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Coast Guard's top videos

Just 12 days after 2010 began, the Coast Guard was in Haiti responding to the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. In April, the agency was on the scene in the Gulf of Mexico in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster.

In addition to these response efforts, the Coast Guard saved more than 4,300 lives, responded to more than 22,000 search-and-rescue cases, prevented more than 200,000 pounds of cocaine from reaching the United States, boarded more than 2,100 "high interest vessels" bound for U.S. ports, interdicted nearly 4,700 undocumented migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States, and conducted more than 5,000 fisheries conservation boardings.

The Coast Guard's Top 11 Videos of 2010 gives a glimpse into some of the work its men and women performed in the course of the year. It's a Top 11 list rather than a Top 10 to symbolize the agency's 11 statutory mission areas:

1. port, waterway and coastal security

2. drug interdiction

3. aids to navigation

4. search and rescue

5. living marine resources law enforcement

6. marine safety

7. defense readiness

8. migrant interdiction

9. marine environmental protection

11. ice operations

12. other law enforcement


Click play to watch. Mobile users, click here to watch the video on the Coast Guard's YouTube channel.

You can watch the full videos, with new commentary from a member of the unit involved in the operation, on the Coast Guard Compass blog page. Follow the link at the bottom of the Compass blog page to watch the video and vote for your favorite.

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Comments (11) Comments are closed
11 Friday, 31 December 2010 02:54
JIm Allen
I am a 30 year Coast Guard retiree, made me kind of homesick
10 Thursday, 30 December 2010 23:14
Richard Eckhouse
Every one of them is outstanding and each tells a different and interesting story. It really makes you proud to know we have such dedicated personnel. I could not pick one over the other and simply want to say thanks for all the Coast Guard does.
9 Wednesday, 29 December 2010 17:41
Mark Wissing
While hoisting the boy from the cliff, the crew displayed outstanding "inter-office" communication skills!
8 Wednesday, 29 December 2010 16:33
Len Tatko
All the videos are top winners!! What the men/women of Coast gaurd do for us is courageous.
7 Wednesday, 29 December 2010 16:22
Doug Lassey
I have spent many years around the waters that are under the USCG watch and this is a good opportunity to praise our men and women for their dedication to their service. Bless you all and Thank you. DAL
6 Wednesday, 29 December 2010 14:06
Len Tatko
They are all top winners!! What the men/women of the Coast Guard do is outstanding. Bravo to all of them.
All you do for us is a "top winner"!!
5 Wednesday, 29 December 2010 00:42
Doug Nelson
After watching these videos, does anyone think that our men on the front lines in war zones are the only ones deserving our deepest appreciation?
4 Tuesday, 28 December 2010 22:50
Dave Gagne
I liked the swimmer into the water and the rescue of the injured woman taken from the 65 foot sailboat. I also liked the video of the rescue of the teenager who had fallen from a cliff, especially the shadow of the rescue helicopter on the ground. Thanks for all your great work US Coast Guard
3 Tuesday, 28 December 2010 21:21
Ted Guy
I liked the ice breaking operation, recalling that we cruised those very waters in July, 2010 in 90 to 100 degree temperatures.
2 Tuesday, 28 December 2010 19:56
Jeff Staley
The Coast Guard does a fabulous job, especially when these men and women are called upon during difficult and hazardous conditions. Thanks!!
1 Tuesday, 28 December 2010 18:43
Bill Wagner
I especially felt like the "rescue" shots are important. I understand why skimming oil is important, but saving a life is something that is especially stimulating.
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