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Two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point conduct a practice formation flight around the Island of Oahu, March 4, 2016. The Dolphin aircrews along with an HC-130 Hercules aircrew practice proficiency with multiple aircraft flying at once. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)
“For 228 years, the nation’s oldest continuous sea-going service has stood the watch for our country with pride. Our core values of Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty represent our DNA of being always ready for the call, anytime and any place. Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard! SEMPER PARATUS!” – Vince W. Patton III, #8 Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard, Ret.
On August 4th, the U.S. Coast Guard turns 228 years old. Known as America’s maritime first responder, this branch of the Armed Forces has over 40,000 active duty servicemembers.
“In 1790, Alexander Hamilton established a small fleet of coastal law enforcement vessels to patrol off East Coast seaports. Over the next 228 years, the service experienced rapid growth in its geographic area of responsibility, mandated missions, and organization. The service has lived-up to its motto Semper Paratus by adapting and evolving to meet the nation’s changing needs emerging as a global responder known and respected at home and abroad.” via the Coast Guard Facebook page.
When you think of the Coast Guard, you might think of all the daring at sea rescues featured in films and TV shows. The helicopter pilots, rescue swimmers and support personnel that make these heroic missions a success are brave and fearless. Watching these missions to medevac a person in trouble leaves me with a feeling of such appreciation for everyone in the Coast Guard.
This video is still one of my favorites, it shows the precision and professionalism of an at sea rescue. The video features a medivac of a Sailor being hoisted in a basket from the sail of a submarine up into a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The rescue takes place off the coast of Washington and from the first call for help to the time rescue, the time is less than an hour and half.
Thank you to all the currently serving and former Coast Guardsmen and women. Thank you for keeping us protected in our nation’s waterways, international waters and along the coast.
Do you know someone serving in the U.S. Coast Guard or who has previously served? Share a Birthday shout out to them today!!
Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!
Coast Guard Compass – The official blog of the U.S. Coast Guard
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