NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard recently released the Cooperative Maritime Strategy developed by the two agencies. The introduction to the document, signed by Admiral Papp and Dr. Lubchenco, is a stirring testament to our shared legacy and commitment. We reprint that introduction here.
25 February 2013
We are pleased to promulgate our Nation’s first-ever Cooperative Maritime Strategy between the United States Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For over 200 years, our Services have stood in partnership on maritime resilience, environmental sustainability, and scientific research. Indeed, America is a maritime nation, and the oceans, coasts, rivers and Great Lakes are the lifeblood of our economy. The maritime commons promote economic growth, advance technology, and challenge the human spirit. Our Services share a legacy and are committed to a future that honors our responsibilities as stewards of the oceans.
The Father of the Revenue Marine, Secretary Alexander Hamilton once said, “There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism.” Not only is our shared legacy marked in a vision for maritime excellence, but also in front-line acts of courage and inspiration. From rescuing survivors in unforgiving regions like the Arctic since the mid-1800s, to flying through hurricanes today to collect data, our men and women have served America with distinction for over two centuries.
This strategy builds on our legacy and establishes an integrated and coherent course for the future. Moving forward, we will continue partnering to promote a safe and sustainable marine environment, enhance collaboration in the Arctic and Gulf Coast regions, and foster innovation in science and technology. Perhaps most strategic, our Services will build on existing programs to inspire our Nation’s youth academically in the areas of science, technology, mathematics, and marine environmental protection. We will implement this strategy pragmatically and mindful of the fiscal challenges we currently face. It provides a solid vision and is the North Star for our future.
Robert J. Papp, Jr.
Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard
Commandant of the Coast Guard
Dr. Jane Lubchenco
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans
and Atmosphere, and NOAA Administrator