Coast Guard crewmembers aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II, from Station Fort Myers Beach, Florida, rescue a distressed dolphin after it landed in a boat near Back Bay, Thursday, July 21, 2016. The Coast Guard coordinated with a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission marine biologist who determined the dolphin should be placed back into the water as quickly as possible to ensure the dolphin's survival. U.S. Coast Guard video by Seaman Chris Epperson
The Coast Guard was established on January 28, 1915. The Coast Guard is charged with maritime security, safety, and stewardship. While the Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, during times of war, it can be transferred to the Department of the Navy, as it did in WWI and WWII.
The Coast Guard is comprised of approximately 40,000 active duty personnel supported by an additional 7,000 reservists.