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Protecting the Nation

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Protecting the Nation

Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles conducts vessel manuever training near Santa Barbara, Oct. 24, 2016. The MSST operates several 25-foot Response Boat-Small platforms to complete a variety of law enforcement, security and vessel safety missions. Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrea L. Anderson.

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nobody@flickr.com (U.S. Coast Guard)

Station Mascot

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Station Mascot

Boozer sits at attention at Base Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Va., Nov. 15, 2016. Boozer is the cutter's beloved mascot and serves in the U.S. Coast Guard dutifully. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki.

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nobody@flickr.com (U.S. Coast Guard)

Explosives Detector

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Explosives Detector

Balu, a German short-haired pointer, and his handler, Justin Ross, members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department, hone their explosive-ordnance detection skills at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., Feb. 2, 2017. Several local law enforcement K-9 units train with Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco on a regular basis. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

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Arctic Sunset

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Arctic Sunset

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy breaks ice at sunset on the Arctic Ocean, Sept. 28, 2016. The Healy crew was deployed to the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea to map and dredge the extended continental shelf. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Steenson.

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nobody@flickr.com (U.S. Coast Guard)

Argus

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Argus

Argus relaxes during the hustle and bustle of holiday cheer in Hudgins, Va., Dec. 21, 2016. Argus is the well-loved station mascot for Station Milford Haven. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki.

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nobody@flickr.com (U.S. Coast Guard)

Washed Up

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Washed Up

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cold Bay, Alaska, surveys the area around the fishing vessel Predator prior to hoisting three people off near Akutan Harbor, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2017. The predator ran hard aground, causing it to take on water through an eight inch crack on the hull. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

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nobody@flickr.com (U.S. Coast Guard)