‘Hull envy’: The looming crisis of the US Coast Guard
Vice - 05/31/2015
The Navy exists “to put metal-on-metal, to project power,” says Stephen Flynn, a former Coast Guard commander and the founding director of the Center for Resilience Studies at Northeastern University. The Coast Guard’s less intimidating profile, Flynn adds, is actually that way on purpose. First off, a white vessel pulling into a foreign port sends a very different message than does a gray warship. It’s one reason why the Navy’s hospital ships are white instead of gray.
“The Coast Guard plays a variety of different roles, and it can be this kind of Rosetta Stone across security challenges that don’t fit well within a traditional military context,” Flynn says.