U.S. Coast Guard – Mission Ready for America and YOU!

U.S. Coast Guard – Mission Ready for America and YOU!
USCG Station Rockland

Coast Guard Station Rockland helps protect marine interests on the waters of Penobscot Bay (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Veteran’s Day is a time when our nation honors the service and sacrifice of the men and women who have, or presently serve, in America’s armed forces.

These patriots of freedom deserve everyone’s heartfelt respect and appreciation for defending our country, keeping us safe and protecting our way of life, but their contributions are not confined to foreign soils or stealth military training / operations out of public sight.

No branch of the military is a finer example of serving its country but yet safeguarding the daily lives and interests of our civilians than the United States Coast Guard.

Coast Guard cutter TACKLE

Coast Guard cutters like the 65-foot TACKLE (WYTL 65604) help keep Maine's rivers and harbors navigable during the winter season (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

In Maine, the Coast Guard carries out its mission in accordance with the organization’s national mandate, and at the same time, protects and enhances state and local interests, both public and private, in a manner that makes the Coast Guard an irreplaceable partner and friend in our communities.

We’ve all seen a Coast Guard asset at one time or another patrolling or working the nearby waters, and when we do, it never fails to inspire great pride in our nation and for those who serve in our place.

During stormy weather, boaters and fishermen alike can count on the Coast Guard to brave the elements and rough seas to render assistance when their situation on the water warrants well-honed search & rescue skills.

Coast Guard personnel keep the lights burning bright

Coast Guard personnel keep the lights burning bright for the mariner's safety (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

And whether you’re a seasoned mariner or weekend warrior who depends on reliable aids to navigation along your favorite waterway – or even a landlubber who admires the traditional beacons and signposts of the sea, it is the Coast Guard who ensures that vigilance and technology meld together to safeguard others.

A light burning bright inside a lighthouse, the strong “voice” of a foghorn sounding, a buoy holding station near navigational hazards or a daybeacon presiding over wicked half-tide ledges is a daily reminder of the Coast Guard’s ever-watchful presence. The need for navigational aids watching properly never takes a day off, and neither do our men and women in blue. 

Coast Guard cutter THUNDER BAY

The 140-foot cutter THUNDER BAY (WTGB 108) breaks ice on Maine's Kennebec River (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

When the frigid hold of winter grips the coastal regions, and our rivers and harbors freeze fast, the black-hulled domestic icebreakers of the Coast Guard can be counted on to break through the frozen wasteland and go where other vessels fear to tread.

In doing so, the Coast Guard keeps Maine’s vital commerce moving along the water, while safeguarding river communities like those along the Kennebec River from flooding due to ice jams.

Then there is the law enforcement and environmental responsibilities of the Coast Guard that protect the public at sea and our coastlines from harm respectively. And when it comes to integrating environmental initiatives such as renewable wind energy into operations, you can count on the United States Coast Guard to lead by example.

Coast Guard personnel volunteering

Coast Guard personnel spend countless hours volunteering their time and talents to help make their communities a better place to live, work and play (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Finally, from Eastport to Kittery, chances are wherever Coast Guard units are located in Maine; the men and women of the USCG support a community effort that is important to you and your family by freely giving of their time, talents and expertise to help make the areas where we live, work and play, a better place.

We may honor and celebrate our nation’s veterans on one day in November, but the reality is that when it comes to the United States Coast Guard in Maine and throughout the nation, we should be showing our admiration and respect for their service to our country and YOU, every day of the year.

Thank you to all the men and women of the United States Coast Guard – you are all keepers of mission excellence and time-honored traditions!

Coast Guard buoy tender ABBIE BURGESS

The 175-foot Coast Guard cutter ABBIE BURGESS (WLM 553) helps ensures that the buoy system in Maine remains in optimum condition (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Coast Guard cutter ABBIE BURGESS

Crewmembers of the ABBIE BURGESS service a lighted buoy on the deck of the cutter (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Coast Guard cutter ABBIE BURGESS

A buoy is hauled onto the deck of the ABBIE BURGESS for servicing (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Coast Guard training

Coast Guard personnel are trained to handle all types of situations on the water in order to be able to help others and protect themselves in the process (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Station Rockland

Guardians like Station Rockland are always ready to respond to calls for help in a moment's notice (USCG Photo)

When the weather takes a turn for the worse and boaters head for shore, the Coast Guard stands ready to go out during the storm to help those in distress (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Coast Guard cutter TACKLE

All Coast Guard cutters like TACKLE are mult-mission assets with training and expertise to handle a diverse workload (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

ANT Southwest Harbor

The 49-foot and 55-foot work boats of Aids to Navigation Team Southwest Harbor help maintain lighthouses, buoys and daybeacons (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Coast Guard cutter BRIDLE

Coast Guard cutter BRIDLE, a 65-foot tug based in Southwest Harbor, breaks ice on the Kennebec River (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Ice on Maine's Kennebec River

USCG cutters like BRIDLE, SHACKLE, TACKLE and THUNDER BAY help keep the ice from jamming up on the Kennebec River (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Coast Guard cutter SHACKLE

Coast Guard cutter SHACKLE prepares to smash ice on the Kennebec River (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Coast Guard personnel keep the lights shining

Coast Guard personnel work to keep the lights shining on land or ledge (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Coast Guard maintains daybeacons

Coast Guard personnel maintain and care for dozens of daybeacons located throughout Maine waters (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Coast Guard keep the foghorns sounding

Coast Guard personnel keep the "voice" of the foghorns sounding loud and strong (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)

Coast Guard leadership

Coast Guard commands from the First District and Sector Northern New England provide leadership for both Coast Guard units and the community stakeholders they partner with (Photo by Ann-Marie Trapani)

Coast Guard

The United States Coast Guard is a guardian and shining light to America and all those it serves (Photo by Bob Trapani, Jr.)