Welcome to Military Minute!
Hampton Roads is a military town and hrScene loves what these people do for our country.
I want to recognize our service men and women for their efforts both on and off duty.
This week, I am highlighting the U.S. Coast Guard and what they do for Hampton Roads as they celebrate their 225th anniversary. On August 4th 1790, Congress authorized the construction of ten cutters to enforce federal tariff and trade laws to prevent smuggling. This service was named the Revenue Cutter Service. In 1915, they merged with the Life-Saving Service and became what we know today as the US Coast Guard.
In the Hampton Roads, we have a large selection of Coast Guard missions and units. Most are stationed out of Base Portsmouth which provides logistical and engineering support for our cutters and small boats. Coast Guard Cutter Beluga is an 87ft. coastal patrol boat home ported in Portsmouth. She is responsible for search and rescue response as well as law enforcement missions. Coast Guard Cutter Kennebec is a 160ft. inland construction tender home ported in Portsmouth at Base Portsmouth. She is responsible for maintaining inland aids to navigation within the region. Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane is a 270ft. medium endurance cutter home ported in Portsmouth at Base Portsmouth. She is responsible for law enforcement, migrant operations, and off shore search and rescue. Finally, we have Coast Guard Barque Eagle. She is a 295′ sailing ship where the Coast Guard Academy cadets and officer candidates train during the summer. She is the largest active sailing ship that flies the Stars and Stripes.
Join us in saluting the Coast Guard and wishing them a very Happy Birthday from all of us here in Hampton Roads!