White Hull Diplomacy, “The Coast Guard and Stability Operations” –Small Wars Journal

Coast Guard Cutter Stratton (WMSL 752) sales alongside the Indian coast guard ships Abheed and Shaurya (16) Aug. 23, 2019, while transiting in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Chennai, India. The Stratton is participating in a professional exchange with the Indian coast guard that includes operational exercises at sea and on shore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Esterly)

Small Wars Journal makes the case for designating the Coast Guard to maintain expertise in and conduct maritime stability operations.

Historically, the United States military is regularly involved in some sort of stability operation despite the military preference for high intensity conflict. … The United States risks losing some of the lessons learned if it does not develop a holistic and complementary Joint Force that can both dominate a peer enemy and conduct stability operations at and below the level of armed conflict. Competition means that forces will be employed across the spectrum of operations with equal emphasis. Designating specific services to conduct stability as a primary mission is one means of ensuring a Joint Force that is equally capable across the spectrum. The Coast Guard is uniquely suited to a lead role in maritime focused stability operations. As a military force that is resident within the inter-agency, the Coast Guard provides a presence that is “instantly acceptable because of their worldwide humanitarian reputation.” This forward presence dovetails with the Department of Homeland Security mission of “safeguarding the American people” by pushing the boundaries of U.S. law enforcement into regions and countries where it can mentor and develop partner capabilities in the areas it is needed most.

It quotes the Coast Guard Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

“The Coast Guard plays a critical role in strengthening governance in areas of strategic importance. We mature other nations’ inherent capabilities to police their own waters and support cooperative enforcement of international law through dozens of robust bilateral agreements. Our leadership on global maritime governing bodies and our collaborative approach to operationalize international agreements drives stability, legitimacy and order. As global strategic competition surges, adversaries become more sophisticated and the maritime environment becomes more complex. The Coast Guard provides a full spectrum of solutions, from cooperation to armed conflict.”

The post states,

“At its heart the primary stability tasks fall into seven military missions and activities:  protecting civilians, security sector reform, support to security cooperation, peace operations, foreign humanitarian assistance, counterinsurgency, and foreign internal defense.”

It then goes on to describe how the Coast Guard has done each of these tasks in the past.

What we may be seeing here is a preview of the roles the Coast Guard may be expected to perform when the expected Tri-Service Strategy is published.

Thanks to Geoff for the “White Hull Diplomacy” portion of the title. 

“Coast Guard families impacted by fire in Buxton, NC” –News Release/Request for Assistance

Below is a news release from District Five.

Below the news release, you will find an email for the Coast Guard Auxiliary requesting assistance for the families.

united states coast guard

News Release

U.S. Coast Guard 5th District Mid-Atlantic
Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
Office: (757) 398-6272
After Hours: (757) 295-8435
5th District online newsroom

Coast Guard families impacted by fire in Buxton, NC

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Coast Guard personnel and their families were impacted by a residential fire in Buxton Friday.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Dare County Sheriff’s Department, and Coast Guard Investigative Service. Three members of a Coast Guard family remain unaccounted for. 

Local Coast Guardsmen have received an outpouring of volunteerism and offers of assistance from both the local community and from around the country. They would like to thank the public, especially the Outer Banks community, for their goodwill.

“This is an exceptionally hard time for our members and their families,” said Capt. Matt Baer, Commander, Sector North Carolina. “It is heartening to see the outpouring of support from the Outer Banks and around the country.”

Media are requested to not contact the unit or personnel directly. Requests for interviews by Coast Guard can be made by contacting the Public Affairs Officer at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina at 910-772-2209 to coordinate a virtual interview.

For information regarding the investigation, media should contact the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2020 05:01:47 -0400
From: AuxA Message Link <messagelink@cgauxa.org>
Subject: Operation Extended Hands
This message is being sent to you as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Association, Inc. The CGAuxA Message Link is an authorized link and
[1]cgauxa.org is the web address for the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association,
Inc. If you do not want individual messages, a link is provided at the
bottom of this message to allow you to manage your subscription.
A devastating fire this weekend destroyed two Coast Guard homes near Coast
Guard Station Cape Hatteras Inlet, NC with fatalities and total property
loss. AuxA asks you as a member of the Coast Guard family to extend your
hand to assist those in need. AuxA has established OPERATION EXTENDED HANDS
to receive your donations. 100% of all donations will go to USCG Cape
Hatteras Station to provide assistance to the families affected. Our hearts
and prayers go to our shipmates and their families.
Your help is much needed and appreciated.
Make your checks payable to the Coast Guard Auxiliary Association and
please write “OP-Extended Hands” on the check
Mail to
Coast Guard Auxiliary Association
1301 West First St.
Suite E-1
Granite City, IL. 62040
Thank you for your inexhaustible willingness to assist members of our Coast
Guard family who are in need at this time of tragedy.
Vincent Pica
President & CEO
Coast Guard Auxiliary Association
Thanks to Mike for bringing the Aux request to my attention–Chuck