Liberian National Coast Guard
CountryLiberia Liberia
TypeCoast guard
AnniversariesFebruary 11
EngagementsFirst Liberian Civil War
Second Liberian Civil War
Commander-in-ChiefPresident George Weah
Minister of DefenseDaniel Ziankahn
Commander of the Coast GuardMajor Theophilus Momo Duo
Naval Jack

The Liberian National Coast Guard is the naval force of Liberia, part of the Armed Forces of Liberia. Its main duties are law enforcement along Liberia's coast and in its maritime area, and aiding those in distress.[1]


The Liberian National Coast Guard, was established in 1959.[2] Throughout the Tubman period the coastguard was little more than a few sometimes unserviceable patrol craft manned by ill-trained personnel, though its training improved in the 1980s to the point where it was considered the best trained of the armed services.[2]

In 1984 the Liberian National Coast Guard contained about 450 personnel.[3] Under Samuel Doe the Coast Guard was retitled the Liberian Navy in 1986 through the passage of The Liberian Navy Act of 1986.[4] However, as a result of the First and Second Liberian civil wars, the navy lost control of its bases and was reduced to an insignificant force.[3]

The Coast Guard was reactivated on the 53rd Armed Forces Day on February 11, 2010, with an initial strength of 40 personnel who had been trained in the United States.[5] A United States Coast Guard officer is now serving at the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia supporting efforts to reestablish the Liberian Coast Guard.[6]

A detachment from SeaBee Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7, based at Naval Station Rota, Spain, constructed a United States Africa Command-funded boat ramp and concrete perimeter wall for the Coast Guard, which was handed over in December 2010.[7] In February 2011, the United States turned over two donated USCG Defender class boats to the Coast Guard.[8]


The fleet of the Liberian National Coast Guard currently consists of:


Main article: Military ranks of Liberia

The ranks and insignia of the Liberian National Coast Guard are based on those of the United States Coast Guard, and are laid out in the Liberian Defense Act of 2008.[1]


Rank group General/flag officers Senior officers Junior officers Officer cadet
Liberian National Coast Guard[10]
Captain Commander Lieutenant commander Lieutenant Lieutenant (junior grade) Ensign

Enlisted personnel

Rank group Senior NCOs Junior NCOs Enlisted
Liberian National Coast Guard[10]
Master Chief Petty Officer Senior Chief Petty Officer Chief Petty Officer Petty Officer First Class Petty Officer Second Class Petty Officer Third Class Seaman Seaman recruit


  1. ^ a b "Defense Act of 2008" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Library of Congress Liberia Country Study 1984: Organization and Strength". Washington DC. Retrieved 23 May 2017.Accessed via
  3. ^ a b c "Brief History on the Liberian Coast Guard". Ministry of National Defense. 2016. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Ellen Signs Anti-Corruption Act, Commissions Several Officials", The Inquirer (Monrovia), August 22, 2008
  5. ^ Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President's Annual Message, January 25, 2010
  6. ^ Chief Petty Officer Jason Morris, APS, Seabees Bolster Liberia's Coast Guard Archived July 20, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Africa Partnership Station Public Affairs, October 20, 2009
  7. ^ NMCB 7 Liberia Detachment Receives Commendation, May 30, 2010. Retrieved June 2010, and Liberian Coast Guard Ready for 24/7 Ops, December 29, 2010. Retrieved February 21, 2011
  8. ^ US Equip AFL with 2 Boats
  9. ^ "USCG: About Us - Aircraft & Cutters". Archived from the original on 2012-01-22.
  10. ^ a b "Defense Act of 2008" (PDF). 3 September 2008. p. 8. Retrieved 20 November 2017.