A nuclear armed Coast Guard The Air Farce has nuclear gravity bombs and ICBMs The Navy has nuclear cruise missiles and torpedos The Army has nuclear artillery shells What about the Coast Guard? Consider that North Korea is saying they have a big nuclear pecker and China lusting after Taiwan, nuclear deterrance is the sexy thing to do - again. For the non-Coastie pukes, it's lesson time: The Coast Guard is comprised of the surface vessels and the air wing. The fleet ships I'm concerned with consist of the 378 foot cutters. They are armed with a rapid fire 90mm cannon, 4 torpedo tubes with Mark-48 torpedos, 4 Harpoon launchers and several .50 machine guns. The Harpoon missile is a nuclear capable weapon as well as the Mark-48 torpedo. We regularly send the 378s into the Pacific for fisheries enforcement and the occasional rescue of distressed vessels. It's not uncommon for our cutters to operate outside of Japanese waters. It wouldn't be a problem for a cutter to make a port call to Taiwan - i.e. placing a nuclear armed vessel right where it'd be both highly visible and quite capable of ruining the day of an invasion fleet. So what do you think? Should the Coast Guard become part of our nuclear deterrance?