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    Coast Guard Establishes New Base on Guam

    Coast Guard Establishes New Base on Guam

    The U.S. Coast Guard officially announced the establishment of U.S. Coast Guard on Wednesday as the service continues to build its presence in the Pacific.

    In a news release, the serv­ice said: “The establishment will shift current facilities engineering, naval engineering, comptroller and base operations, health, safety, and work life, personnel support, information technology, and procurement billets and responsibility from the existing U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam to a Base Guam command structure.”

    Led by Cmdr. Dana Hiatt, U.S. Coast Guard Base Guam will operate under the direction of the Coast Guard's Operational Logistics Command, providing extra logistical support to the existing U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam, which falls under the Coast Guard's Hawaii-based District 14.

    The Coast Guard has been rapidly expanding its operations and presence in the Pacific. In July 2021, the serv­ice held an unusual triple commissioning ceremony in Guam provided by then-Coast Guard commandant Adm. Karl Shultz for three new Sentinel-class fast response cutters.

    The Coast Guard has been working to replace its aging fleet of cutters as the vessels play an increasingly critical role in the U.S. 's strategy at sea. The new Sentinel-class fast response cutters are 154 feet long and reach speeds of over 30 mph. Each cutter has a 24-person crew, with more than 70 new Coast Guardsmen…

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