Coast Guard

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The U.S. Coast Guard’s mission is to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests — in the nation’s ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.

For over two centuries the U.S. Coast Guard has safeguarded the United States’ maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe. We protect the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America’s Maritime Guardian — Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

Today’s U.S. Coast Guard, with nearly 42,000 men and women on active duty, is a unique force that carries out an array of civil and military responsibilities touching almost every facet of the U.S. maritime environment.

By law, the Coast Guard has 11 missions: 

•Ports, waterways, and coastal security
•Drug interdiction
•Aids to navigation
•Search and rescue
•Living marine resources
•Marine safety
•Defense readiness
•Migrant interdiction
•Marine environmental protection
•Ice operations
•Other law enforcement

The legal basis for the Coast Guard is Title 14 of the United States Code, which states: “The Coast Guard as established January 28, 1915, shall be a military service and a branch of the armed force of the United States at all times.” Upon the declaration of war or when the President directs, the Coast Guard operates under the authority of the Department of the Navy. 

As members of a military service, Guardians on active duty and in the Reserve are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and receive the same pay and allowances as members of the same pay grades in the other four armed services.

The Coast Guard’s motto is “Semper Paratus,” which means “Always Ready.”

Coast Guard Station Assists in Recovery of Individual Swept Off Rocks

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Coast Guard and local response agencies rescued an individual in distress south of Carmel Bay in Monterey County, Sunday. At 11:53 a.m. Sunday, Coast Guard Sector San Francisco Command Center watchstanders were notified by Coast Guard Station Monterey Bay of an adult male reportedly washed off the rocks at Soberanes Point. ... more

Coast Guard, Good Samaritan Rescue Boater from Fire

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PORTSMOUTH, Va. — The Coast Guard assisted with the rescue of a boater Monday after the man's 33-foot sailboat caught fire five miles west of Windmill Point in the Chesapeake Bay. Rescued was John Lee Brown Jr. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads received a VHF-FM channel 16 broadcast from Brown at approximately 10:40 a.m., stati... more

Coast Guard Rescues 2 Fishermen Off US Virgin Islands

CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two fishermen from a boat that capsized in rough waters off the U.S. Virgin Islands. The two residents of the island of St. Croix left early Monday for a fishing trip. But during their journey to outer banks their 21-foot Boston Whaler boat starting quickly taking on water... more

Disabled Russian Cargo Ship Towed with Coast Guard Help

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Coast Guard boats, aircraft and personnel from Alaska assisted in the recovery Monday of a disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel. Commercial tugboats safely towed the vessel, which lost power late last week, to Prince Rupert, British Columbia. The U.S. Coast Guard helped Canada's coast guard after being called upon b... more

Coast Guard Rescues Two People from Vessel Taking on Water

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SEATTLE -- The Coast Guard rescued two people after their vessel began taking on water north of Dungeness Spit, Sequim, Friday. A 45-foot Response Boat -- Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Port Angeles took the man and woman, both local residents, to the station. They did not require medical attention. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Pu... more

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