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 announced on Friday afternoon that at sunset today it will suspend the search for the two missing teenage boaters, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen. During a news conference at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, in Opa-locka, Capt. Mark Fedor told reporters that the agency's "active and open search" would last through daylight hours... more
LOS ANGELES — Beaches along the Santa Barbara County coast remained open to swimmers, surfers and sunbathers Friday as the Coast Guard worked to determine whether an oil slick that materialized just offshore this week was simply the result of natural ocean-floor seepage. That's the conclusion Jordan Clark, professor of earth science and enviro... more
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A seventh night of searches for two Florida boys missing at sea has passed with no major break. The Coast Guard says crews are still scouring waters from Florida to South Carolina on Friday but haven't found any new clues in the disappearance. Fourteen-year-olds Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos of Tequesta have been... more
One hundred years after it was created, the U.S. Coast Guard will be the subject of a U.S. Postal Service stamp. The Forever stamp, named because it's always worth a first-class stamp regardless of postal price fluctuations, will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The stamp is based on ... more
GOLETA, Calif. — Beachgoers were warned to avoid tar balls on Thursday along the Santa Barbara shoreline as the Coast Guard sought the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick that floated up 1,000 yards from the sand. Authorities said the three-mile sheen was harmless to people and beaches remained open — in contrast to the mass closure ... more