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Commandant Papp Gives State of the U.S. Coast Guard Address

On February 27, 2013, United States Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Bob Papp gave the annual State of the Coast Guard Address. In his address, Commandant Papp highlighted the great work done by the Coast Guard this year, specifically focusing on the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts and the work the Coast Guard is doing in the Arctic.

The Commandant highlighted the efforts used by the Coast Guard to prepare for the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast of the United States. The Commandant also discussed the extraordinary efforts made by the Coast Guard to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath. During Hurricane Sandy, the Coast Guard responded to over eighty (80) Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacons in a twenty-four (24) hour period and assisted vessels with returning safely to port. The Commandant also praised the rescue efforts of Coast Guard air crews that were able to rescue fourteen (14) crew members from the sinking HMS BOUNTY off the coast of North Carolina. The Commandant highlighted the efforts used by the Coast Guard to prepare for the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the East Coast of the United States. The Commandant also discussed the extraordinary efforts made by the Coast Guard to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy’s aftermath. During Hurricane Sandy, the Coast Guard responded to over eighty (80) Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacons in a twenty-four (24) hour period and assisted vessels with returning safely to port. The Commandant also praised the rescue efforts of Coast Guard air crews that were able to rescue fourteen (14) crew members from the sinking HMS BOUNTY off the coast of North Carolina. The Commandant also discussed the great work done by those members of the Coast Guard tasked with surveying vital East Coast shipping channels that had been damaged in the storm and praised the Coast Guardsmen tasked with successfully removing over thirty (30) million gallons of water from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel.

The Commandant also discussed the recent completion of Arctic Shield 2012, a nine (9) month inter-agency operation consisting of outreach, operations, and assessments of capabilities in the region, including the deployment of a National Security Cutter and two (2) of the Coast Guard’s ocean going, ice capable buoy tenders. Given the lack of infrastructure in the remote parts of the Arctic, the National Security Cutter provided the Coast Guard with a means to carry supplies and provided a sustained presence in the area, which will allow for a full range of Coast Guard missions to be conducted in the future.  

The Commandant also announced the great progress that has been made in the Coast Guard Family Campaign. The program is continuing to grow and providing expanded opportunities for affordable, quality childcare to ensure that the Coast Guard’s child development centers continue to meet the highest national standards. Additionally, the Coast Guard is now adding new child care providers and spaces so that Coast Guard families can have access to in-home child care at Coast Guard owned and leased housing.

Read a copy of the Commandant’s address

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