CHARLESTON, S.C. — The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard outlined the vision for the service and highlighted the accomplishments of its people during the State of the Coast Guard Address in Charleston.

During his annual address, Adm. Karl Schultz reflected on the organization’s successes over the past year and the Fiscal Year 2021 President’s Budget Request. He also outlined plans to expand the Coast Guard’s footprint in the Charleston area by homeporting five National Security Cutters and potentially becoming a future home of the service’s Offshore Patrol Cutter, currently under construction.

“Charleston is a first stop to nationwide investment in our service, our facilities, and our people,” Adm. Schultz told attendees Thursday. “To serve the communities in which we live, we need early adopters like you here today…”

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