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 U.S. Coast Guard's fleet of two operating Arctic-class icebreakers will be sufficient -- if barely so -- for about another six years, the agency's new Alaska commandant said Monday. Rear Adm. Daniel Abel, who took over in June as the commandant for the sprawling Alaska district, told the U.S. Arctic Research Commission the Coast Guard can g... more
Forest Grove Fire & Rescue firefighters reunited with members of the U.S. Coast Guard who helped rescue a surveyor who fell down a ravine in July. Dennis Keister, 57, fell about 30 feet during the incident, which occurred near the Gales Creek Campground. Keister was part of a team of land surveyors on private property off Oregon 6, Wilson Rive... more
The Coast Guard needs $1 billion to build a new polar icebreaker. Members of Congress at a recent hearing said the service wasn't going to get it. At least not from them. Although a Navy representative and officials from other federal agencies testified to the importance of attaining a new icebreaker for the Arctic, none of them promised to hel... more
ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Coast Guard rescued three hunters from dangerous weather conditions at Windy Lake near Kodiak Sunday. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Kodiak safely transported the men to Air Station Kodiak where they were examined by waiting emergency medical personnel. Watchstanders at the 17th District command cent... more
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