US Coast Guard Gunboat

On November 16, 2010, in Captain's Rants, Captain's Raves, Photos, by Aaron

This heavily gunned Coast Guard vessel passed me in the Pamlico Sound on the East Coast this week.  I was able to snap this photo.

I’m quite happy to see a show of force on arguably one of Americas weakest points of entry, her coastline. More to the point, in all my years of bouncing in and out of the US waters and following all the rules to a “T”, I’ve never been boarded or inspected. I can only assume it’s because of lack of funding, but I would prefer to see a string of aircraft carriers up and down both coasts of North America, but that’s just one man’s rantings.

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One Response to US Coast Guard Gunboat

  1. Loren says:

    Nice shot! I grew up in the commercial fishing industry in the Pacific Northwest so I tend to think of the Coast Guard in their rescue capacity. We were boarded one time at 4:00 AM (30 years ago) heading up Mobile Bay in Alabama. It was a bit unnerving to be rousted out your bunk at gun point, then see a cruiser pacing you with a rather large gun trained on the bridge. It was a routine stop looking for smugglers and they were as polite as anyone you could expect to meet who is armed with an assualt rifle.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Loren

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