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The United States Coast Guard is the coastal defense, search and rescue, and maritime law enforcement branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country's eight uniformed services.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Air Force, Royal Australian Navy, and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) responders rescued three stranded mariners from the island of Pikelot, Yap, Aug. 3, 2020. The stranded mariners were located by a Air Force 506th Air Expeditionary Aerial Refueling Squadron KC-135 Stratotanker crew from Andersen Air Force Base found the mariners after seeing their S.O.S signal on the island. (U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station Barbers Point/Released)
Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) completed its final patrol in July of 2020. After 52 years of service, the ship is scheduled to be decommissioned August 20, 2020. Mellon, a high endurance cutter homeported in Seattle, Washington, has long been a staple in Alaskan waters, conducting missions throughout the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. This video was the winning entry for the 2020 Alaska's Coast Guard video contest. U.S. Coast Guard video by Seaman Apprentice Nathaniel F. Gonzales.
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area Members from the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team West engage a simulated terrorist threat aboard a commercial cruise ship during a training exercise held off the coast of San Diego, April 26, 2018. Members of the Coast Guard MSRT West teams are trained and capable of interdicting, boarding and verifying threats, and when required, engaging in offensive operations against a hostile threat. U.S. Coast Guard video.