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.”

US Coast Guard Delegation Arrives in Port Sudan

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PORT SUDAN – A team from the United States Coast Guard has arrived Monday in Sudan's coastal city of Port Sudan within the framework of cooperation between the two sides. Last week, the director general of Sudan's Sea Ports Corporation (SPC), Jalal al-Din Mohamed Shulia, said that a high-level delegation from the US Coast Guard will arrive in P... more

Coast Guard Medevacs Ailing Man from Charter Boat near Sitka

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The Coast Guard rescued a 68-year-old man having chest pains from a charter boat north of Sitka on Sunday. Juneau's Coast Guard command center received a report from the Western Profit, a 62-foot charter vessel, that the man was in distress, the Coast Guard said in a news release Monday. A Sitka Air Station MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew medeva... more

Coast Guard Graduate Carries on Long Family Legacy

President Barack Obama is introduced at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation in New London, Conn., Wednesday, May 20, 2015, before giving the commencement address. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

In the United States Coast Guard's 100-year existence, there have only been three years when a relative of Marina Stevens' has not been a part of the service. With her great-grandfather joining in 1918, and service from her grandfather, mother, father, aunts and uncles, the Stevens family has put in a combined 204 years of service to the Coast ... more

Casino Cruise Ship Shut Down Due to Safety 'Deficiencies'

Jacksonville Harbor is one of the many harbors maintained by Jacksonville District. Pictured is the commercial channel near the Dames Point Bridge on Florida State Road 9A. (U.S. Army photo)

A gambling ship based at Mayport Village has had its operations temporarily shut down due to safety concerns raised by the U.S. Coast Guard. The Victory Casino Cruise ship needs to address several "safety deficiencies," Coast Guard Public Affairs Officer Anthony Soto said Monday evening. He said officials with the Coast Guard received an anonym... more

Coast Guard Launches Boating Safety App

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ST. THOMAS -- The U.S. Coast Guard has launched a boating safety app that can provide boaters with a variety of information when they are on the water. The app features local boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspici... more

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