Today, the U.S. Coast Guard celebrates 226 years of honor, respect and devotion to duty. As the nation’s premier maritime law enforcement community, Coast Guard personnel serve to save lives, protect the environment and defend the homeland.
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security.
First established in 1790 by President George Washington to enforce tariffs, the U.S. Coast Guard has become a military force and federal law enforcement agency dedicated to the safety, security and stewardship of the Nation’s waters.
The Coast Guard’s motto is “Semper Paratus” – always ready – to protect our nation and carry out the DHS mission.
Happy birthday, U.S. Coast Guard!