Papp Delivers Final State of the Coast Guard Address

Posted by Eric Haun
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
File photo: ADM Bob Papp, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant

U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp delivered his final State of the Coast Guard address at Coast Guard Headquarters, St. Elizabeths Campus, Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

Papp provided an overview of programs and issues of the last four years and also looked ahead to what the Coast Guard may face in the future.

Emphasizing that this year the Coast guard became the first military service to achieve a clean financial audit, Papp remarked that the Coast Guard provided a sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars, an “achievement that required an all hands effort across the service.”

Papp mentioned progress in the Coast guard’s improvement of its sexual assault prevention and response program, citing the commitment of $5 million and 32 military and civilian billets to the effort and the creation of the Special Victims Counsel, made up of specially-trained Coast Guard attorneys dedicated to assisting victims of sexual assault. The sole focus of these attorneys is to represent the victim throughout the entire process of holding a perpetrator accountable, ensuring the victim has an advocate to speak for them. “I have no greater responsibility than to ensure no Coast Guardsman ever has to experience the devastation of sexual assault at the hands of someone they thought was a shipmate,” he said. Papp also emphasized that if a victim believes their case is not being addressed, “they can email me. I’m in the global directory. It will be taken care of.”

The commandant also focused on the acquisition of new assets, such as the christening of the fifth National Security Cutter, the James, this summer, and the newest Fast Response Cutter, the Charles Sexton, being commissioned next week. He said the Coast Guard has also received 148 of the ordered 170 Response Boats-Medium, stating they have been delivered on time as well as on budget.

As a maritime nation and with more than 90 percent of trade being carried in ships, America needs our service, Papp said. Highlighting the “layered security” approach of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, he focused on the Coast Guard’s partnerships with other DHS agencies to counter threats before they reach U.S. borders.

Papp also took a moment to recognize the service’s recent loss of Boatswains Mate Third Class Travis Obendorf , who was mortally injured during a rescue operation in the Bering Sea and Senior Chief petty Officer Terrell Horne, who was killed by drug traffickers during drug interdiction operations. 
 

Maritime Reporter September 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Finance

Exmar Optimistic About Gas Carrier Market into 2015

Belgian gas shipping group Exmar said on Thursday that the market for its very large and midsize gas carriers was at historically high levels in the third quarter

Confidence High in UK Logistics Sector

The latest U.K. Logistics Confidence Index commissioned by Barclays and Moore Stephens reveals that confidence in the U.K. logistics sector remains high but more

Statoil Invests $1.5b in US Offshore Project

Statoil together with co-owners in the Stampede development in the Gulf of Mexicohas sanctioned the Stampede project in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. Statoil said it will invest $1.

News

Easing US Oil Export Ban Unlikey to Raise Gasoline Prices

A government study on Thursday essentially supported the notion that easing the decades-old restriction on exporting U.S. crude was more likely to lower than raise

Keel Laid, Fabrication Started on 2 Navy Warships

This week, General Dynamics Bath Iron Works celebrated two milestone events for the Arleigh Burke-class program. On October 30, Bath Iron Works held a keel laying

Bulker Arrives to US on Her Maiden Voyage

The Port of Vancouver USA welcomed the Kypros Unity, commanded by Capt. Wilfredo F. Itable of Cyprus, on her maiden voyage Oct. 28. Capt. Itable and his 20-member

Maritime Safety

Industrial Pressure Washers Kill Viruses

Water Cannon pressure washers utilized to fight influenza - clean and sanitize large areas Water Cannon Pressure Washers deliver a wide swath of low pressure 180 degree F.

Partnerships Key to Caribbean Maritime Security

Planning and execution of port and maritime safety and security in Caribbean region is all about partnerships Maritime security and safety experts are meeting in Nassau,

Braemar Hosts Insurance Experts

Braemar (incorporating The Salvage Association) welcomed an invited group of marine insurance professionals onto its specialist port and shipyard familiarization

People in the News

Rep. Cummings Receives Maritime Service Award

On Wednesday, October 29, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) delivered keynote remarks at APL Maritime’s Senior Management Conference, and received an award

LA Governor Jindal Appoints Bollinger's Barker

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appointed James "Ray" Barker to the Louisiana Workforce Investment Council. Barker, of Raceland, is the Director of Human Resources at Bollinger Shipyards, Inc.

Vale CEO: Coal Deal Soon

Brazilian mining company Vale SA is close to making a "strategic" announcement concerning its coal unit, the company's chief executive Murilio Ferreira said on

Government Update

Easing US Oil Export Ban Unlikey to Raise Gasoline Prices

A government study on Thursday essentially supported the notion that easing the decades-old restriction on exporting U.S. crude was more likely to lower than raise

Rep. Cummings Receives Maritime Service Award

On Wednesday, October 29, Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) delivered keynote remarks at APL Maritime’s Senior Management Conference, and received an award

Two Great Lakes Toxic Hotspots Restored

EPA announces removal of two toxic hotspots on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan from binational list The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced that two U.

 
 
Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2259 sec (4 req/sec)