what other countries do the USCG visit?

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  1. coffee4you

    coffee4you New Member

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    Last year, a cutter stationed at Alaska visited Yokosuka, Japan and CG officer I know was stationed at Puerto Rico.
    What other countries do CG visit/station?

    If this is inappropriate question, please delete this thread.
    Thanks.
     
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  2. USCGA13STN

    USCGA13STN 5-Year Member

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    Here are the ones I've been to in the last nine years...

    Colombia
    Curacao
    Mexico
    Australia
    Antarctica
    Thaiti
    Canada
    Grand Cayman


    Some other common ones...

    Cuba
    Panama
    El Salvador
    Costa Rica
    Belize

    Really there are so many places you might end up in your career.
     
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  3. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    I went to....

    Germany

    Spain

    United Kingdom

    Greece

    Bahamas

    Haiti

    Curaçao

    Colombia

    Panama

    Cuba
     
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  4. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    I’ll point out Puerto Rico is not a country... but Maine almost is...
     
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    Thank you for that clarification!!!
     
  7. LurkingQuietly

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    I'd like to point out that Antarctica is not a county, but Texas used to be.
     
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  8. Alaskan

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    Antarctica is indeed not a county....or a country.
     
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    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014 5-Year Member

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    I'll throw my adventures in there for fun. In the last eight years (which is crazy to think about), I've been to:

    Ireland
    England
    Germany
    Italy
    Canada
    Honduras
    Panama
    Costa Rica
    Mexico
    Grand Cayman

    St. Thomas (U.S. Virgin Island, not to be confused with the British Virgin Islands)
    Puerto Rico (U.S. Territory, I knew before this thread it wasn't a country;))

    You get a decent amount of travel INCONUS as well, for various trainings, conferences, business trips, etc. Point is, just because the Coast Guard is under DHS, doesn't mean we don't get the opportunity to travel. From my perspective, traveling by sea has been one of the best ways to see the world. A mentor of mine has been stationed in Japan for the last two years and has been to a large majority of the countries in Asia. Others are stationed in Europe and some are stationed in the Middle East. A lot of work goes into getting to those places because it's not a vacation by any means, it's your job, but it's so worth it.
     
  11. LurkingQuietly

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    Here's a travel tip.....never go near a stray dog in a foreign country. (Unless you want to get flown home for a series of rabies shots)
     
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    TennisDad CGA Admissions Partner

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    Impressive list. My son just got his appointment. So when you travel to these places you travel by sea? You are then stationed there for several months? Once stationed, are you back at port every night? Just trying to get a feel for it all.
     
  14. trackandfield08

    trackandfield08 USCGA 2014 5-Year Member

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    The quick answer is it depends on the circumstance. To go into more detail, the majority of places on my list were port calls during patrol periods when I was stationed on a cutter. These are typically 2-3 day visits where you may or may not have to spend a day on the ship due to normal duty standing, fueling, logistics, maintenance, etc. Port calls are great because they give the crew a break from the patrol slog, allow for more innovative connections to back home (FaceTime, Skype, WiFi, Texting, etc.), and give you some cool adventure opportunities (Waterfall Rappelling in Costa Rica for example). Other trips have been for temporary duty via plane, my visit to Italy was about a week, both my Italy and Canada trips were done while at the CG Academy as well the Ireland/England/Germany tour on the Barque Eagle.

    That being said, the CG does have plenty of international opportunities, including permanent stations from the Pacific Islands to Far East Asia, to Europe, etc. These tours are typically at a higher rank, usually Lieutenant Commander (O-4) and above with a few Lieutenant (O-3) billets sprinkled in. There are Coast Guard Cutters and land units permanently stationed in the U.S. territories of Guam and Puerto Rico where yes, you are there for anywhere from 2-4 years. That being said, "back at port" every night is rare for any ship...particularly ones that officers are stationed aboard. The smaller cutters (think 87, 110, and 154 foot vessels) can operate from a few days out to 1-2 weeks before they pull in to a port (and not always their homeport) while larger cutters can be away from land from one to a couple of months depending on logistics and fuel. On a 270 foot cutter, the longest I was away from land was 32ish days.

    All that aside, I've had some incredible opportunities in the CG in just four years. Your DS will undoubtedly have the same as long as he continues to put the work in. Congrats to him on earning his appointment!
     
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  15. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006 10-Year Member

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    My traveling was mostly in my role as the Coast Guard’s liaison with a DOD program. Most of the time we were flying on Air Force planes.

    On a ship I went to Haiti, the Bahamas and Gitmo.... mostly engaged in alien migrant interdiction operations.