National Coast Guard Museum

A Rich History

"Always Adapting. Always Overcoming. Always Ready." -Adm. Fagan

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GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY

August 19th in New London CT

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Immersive and Interactive Exhibits

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A Rich History

"Always Adapting. Always Overcoming. Always Ready." -Adm. Fagan

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GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY

August 19th in New London CT

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Coming Soon

Immersive and Interactive Exhibits

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COMING SOON!

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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NATIONAL
COAST GUARD
MUSEUM

The National Coast Guard Museum will support Coast Guard missions by inspiring and engaging with the public to celebrate the Coast Guard Active Duty, Reserve, and Volunteer Workforces, and their accomplishments in the past, present, and future.

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EXHIBITS

Intro to the Coast Guard

Lifesavers around the Globe

Enforcers of the Sea

Defenders of our Nation

Champions of Commerce

Protectors of the Environment

USCGC Barque Eagle

Events & Public Programs

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NCGM NEW LONDON, CT

Ground Breaking Ceremony

08/19/2022 | 2:00 PM

The Official National Coast Guard Museum Keel Laying at City Pier, New London Waterfront, New London, CT.

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The Pentagon

Re-Opening of the USCG Exhibit Hallway

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Learn more about the USCG Exhibit Hallway on the Fourth Floor of the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.

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THE MOTTO OF THE COAST GUARD

''SEMPER PARATUS''

ALWAYS READY

“We do this job because every once in a while someone is out there without hope, desperately praying for their life, and we get to be the answer.”

-Anonymous

Terrell Horne

BMSC Terrell Horne III

SELFLESS SACRIFICE

At complete disregard for his own safety, Horne pushed his coswain out of harms way when their boat was rammed by a suspicious vessel at night. Horne was ejected and later died from his injuries. Horne posthumously received the Coast Guard Medal for his selfless act of heroism.

Dr. Olivia Hooker

Dr. Olivia Hooker

DETERMINE TO SERVE

Rejected by the Navy yet determined to serve, Dr. Olivia Hooker was one of the first five African-American women to join the SPARs, rising to the rank of Yeoman Second Class. In 2010, at 95, she continued to serve in the Coast Guard Auxillary in Yonkers, New York!

Port Security Units

Conflicts in the Middle East

PORT SECURITY UNITS

In the early 1980s, the Coast Guard created three expeditionary small boat units - PSUs. Comprised entirely of Reservists, designed for shore-based security and harbo defense, they have been used for nearly every major combat operation to the present day. It was also the first time Coast Guard women served in combat roles.

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Coast Guard Swimmers

THE FIRST FROGMEN

The Office of Strategic Services (later the CIA), laid the foundation for what would soon become the U.S. Navy SEALs. The first "Frogmen" class was comprised of 16 Members! The remainedr were from the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.

CGC Tampa

Largest Naval Loss of WWI

REMEMBER THE TAMPA

The CGC Tampa escorted 18 North Atlantic convoys. On 26 September 1918, after completing a convoy escort to the U.K., a German submarine torpedoed the Tampa. Within minutes the Tampa sank. All 111 Coast Guard members, 4 Navy, 11 Royal Navy, and 5 Civilians were all lost at sea.

Riverine Operations

Riverine Operations

UNDERWAY, IN HARMS WAY

Coast Guard Squadron One saw significant combat operations in support of Operations Market Time and Sealords. Patrolling over four million miles, inspecting over 250,000 vessels, and delivering Special Forces up rivers and canals while engaging in firefights.

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The Voice of America

BATTLESHIP WITHOUT GUNS

The Cold War was as much a battle of ideas as a conflict of arms. The CGC Courier still holds the record for the longest overseas deployment, from July 1952 until August of 1964, broadcasting the voice of America around the world for 11 hours a day in 13 languages!

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The Eagle and the Dispatch

WAR WITH GREAT BRITAIN

Overpowered by the HMS Dispatch, the Captain beached the Eagle, the crew hauled the cannons ashore, and the fight continued! Weary and outmanned, the crew was eventually captured but lauded in the press for their gallantry.

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"Ours' is a story that America needs to know!" -Admiral Karl Schultz

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