Coast Guard Cities

A 45-foot Response Boat in San Diego Bay. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Henry G. Dunphy)

The very nature of the Coast Guard's mission creates a need for understanding between the Coast Guard and the local community. Coast Guard commands everywhere are urged to develop the kinds of relationships that enable unit commanders to sense public attitudes and interests.


Making Coast Guard servicemembers and their families feel comfortable in their home away from home is an invaluable contribution to morale and service excellence. Many cities have taken strides to acknowledge the contributions and services provided by Coast Guard men and women assigned to their cities. The Coast Guard has in turn recognized these cities as official "Coast Guard Cities" – to show their appreciation for the city's efforts to extend so many considerations to the Coast Guard family and their dependents.

To date, sixteen cities have been designated by Congress as Coast Guard Cities:

City Designation Date Website
Grand Haven, MI November 13, 1998
Eureka , CA June 3, 2000
Mobile , AL July 4, 2002
Wilmington , NC July 25, 2003
Newport , OR March 28, 2005
Alameda, CA April 14, 2006
Kodiak, AK September 15, 2007
Rockland, ME June 16, 2008
Portsmouth, VA November 17, 2009
Traverse City, MI April 7, 2010
Astoria, OR May 1, 2010
Sitka, AK February 14, 2011
Clearwater, FL December 23, 2011
Newburyport, MA December 23, 2011
Sturgeon Bay, WI January 23, 2014
Camden County, GA January 23, 2014
Cape May, NJ May 8, 2015
Elizabeth City, NC May 29, 2015
New London, CT May 24, 2015
Carteret County, NC July 7, 2015

If your city is interested in becoming a Coast Guard City, please click here for more information, or contact Ms. Deborah Claiborne at (202) 372-4620 or by e-mail at

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