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 Pay Cutoff Looms as House Votes Down Homeland Funding

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The House voted down a bill Friday that would have extended funding for the $40 billion Homeland Security Department for another three weeks, leaving 42,000 Coast Guard active duty members and 34,000 retirees to face the loss of their paychecks. The 224 -203 vote was a stunning rebuke to the House Republican leadership that backed the stopg... more

Coast Guard Crew Rescues Fisherman from Thames River

NEW LONDON -- A man was rescued from the Thames River Wednesday night by a passing Coast Guard vessel. Capt. Ed Cubanski, commander of Sector Long Island Sound for the U.S. Coast Guard, said that the motor vessel John F. Kennedy was coming into New London Wednesday night when its crew noticed a man clinging to a pylon near City Pier. The man w... more

Coast Guard Station Destin in Wait and See Mode

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DESTIN -- Like the rest of the country, the personnel at Coast Guard Station Destin are waiting to see if Congress will pass a bill to fund theDepartment of Homeland Security. If the House and Senate don't act before current funding runs out on Friday, many of their routine activities might be curtailed, along with their paychecks. "We've been... more

Coast Guard Helicopter Remains, But Court Fight Continues

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Newport Fishermen's Wives, the city of Newport, Lincoln County and others who sued the U.S. Coast Guard to block it from shuttering its helicopter base in Newport are still battling the agency in court, even though the air base is remaining in place this year. The plaintiffs want to suspend the case they brought until the end of the year, so th... more

Coast Guard Decommissions Grand Isle Cutter after 24 Years

Mack McCallon was a newly minted Coast Guard chief petty officer in the fall of 1990 when he was transferred to Gloucester from Seattle, just in time to join the first crew of the Grand Isle. "Just after Thanksgiving, we went down to Louisiana to pick up the Grand Isle and start that process," McCallon said today while standing in the blustery ... more

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