The information in this post originally appeared in a Coast Guard news release published Feb. 18, 2020.
The Commandant of the United States Coast Guard will deliver his second State of the Coast Guard Address Thursday at the Charleston Cruise Ship Terminal.
During the address, Adm. Karl Schultz will highlight the importance of South Carolina’s ports and waterways to the nation and the vital role the Coast Guard plays in Charleston to ensure continued global security and economic prosperity.
Schultz will also reflect on the organization’s successes over the past year, including the Coast Guard response to Hurricane Dorian, detail the Fiscal Year 2021 President’s Budget Request, and outline the shared vision for the future of the Service.
The address will discuss topics such as positioning the Coast Guard’s workforce for the future, investments in shore infrastructure, vital acquisition projects, and how Coast Guard people are leading and executing in today’s complex global environment.
The commandant will also announce the future investment in Charleston to support the arrival of the service’s newest military surface assets. Over the next five years, the Coast Guard will homeport multiple new cutters and consolidate its operations along one waterfront, growing Charleston into one of the nation’s largest concentrations of Coast Guard assets and people.
Schultz will highlight Coast Guard operations throughout U.S. ports and waterways, all part of the Marine Transportation System, which facilitate $5.4 trillion in annual economic activity and 30.8 million jobs.
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