Portsmouth, Virginia, Official Coast Guard City

Welcome aboard the USCGC FORWARD (WMEC 911). As our guests, we would like to introduce you to our ship, her captain, crew, and some of her many responsibilities.

USCGC FORWARD is home ported at the Integraded Support Command (ISC) Portsmouth, VA. Her five sister ships: BEAR, TAMPA, HARRIET LANE, NORTHLAND and LEGARE are located in Portsmouth as well. All six ships share the same responsibilities, allowing their crews to enjoy a two-month inport period and a two-month deployment period.

The Tidewater area is rich with military families and comprised of Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach. This area offers a wide selection of family services, outstanding medical facilities and opportunities for higher education from institutions such as Old Dominion University, Hampton University, and Tidewater Community College.

If you are newly reporting, we look forward to having you as part of the crew. If you are a family member, we thank you for your ongoing support. Just visiting? Welcome aboard, we hope you enjoy the tour.