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.
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
•Aids to navigation
•Search and rescue
•Living marine resources
•Marine environmental protection
•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.”
| Apr 17, 2014
VIRGINIA BEACH -- It could be hours or days before a 751-foot cargo ship is moved from the spot it ran aground in the lower Chesapeake Bay Tuesday night. The bulk carrier Ornak, which isn't carrying any cargo, called the Coast Guard for help around 8:30 p.m. after storms barreled through the area and caused the ship to drag anchor, Capt. John L... more
American Forces Press Service | Apr 17, 2014
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited U.S. Coast Guard and Military Entrance Processing units here yesterday. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia engaged with dozens of Coast Guardsmen at the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron here to get feedback about personnel and b... more
| Apr 14, 2014
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti – It’s not something that happens very often in the U.S. Armed Forces, but the only Coast Guardsman at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, is also the only current Coast Guardsman to hold a command position of a U.S. Navy unit. “They live to drive boats, shoot guns and protect assets,” U.S. Coast Guard Cmdr. Alan Tubbs, Coastal R... more
| Apr 16, 2014
VIRGINIA BEACH -- A 751-foot ship ran aground, two others collided and about a dozen other ships were dragging anchor in the lower Chesapeake Bay on Tuesday night. Wind speeds reached as high as 60 to 70 mph as storms moved through the Lynnhaven area. The Coast Guard received numerous calls for help Tuesday night, said Petty Officer 1st Class ... more
Associated Press | Apr 16, 2014
The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued three crew members aboard a towing vessel taking on water and reportedly grounded in Lake Pontchartrain (PON'-chuh-train). Coast Guard Sector New Orleans' command center received a report Tuesday that the UTV Todd Michael was grounded on rocks near the Lakefront Airport with three people aboard. The ag... more