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.”
| May 17, 2013
PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. – The crew of the 210-foot, Port Canaveral-based Coast Guard Cutter Confidence returned to homeport May 15, concluding a 46-day deployment to the central Caribbean. The crew of the Confidence departed Port Canaveral March 31, 2013, to conduct a homeland security, law enforcement, and alien migrant interdiction patrol, and w... more
| May 16, 2013
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard helicopter crew conducting a training flight was diverted to rescue a man clinging to a telephone pole in the water May 14 in South Bay, Port Aransas, Texas. Maison Rickmon of Cuero, was riding his personal watercraft earlier in the day when it became disabled and was capsized by waves in the bay, leaving h... more
| May 16, 2013
“Take care of your people and they’ll take care of you.” “Take care of your shipmates.” These are adages as timeless as they are true. Every Coast Guardsman has heard them in training and beyond. That’s why Cmdrs. James Kammel and Cliff Neve decided to walk the walk and volunteer at the 7th annual “2 Fly” competition in partnership with ... more
| May 15, 2013
It was a journey that would take more than five weeks, six 32-foot security boats, two pick-up trucks, six boat trailers and 15 five-ton storage containers. This journey included traveling more than 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Everett, Wash., to Pohang, South Korea. Coast Guard port security units 311, 312 and 313 mobilized 80 ... more
| May 15, 2013
It began with a 911 call from someone stranded aboard a 17-foot recreation boat that was soft aground in the low tide waters near the San Mateo Bridge. A rescue boatcrew from Station San Francisco was deployed to assist, but the stranded vessel was too far into the shallow water and the tide was going out. The decision was made to lower Petty O... more