Bremerton-Olympic Peninsula Council Navy League of the US

Aug 11: Luncheon Speaker Captain Laird Hail USCG (Ret) Director Seattle Vessel Traffic Control System



The Coast Guard is celebrating its 225nd year on August 4th. One of America’s five armed forces, it traces its founding to August 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 “Cutters” (small boats) to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue.

Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress. The service received its present name in 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to form a single maritime service dedicated to the safety of life at sea and enforcing the nation’s maritime laws.

The Coast Guard is a multi-mission, maritime, military service and the smallest of the five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in the nation’s waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support U.S. national security interests.

The Guest Speaker is will be Captain Laird Hail USCG (Ret). Captain Hail is currently the Director of the Puget Sound VTS at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound. In this role, he is responsible for the safe navigation of over 230,000 vessel transits a year in the Salish Sea from Cape Flattery to the Canadian Border to Olympia. Puget Sound VTS partners with the Canadian Coast Guard to jointly manage traffic in the shared waters off-shore, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Haro Strait, Boundary Pass, and lower Strait of Georgia.

Captain Hail is a 26-year Coast Guard veteran who graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1972.  Capt Hail served the bulk of his career on Cutters having command of Cutters USCGC EVERGREEN (WAGO-295), USCGC ACTIVE (WMEC-618), and USCGC CHASE (WHEC-718). Capt Hail’s final active duty assignment was as Chief, Office of Cutter Management from 1995 to 1998, in which he served as the program and facility manager for the Coast Guard’s 230 ship fleet.

Our social hour will begin at 11 am; opening will be at 11:45 followed by lunch. Location is the Bangor Conference Center, Trident Ballroom, NBK, Bangor.


Please call Evergreen Transfer & Storage at 360 674-2762 for your lunch registration.