The nation’s Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower, a maritime strategy rolled out by the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast
Guard leadership in 2007 and updated in March to
address emerging challenges, shows just how integral
the three sea services are to security in the maritime
As the Pentagon continues its rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, naval resources are moving from the Western
Hemisphere and other areas closer to the homeland.
The Coast Guard will be tasked with filling the gap as
part of the strategy.
“It is not just about the Coast Guard’s defense operations mission. It includes all Coast Guard missions
and how they promote maritime safety and security,”
said CAPT Kent Everingham, Coast Guard Pacific Area
chief of Preparedness.
The Navy and Coast Guard have command and control protocols to facilitate the rapid deployment of
Coast Guard forces in an expeditionary or maritime
homeland defense scenario.
“All services seek to build upon already strong and
mutually beneficial relationships,” Everingham said.
One example in Pacific Area is
Three Party Staff Talks, an annual
meeting among the commanders
of Coast Guard Pacific Area, the
Navy’s Third Fleet and Canadian
Maritime Forces Pacific to discuss
items of mutual interest at the
three West Coast maritime operational commands.
“This relationship is critical in
providing a layered security force
in the Pacific area of responsibility,” the captain said.
Additionally, the North American
Maritime Security Initiative, or
NAMSI, provides a venue for discussions among U.S., Mexican and
The Coast Guard and its fellow sea services are
globally postured to secure the homeland and protect
citizens from direct attack, and advance U.S. interests
around the world and around the clock.
“This requires us to communicate with the Navy
and Marines daily, in one form or another,” Everingham said.
Sometimes these interactions are focused on readiness
and training, such as the Rim of the Pacific Exercise
2014, where crew members from the National Security
Cutter Waesche worked hand in hand with forces from
Australia, Brunei, China, France, Japan, Mexico, New
Zealand and the U.S. Navy in a multitude of exercises
ranging from maritime interdiction, search and rescue
and counterpiracy to tactical maneuvering, fueling and
replenishments at sea and a live-fire exercise.
Another example is the Oceania Maritime Security
Initiative (OMSI), a secretary of defense program that
Filling the Gaps
Coast Guard, Navy, Marine Corps cooperation
is key to providing a layered security force
By JOHN C. MARCARIO, Special Correspondent
The updated Cooperative Strategy for 21st Century Seapower
is aimed at ensuring the nation’s sea services are on the same
page when it comes to a strategic approach for supporting their
people, building the right platforms, achieving efficient global
capability and developing critical partnerships.
■ Communication among the services is a central component.
■ Readiness and training with one another, as well as other
nations, help promote collective security and regional stability.
■ As its role continues to evolve, the Coast Guard “is more relevant now than ever in a cooperative strategy like this one.”
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