, 2006. Mount Edgecumbe, a long-dormant volcano located on Kruzof Island, Alexander Archipelago, Alaska, is seen in the far background. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aviation Electronics Technician 1st Class William Greer) (Released)
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    nice shots dude!!

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    Isn't this a MacMillan M88 .50 cal sniper rifle ?



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    BOSTON- Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Mitchell, a rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., is hoisted back into a Jayhawk helicopter after retrieving Oscar, a rescue training dummy, 50 miles east of Boston, March 25, 2008. The Air Station worked with Coast Guard Cutter Tigershark, home-ported in Newport, R.I., Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, home-ported in Boston, and Vaedderen, a Royal Danish Naval ship, to locate the rescue dummy.


    BOSTON - Petty Officer 3rd Class John Brennan, a rescue swimmer at Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Mass., looks out the window after dropping off three technical representatives and a Coast Guard inspector to the disabled LNG tanker, Catalunya Spirit. The tanker lost propulsion Feb. 11, 2008, and became adrift off the coast of Chatham Mass. (Coast Guard photo/PA3 Connie Terrell)


    Petty Officer 2nd Class Erick Lieb is hoisted up to a Jayhawk helicopter after recovering "Sponge Bob" a dummy used for practicing in water rescues. PO2 Lieb performed to simulated rescues by jumping from the helicopter and two by being lowered using the hoist. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin


    KODIAK, Alaska - A photograph of the crew members of "Coast Guard Rescue 6007." Photograph was taken at the conclusion of an eight and a half hour rescue mission, during which the crew battled darkness, snow storms, 30 knot winds and 20 foot seas while recovering 17 crew members of the Fishing Vessel Alaska Ranger.


    NORTH ARABIAN GULF--Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Wittman, a boatswains mate, and Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Crawford, a gunners mate, conduct rescue swimmer training in the North Arabian Gulf, Aug. 16. Both Wittman and Crawford are stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Maui currently deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Maui is conducting Maritime Security Operations in the gulf as apart of Combined Task Force 158. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Ltjg. Peter Lang.


    Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Ariola, a helicopter rescue swimmer from Air Station Savannah, hones his skills in Charleston Harbor, S.C., during a training mission. The crew of the Coast Guard rescue helicopter was on their way to Air Station Savanna's northern staging area - Air Facility Charleston. Coast Guard photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska, PADET Jacksonville, Fla.


    Two Coast Guard helicopter rescue swimmers from Air Station Savannah practice approaches and releases at Air Station Savannah. The swimmer in the flight suit is playing the role of a panicked aviator. The swimmer to the right is fight to keep the victim from taking him under. Coast Guard photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska, PADET Jacksonville, Fla.

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    Awesome thread, keep em coming.

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    A US Coast Guard HH-65A Dolphin, Search and Rescue helicopter, prepares to lift off from the flight deck aboard the USS CONSTELLATION, while conducting Maritime Interdiction Operations in the Persian Gulf in support of UN sanctions on Iraq.


    HAMILTON PATROL


    The crew of the 378-foot High Endurance Cutter Hamilton, conduct aircraft emergency training with a MH-68A from the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON), Jacksonville, Fla. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Jetta H. Disco)


    Crewmembers, from the 378-foot High Endurance Cutter Hamilton, release the primary tie-down straps that secure the MH-68 helicopter (HITRON) to the flight deck of the Hamilton. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Jetta H. Disco)


    Stingray helicopters from the Helicopter interdiction Squadron await repairs in HITRON's hangar in Jacksonville, Fla. Since it was formed the armed helicopter unit has helped stop $7.7 billion worth of illegal drugs from entering the U.S. in 98 seperate busts. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska.

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    Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class John Spada from Marine Safety and Security Team 91106 mans his weapon on a 25-foot tactical operations boat as another MSST boat circles around him during a movie shoot in New York Harbor June 19, 2007.


    BROWNSVILLE, Texas - Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston, Texas, patrols the Brownsville Ship Channel as approximately 120 Mexican shrimp boats seek safe harbor in the port from Hurricane Dean Aug. 22, 2007.




    Members of Marine Safety and Security Team San Francisco take a ride aboard an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Ore. The highly trained team conducts security checks by performing vertical insertions onto large container vessels. (Official Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer David R. Marin)








    Members of Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team 91108 hone their tactical movement and shooting techniques inside a simulated ship on Naval Station Mayport Jan. 11, 2008. The MSST members use simunitions to make the training as real and safe as possible.

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    Fun trivia: Only about six countries have a navy bigger than the U.S. Coast Guard.

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    Seaman Thomas Chegin of the Cutter Dallas ensures security for his shipmates while they offload more than 9,000 pounds of cocaine at Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The crew turned 185 bales of cocaine to federal agents. Approximately 450 pounds of the cocaine was seized by law enforcement crews of the Dallas after they thwarted an apparent attempt by smugglers drop the drugs to a small smuggling boat from an airplane. The rest of the cocaine was seized in two busts in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. USCG photo by PA1 Donnie Brzuska


    Drug smugglers on a go-fast boat toss bales of drugs overboard while being chased by the Coast Guard


    Crewmembers from Air Stations Sacramento and Elizabeth City document as part of the more than 20 tons of cocaine is loaded onto a C-130 before being flown to Miami for destruction. The contraband was offloaded earlier in the day on Coast Guard Island from the cutter Sherman which confiscated the drugs during three drug busts in the Eastern Pacific.


    A joint law enforcement team from the Coast Guard, DEA, National Marine Fisheries Service and Alaska State Troopers conducted a boarding on the fishing vessel Sea Hunter in Seward. They were looking for drugs, guns and illegally caught fish. The master of the vessel was arrested and taken into custody by the Alaska State Troopers.


    Members of the Cutter Forward, stand watch over approximately $52 million of pure cocaine March 7, 2008. The crew of the Forward offloaded approximately 1,630 pounds of cocaine and turned over seven suspected smugglers to federal agents for prosecution at Naval Station Mayport. The Cutter Forward found the drugs in a hidden compartment on the fishing vessel Miss Allysa in the Western Caribbean.


    A crewmember on Coast Guard Island prepares to move a pallet containg bales of cocaine following an offload of more than 20 tons of the contraband from the CGC Sherman. The drugs, which were confiscated during a patrol in the Eastern Pacific, were loaded onto trucks, transported to a nearby airport, and flown to Miami to be destroyed.


    Petty Officer 3rd Class Christopher O'Brien, an aviation maintenance technician assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Miami, stands a vigilant watch over the waters of South Florida during a law enforcement patrol. O'Brien looks for anything suspicious, such as boats that may be carrying drugs, migrants or other forms of contraband. The crew members also watch for vessels that may be in distress. USCG photo by PA3 James Judge


    More than 30,000 pounds of pure cocaine sit on the pier next to the USS McInerney (FFG-8) just after it was offloaded. The $3.9 billion in drugs were seized in two separate busts in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Coast Guard and Navy turned the drugs over Drug Enforcement Agents to have the drugs destroyed and used for prosecution. Coast Guard photograph by PA2 Bobby Nash.


    Members of the Coast Guard Cutter Forward, from Portsmouth, Va., prepare to offload approximately $52 million of pure cocaine. The crew of the Forward offloaded approximately 1,630 pounds of cocaine and turned over seven suspected smugglers to federal agents for prosecution at Naval Station Mayport.


    Crewmembers aboard the CGC Sherman prepare to hoist more than 550 bales of cocaine from below deck during a drug offload on Coast Guard Island. The bales represented more than 20 tons of the contraband which was confiscated during a patrol in the Eastern Pacific. The drugs were later flown on two Coast Guard C-130s to Miami to be destroyed. (Photo by PA1 Alan Haraf)

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    [FONT=Trebuchet MS]Little Known fact is that in the early 1990's the Cutter Mellon was fitted with Harpoon missles as a test to see if it was feesable, it was scrapped because of financial reasons. The cutter was also outfitted with Mark 46 torpedos as well, and also scrapped.[/FONT]

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    Post-fired 76mm shell casings rest on the deck of Escanaba's deck. Each 76mm round weighs approximately 35 pounds.


    GMC James G. Guerette checks the control consol of the 76mm gun mounted on the bow of the CGC Midgett (WHEC 721).


    The Coast Guard Cutter Tampa's 76mm gun blasts a projectile at a moving target during live-fire exercises. Participants took turns firing at "robo-ski," a small, remote-controlled jet ski. Tampa gunners hit the target every time.


    The MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin fires a two second burst during a live-fire exercise off the coast of Mayport, Fla., April 26, 2005. The "Sea whiz" can fire 77 rounds per second and is designed to engage anti-ship cruise missiles and fixed-winged aircraft at short range. Pictured is a fire burst from the 20 mm guns and a round of ammunition as it races to its target. The Gallatin, a 378-foot cutter, is homeported in Charleston, S.C. and is in Mayport for Tailored Annual Cutter Training .


    Petty Officer 3rd Class Zachary Thompson (far left), Seaman Perry Shaw (top), Petty Officer 2nd Class Tim Manske (middle) and Petty Officer 3rd Class Moises Ruiz (far right) of the Coast Guard Cutter Gallatin load the MK 15 Phalanx Close-In Weapons System (CIWS) for a live-fire exercise off the coast of Mayport, Fla

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    Very interesting thread Brian. Thank you

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    Unlike the majority of previous cutters built before World War II, the 255-foot cutters, launched and commissioned between 1944 and 1946, were constructed as heavily armed warships. The Owasco carried two twin 5"/38 dual purpose guns as her main battery and a heavy anti-aircraft armament consisting of two quad 40mm/60 cannons and four 20mm/80 cannons. Her anti-submarine armament consisted of 2 depth charge tracks, six "Y" guns and a hedgehog. Their displacement was similar to a Fletcher Class destroyer but were 122 feet shorter and three feet wider.


    With the outbreak of the Korean War and a consequent increase in the numbers of ocean stations set up in the North Pacific, the Coast Guard looked for a way to augment quickly the existing limited cutter fleet, considerably downsized during the post-war demobilization mania. The Navy's extensive mothball fleet proved to be a good source of readily available warships and the Coast Guard duly accepted twelve destroyer escorts of World War II vintage. Unlike the destroyer escorts manned by Coast Guard crews during World War II, these were painted white and commissioned as Coast Guard cutters. They were decommissioned in the mid-1950's.


    The larger cutters also included a number of vessels brought into service for a specific task. The Courier was a Cold War "warrior" commissioned into the Coast Guard fleet to act as a relay station for the U.S. Information Agency's "Voice of America" from 1952 to 1964. She was stationed off the island of Rhodes, Greece, during that time. Interestingly, the transmitting equipment on board her was the most powerful of its kind ever installed on a ship. She ended her Coast Guard career as a training vessel for reservists and was decommissioned in 1972.


    The clean lines of the 311-foot cutters are apparent in this photograph. They proved to be excellent high endurance cutters, "fine sea boats" in the words of one historian, and served the Coast Guard well. The Yakutat was in Coast Guard commission from 1948 through 1969 when, after duty in Vietnam, she was transferred to the South Vietnamese Navy. With the fall of South Vietnam, she fled to the Philippines where she was used for spare parts for the other South Vietnamese 311's that escaped the Communist takeover and "joined" the Philippine Navy.


    The 255-ft. U.S. Coast Guard Cutter ESCANABA, based at New Bedford, Massachusetts, takes a salty shower bath in rough North Atlantic weather on ocean station 'Delta', 650 miles southeast of Newfoundland and east of Nova Scotia. This scene was photographed by Robert A. Small, Chief Quartermaster (Signalman), USCG, from the Coast Guard Cutter OWASCO as he watched the ESCANABA being relieved of ocean station patrol by the Coast Guard Cutter MENDOTA."; 17 February 1965; photo number Rel. No. 6105; photo by QMC Robert A. Small.


    The Morgenthau was stationed in New York until 1977 and conducted one war patrol in Vietnam. She shifted operations after 1977 to the west coast. Over her career she has seized numerous foreign vessels for fisheries and narcotic smuggling violations, served on ocean stations, participated in rescues, and even served as an escort for the British royal yacht Britannia. Note the World Trade Center under construction in the left-center background.


    USCGC Dallas (WPG-716; WHEC-716); no caption/number; photographer/date unknown.


    USCGC Boutwell (WPG-719; WHEC-719) in foreground; then directly starboard of Boutwell is the USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725) which is moored ahead of the USCGC Munro (WHEC-724). Munro is astern of Jarvis and inboard of the Morgenthau (WHEC-722)--note the Harpoon launchers on Morgenthau directly behind her main battery; and finally the USCGC Sherman (WPG-720; WHEC-720) is directly astern of the Munro; USCG PACAREA photo; photo no. #PA 051892(01)-34A; May, 1992; photo by PAC R. L. Woods.

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    Never knew the USCG were such bad-a$$es! Great pix! Thank you.

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    Very cool pics, as a very young man I was aboard the USCG Glacier, Walnut and Venturas as well as the Point Camdan and Point Carew. I think the point boats are out of service now. I'm glad to see these photos posted, outstanding!

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