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.”

Coast Guard Rescues 24-Year-Old Muskrat Trapper Stranded in Marsh

CLEVELAND -- Coast Guard crews rescued a 24-year-old man who became stranded in Deer Creek Marsh Wildlife Management Area near Oswego, New York, Wednesday night. The man's name is not being released and there is no imagery available. Around 7 p.m., an Oswego County emergency dispatcher notified a watchstander at Coast Guard Station Oswego of a... more

Michael Murphy Enhances Maritime Security Patrols with Coast Guard

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7TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy (DDG 112) completed the first mission of its maiden deployment by aiding the United States Coast Guard in patrolling Pacific Ocean waters for illegal fishing and other crimes Oct. 25-Nov. 6.  Michael Murphy helped conducted the Oceania Mariti... more

Coast Guard Academy Professor Named Coast Guard Engineer of the Year

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NEW LONDON, Conn. — Dr. David Mazurek, a civil engineering professor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, has been named the winner of the 2015 U.S. Coast Guard Engineer of the Year Award. Mazurek was selected from a strong and diverse pool of exceptional nominees based on his educational, professional, and personal achievements. An expert in struc... more

Shipyard Settles Over Deceptive Coast Guard Contracts

North Florida Shipyards and its president will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit that said the company created a front business to get Coast Guard contracts intended for disabled veterans, the Justice Department said Wednesday. "Those who expect to do business with the government must do so fairly and honestly," said Acting Assistant Attorney ... more

Woman Medevaced from Grounded Boat near Ocracoke

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A 42-foot motorboat ran aground about three miles east of Cedar Island near Ocracoke, injuring a woman aboard, according to the Coast Guard. The boat's operator sent a mayday call about 4 p.m., according to a news release, after a 34-year-old woman hurt her back and arms during the ground. A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Elizabeth ... more

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