“Naval Warfare, Naval Doctrine Publication 1”

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the fleet replenishment oiler USNS Laramie (T-AO 203) while patrolling the Eastern Pacific Ocean, April 20, 2020. Waesche is deployed to the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility to support Joint Interagency Task Force South’s mission, which includes counter illicit drug trafficking in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Dave Horning.

CIMSEC has provided us with both a pdf copy of the new Naval Warfare Doctrine and a comparative analysis of the 2020 version with the preceding 2010 version, done by Jimmy Drennan, President of the Center for International Maritime Security (CIMSEC).

The doctrine is jointly published under the signature of the Coast Guard Commandant as well as that of the CNO and Commandant of the Marine Corps. The Coast Guard is mentioned 58 times in the 88 pdf pages.

The new doctrine is easy to read, and appears to be written for a wide audience. Acronyms are kept to a minimum. It is really a return to the fundamental concepts of Seapower. In particular it talks about five enduring functions:

  • Sea Control,
  • Power Projection,
  • Deterrence,
  • Maritime Security, and
  • Sea Lift

The Coast Guard certainly has major roles in Maritime Security and Sea Lift, along with possible lesser roles in other areas.

It is not difficult reading at all, 68 pages in the basic document, in large format, with lots of pictures. There is a ten page glossary and just over a page of acronyms at the end, most of which you will not need.

COLONIA, Yap (July 4, 2019) The U.S. Coast Guard Island-class patrol boat USCGC Kiska and Mark VI patrol boats assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron (CRS) 2, Coastal Riverine Group 1, Detachment Guam, moored in the Micronesia port of Yap. CRG 1, Det. Guam’s visit to Yap, and engagement with the People of Federated States of Micronesia underscores the U.S. Navy’s commitment to partners in the region. The Mark VI patrol boat is an integral part of the expeditionary forces support to 7th Fleet, capability of supporting myriad of missions throughout the Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jasen Moreno-Garcia/Released)

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