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.”
The Coast Guard and Ocean Safety rescued two kayakers trapped on Molokini Crater Monday. Watchstanders at Sector Honolulu Command Center received notification at 3:20 p.m. from Maui Fire Department of two kayakers who were beset by weather and were forced onto the rocks on Molokini Crater. After climbing to safety, the kayakers called 911 for a... more
HONOLULU -- The Coast Guard presented a Meritorious Public Service award Monday at the Matson terminal to crewmembers from the Matson ship Manukai for the rescue of three men from a sailboat caught in Hurricane Julio 414 miles northeast of Oahu, Aug. 10, 2014. Rear Adm. Cari Thomas, commander of the 14th Coast Guard District presented the award... more
A Coast Guard plane touched down in Orlando at dusk Tuesday, hauling a cargo of the world's rarest sea turtles, rescued by volunteers from the lethally chilly waters and beaches of Cape Cod Bay. Weighing only 2 to 10 pounds, the young Kemp's Ridley sea turtles are among the first of an astounding wave of the reptiles to succumb to hypothermia i... more
CLEVELAND -- A Coast Guard aircrew medically evacuated an 80-year-old man off Beaver Island in Lake Michigan Sunday night. The man's name is not being released. At 5:40 p.m., emergency medical personnel on Beaver Island contacted a search and rescue coordinator at the Coast Guard Ninth District command center to request assistance with transpo... more
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard says 6 people have been rescued from a sailboat that foundered in rough seas off in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Spokesman Ricardo Castrodad says one of the women suffered a foot injury but the rest were apparently unharmed. Castrodad says the chartered vessel ran aground Monday near Cor... more