Vice President Biden Addresses USCG Class of 2013

MarineLink.com
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Vice President Joe Biden at the 2013 Coast Guard Academy commencement. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Vice President Joe Biden welcomed the U.S. Coast Guard Academy’s Class of 2013 as the Coast Guard’s newest officers, saluting their service and emphasizing the important role they play in meeting the nation’s many maritime needs.

“I believe you graduate into a world where the maritime domain is as important as ever to our national security, and the Coast Guard’s global mission is more important than it has ever been,” Biden said.

As the 227 cadets in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of 2013 recited the oath of office, they officially embarked on their critical and inspiring role as leaders in the service’s life saving, national defense and law enforcement missions.

Over the last four years, these newly-commissioned ensigns have evolved into strong leaders, motivated and ready to contribute to the service in a meaningful way, said Ensign Joe Sullivan-Springhetti, a native of Portland, Ore., and the distinguished honor graduate.

“I feel like all of 2013 has grown an incredible amount. Individually, we’re more mature, more confident and more capable of responding effectively in stressful situations,” said Sullivan-Springhetti.  “Collectively, I think we’ve grown extremely close to one another. We trust and rely on one another, and we have a team mentality that will follow us into the fleet. Between our individual attributes and the strength of our class, we’re going to be able to handle whatever comes next.”

The graduates are headed to frontline operations on our maritime borders and littorals; from the Great Lakes to the Arctic. But whether they are stationed in a command center in charge of a life-saving mission, or standing the watch in the darkness of night in search of illicit activity, they are ready; ready to make their mark on the legacy that is the United States Coast Guard.

“It’s no coincidence that Coast Guards around the world have turned our white ships and racing stripes into a universal symbol. It’s no accident that the world still looks to us to keep the sea lanes safe. And it’s no surprise-given all your talents-that the world looks to us as the partner of choice to help countries confront criminals and traffickers and all the challenges that no nation can solve on its own,” said Biden. “And when the world looks to us, Class of 2013, we look to you… And no one could look to you-no one could see these remarkable young men and women- and not feel immensely optimistic about the future.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2013 as you join the distinguished “Long Blue Line.”

coastguard.dodlive.mil
 

  • Ensign Joe Sullivan-Springhetti, the distinguished honor graduate, makes remarks as Vice President Joe Biden and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp look on. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

    Ensign Joe Sullivan-Springhetti, the distinguished honor graduate, makes remarks as Vice President Joe Biden and Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp look on. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

  • The Class of 2013 celebrates at the end of their commencement. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

    The Class of 2013 celebrates at the end of their commencement. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

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

News

PES to Begin Operating Benzene Terminal in November

Philadelphia Energy Solutions plans to start operating a new benzene offtake terminal next month at its 335,000-barrel-per-day refinery in Philadelphia, two people familiar with the plans said.

Coast Guard Foundation to Honor USCG in Miami

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that

Sunken Barge Salvage Stops Traffic on Chicago River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is restricting vessel traffic on the Chicago River to allow for salvage of a sunken barge. All cargo has been removed from the sunken

Coast Guard

Coast Guard Foundation to Honor USCG in Miami

The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced today that

Sunken Barge Salvage Stops Traffic on Chicago River

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is restricting vessel traffic on the Chicago River to allow for salvage of a sunken barge. All cargo has been removed from the sunken

USCG Reopens Port Allen Post Hurricane Ana

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopened Port Allen in Kauai Monday morning after surveying crews deemed it  safe for transit. The maritime public is advised

People in the News

Total CEO Killed in Moscow Runway Accident

Private jet collided with snow plow during takeoff; Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. Insiders Boisseau and Pouyanne long seen as potential successors.

Singapore’s MPA Discuss LNG Bunkering

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), Antwerp Port Authority, Port of Rotterdam and Port of Zeebrugge participated in a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

Key to Somalia's Recovery

Piracy, terrorism and criminal activities originating in Somalia can only be addressed by creating a climate of security, engagement and empowerment that will encourage home grown businesses,

Government Update

Continership Alliance Expands to US Trades

The CKYHE Alliance (COSCO, "K" LINE, Yang Ming, Hanjin Shipping, and Evergreen Line) has announced they will expand their cooperation scope to U.S. Trades and CKYHE

Total CEO Killed in Moscow Runway Accident

Private jet collided with snow plow during takeoff; Total's CEO a defender of Moscow policies. Insiders Boisseau and Pouyanne long seen as potential successors.

India to Develop Iran's Chabahar Port

India will float a company to develop Iran's Chabahar Port, a government statement said on Saturday, as New Delhi aims to take advantage of a thaw in Tehran's relations with world powers.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators 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: 0.2360 sec (4 req/sec)