Fair winds and following seas- story of the 2013 Port Huron to Mackinac Race

  Every year on Lake Huron a prestigious yacht race is held. The Bell’s Beer Bayview-Mackinac Race is one of the oldest long-distance freshwater sailing races in the world. Since 1925, sailors have raced from Port Huron, Mich., to Mackinac […]


Coast Guard small boats ready to provide safety and security during the NATO Summit

From the field: Coast Guard, other agencies join forces during 2012 NATO Summit

Post written by Lt. j.g. Brian Dykens, maritime security public information officer, 2012 NATO Summit: Coast Guard units from around the country are partnering with other federal, state and local agencies on Chicago waterways to protect NATO Summit participants and […]


Looking at the future of Coast Guard small boats

The Marinette Marine Corporation, of Marinette, Wis., is building and delivering the Coast Guard’s new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium to units across the United States. These boats are designed to replace the aging fleet of 41-foot Utility Boats that have been […]


From the field: CBP canine handlers conduct training at Air Station Detroit

Guest post written By Lt. Jason Neiman, Air Station Detroit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection canine handlers and their dogs recently trained aboard Air Station Detroit. Three dogs and their handlers were on site to conduct training events on Jan. […]


Multiple agencies hold full-scale maritime security exercise in Port of Duluth-Superior

In the world today, cooperation between agencies responding to events that threaten the safety of the public is paramount. In that spirit of cooperation, more than 15 different federal, state and local agencies came together on Aug. 24, 2011 in […]


Routine boarding in the St. Lawrence Seaway

 Coast Guardsmen in the 9th District are known for their proficiency in all matters of search and rescue, ice breaking, and servicing and maintaining maritime aids to navigation. Members of the public may not be as familiar with the […]


Historic “Shiprider” Agreement signed in Detroit

> Yesterday I traveled to Detroit to witness the signing of an important and historic agreement between the United States and Canada. The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, and the Canadian Minister of Public Safety, Peter Van Loan, […]


From the field: The value of partnerships; why the Coast Guard is a unique branch of the military

>Today’s guest post comes from Cmdr. Richard Reinemann, Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan’s Deputy Sector Commander: “Last week, Sector Lake Michigan led 350 members from over 30 federal, state and local agencies in conducting a full scale security exercise, the […]


Introducing “Your Great Lakes Coast Guard” blog

>Welcome to this first post. I’m Rear Admiral Peter Neffenger, Commander of the Ninth Coast Guard District, and I’m pleased to introduce this blog we’re calling “Your Great Lakes Coast Guard.” We created this site as a forum to exchange […]