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The Cruise Shipping Edition
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U.S.COAST GUARD 1
Dennis L. Bryant, Senior Maritime
Counsel at the law firm of Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C., is a contributing editor of MR/EN.
Pictured is the Coast Guard Cutter ADAK, from
Sandy Hook, NJ, patrols past the Brooklyn
Bridge. (USCG photo by PA2 Tom Sperduto)
The first foreign terrorist attack inside the United States was not the aviation- based assault of September II, 2001.
Eighty-five years earlier, foreign terror- ists attacked a vital marine port facility in the Port of New York and New Jersey.
Lest we forget.
Port security was first formally recog- nized as a national priority, and a Coast
Guard mission, during the World War I era. Early on the morning of July 30. 1916. a tremendous series of explosions ripped through the waterfront at Black
Tom Island in Jersey City. New Jersey.
Even though Europe had been at war for almost two years, peace still reigned in the United States. Although officially neutral. U.S. sentiment, both officially and popularly, had shifted heavily against the Axis Powers following the sinking of the RMS Lusitania by a
German submarine in May 7. 1915. In a precursor of the Lend-Lease Program of 1940, the Allied Powers were allowed to purchase arms and ammunition in the
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