CGC Sycamore (WLB-209) - Missions
Search and Rescue (SAR)
SAR is one of the Coast Guard's oldest missions. Rescuing those in peril at sea has been a priority over all other Coast Guard peacetime missions. The Coast Guard keeps a nationwide system of boats, aircraft, cutters and rescue coordination centers on 24 hours alert, ready to respond to vessels in distress. The program objective is to minimize loss of life, personal injury, and property damage on the high seas and in all United States waters.
Aids to Navigation
The aids to navigation (ATON) program operates long-range electronic radio navigation aids worldwide, as well as domestic radio beacons.
Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE)
The MLE program objectives are: to enforce federal law on the high seas and in U.S. waters; to interdict drug smugglers and illegal migrants; to enforce exclusive economic zone laws and regulations up to 200 nautical miles offshore; to inspect domestic and foreign fishing vessels to ensure compliance with U.S. law; and to help other agencies enforce our nation's laws.
Maritime Environmental Protection (MEP)
Marine environmental response & Port safety and security.