United States Coast Guard

Happy Birthday to the United States Coast Guard, which is celebrating its 233rd birthday today! The Coast Guard was initially established as the Revenue Cutter Service on August 4, 1790 and served as protector of the nation’s waterways.

Today, the United States Coast Guard is an elite branch of the military and plays an important role in protecting and preserving the safety, security, and stewardship of our nation’s coasts and maritime resources. The Coast Guard is dedicated to performing its vital mission of maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in the 21st century.

In honor of their 233rd birthday, let us take a moment to recognize the outstanding men and women of the United States Coast Guard who have served, and will continue to serve in the future. Happy Birthday, Coast Guard!

Did you know?

As far as structure is concerned, U.S. Coast Guard is part of the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, but functions under the US Navy in war time.

A painting by Gil Cohen entitled: "Inspection of a Merchant Ship." Painting depicts crew of the Revenue Cutter Morris preparing to board the passenger ship Benjamin Adams on July 16, 1861.

James D Henjum

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