U.S. Coast Guard Birthday

Celebrating our Coast Guards and their Service

The coast guard is America’s one of five forces founded on August 4, 1790, by President George Washington who signs the Tariff Act authorizing ten vessels to enforce the federal tariff and trade laws and prevent smuggling.

In  1915 the Revenue Cutter Service merges with the U.S. Life-Saving Service and officially renamed the Coast Guard.

1939 President Franklin Roosevelt orders the transfer of Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard.

1946 Congress permanently transfers the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard.

In 1967 the Coast Guard is transferred to the Department of Transportation.

2003 The Coast Guard is transferred to the Department of Homeland Security.

The Coast Guard is both a federal law enforcement agency and military force the protector of the United States. They continue to enforce the nation’s laws at sea while protecting the marine environment, guarding the vast coastline & ports, and performing life-saving missions. They also defend the nation against terrorism and foreign threats.


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