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.”
Associated Press | Dec 12, 2013
OPA-LOCKA, Fla. - The U.S. Coast Guard is urging Haitians not to attempt risky sea voyages to escape their Caribbean homeland. Dozens of Haitian migrants have died in recent attempted crossings. Since Oct. 1, the Coast Guard has picked up 420 Haitians at sea. Officials say that in the past year, there's also been a significant increase in the ... more
Associated Press | Dec 12, 2013
HONOLULU - One person is dead after a small plane with nine people aboard crashed into the water off the Hawaiian island of Molokai (moh-loh-KY'-ee), a Maui County official said Wednesday. A female of unknown age died, county spokesman Rod Antone said. The identity of the victim could not be immediately confirmed. A pilot and eight passengers ... more
UPI | Dec 11, 2013
A Cuban refugee found adrift off Key Biscayne after six days at sea fears his missing partners drowned, officials say. Miami Fire Rescue found the 42-year-old man dehydrated but alive on a homemade raft made of four inner tubes strapped together, the Miami Herald reported Monday. He told the U.S. Coast Guard three other men were missing and "h... more
Associated Press | Dec 11, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The U.S. Coast Guard has called off a four-day search for 14 Dominican migrants bound for Puerto Rico who reportedly went missing at sea. Spokesman Ricardo Castrodad said Tuesday that concerned relatives called authorities after the ship left the Dominican Republic on Dec. 1 but did not arrive at its intended destinatio... more
| Dec 10, 2013
On most days, Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw keeps Great Lakes channels and harbors open to navigation to meet the region’s winter shipping needs. Saturday was not like most days. Mackinaw served once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship.” Loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, the icebreaker played homage to an annual Chicago tradition from... more