US Coast Guard

The Maritime Security Response Team is a highly specialized team with advanced counterterrorism skills and tactics.

The MSRT is trained to be a first responder to potential terrorist situations, deny terrorist acts and more.

USCG photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Melissa Leake

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Loeffler, a Company Commander at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., provides motivational instruction to Seaman Recruit Tyler Clendenen Friday, Aug. 28, 2015. Part of the process of basic military training is to induce high levels of stress in order to ensure that a recruit can later perform his or her job in the fleet where handling stress appropriately could mean the difference between life and death. 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards)


Capt. Mike “Hell Roaring” Healy,

Known as the first person of African American descent to command a U.S. military ship. Capt. Healy was an officer in the US Revenue Cutter Service, which was the predecessor to the US Coast Guard.  A tough and rugged officer, Capt. Healy commanded ships patrolling Alaska and the Bering Straight in the 1880’s and 1890’s.

The Coast Guard’s Maritime Security Response Team (MSRT) from Virginia participates in a training evolution in Hyannis, Mass., Thursday, Oct., 22, 2015.The highly trained and specialized team, using a real-world underway ferry, practiced tactical boardings-at-sea, active shooter scenarios, and detection of radiological material. 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ross Ruddell)

Petty Officer 2nd Class William Pettit and Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Seufer await final checks of their diving helmets prior to entry into the waters of Honolulu Harbor from the pier at Coast Guard Base Honolulu, July 30, 2015. The dive rate was created in January 2014 and the Regional Diver Locker Pacific, located in Honolulu, is in the process of their initial stand up and certifications. 

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer Sara Mooers)