Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz stressed the service’s need to recapitalize its assets during his annual State of the Coast Guard speech, delivered March 11 at the service’s sector base in San Diego. Schultz specifically mentioned progress being made on acquisition of new polar security and offshore patrol cutters, replacement of inland buoy and construction tenders, and waterways commerce cutters, as well as the transition to the MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter.
Schultz praised the efforts during the past year of those who serve under him.
“Coast Guard members stood the watch amidst adversity, showcasing what makes our service special – our people,” Schultz said. “Across the service, I see individual Coast Guard members contributing to their communities, and standing watch to secure the homeland, enhance our economic prosperity, and advance our national interests across the globe.”