Saving the Lives of Maritime Passageways: The Coast Guard and Maritime Chokepoints–CIMSEC

Good to see we have a new Coast Guard author, still a cadet at the Academy.

“Saving the Lives of Maritime Passageways: The Coast Guard and Maritime Chokepoints,” by cadet first class Victoria Castleberry is an essay selected for publication by CIMSEC from the 16 round tables from the Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference (NAFAC) held last week that focused on great power competition.

The author argues for the replication of successful programs implemented by the Coast Guard’s Patrol Forces Southwest Asia (PATFORCESWA) in the vicinity of the Straits of Hormuz as a way to enhance governance around other international chokepoints.

One thought on “Saving the Lives of Maritime Passageways: The Coast Guard and Maritime Chokepoints–CIMSEC

  1. I do not hold that white paint will stop any hostile force. This is just more of the Coast Guard’s distancing itself from its military character. Not painting the Persian Gulf 110s began at the beginning of their service and the same, “non-threatening” reason was given.

    What evidence is there this is true? I am sure the Iranian naval militia’s could take out a 110 in a heart beat. Their presence at any “choke point” is more of an annoyance and largely irreverent without those large gray ships in backup.

    She wrote, ” provide security without an escalation of arms and the facilitation of transnational cooperation through various interagency programs.” So, what happens when things escalate that are beyond the control of the whimpy outlook of the Coast Guard?

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