The United States Coast Guard celebrated its 221st birthday yesterday, August 4.
First established by President George Washington in 1790 as the Revenue Cutter Service, this small group of vessels provided protection to the growing country’s ports. Over the years, the Coast Guard has grown to protect not only the nation’s ports, but the nation and its citizens – especially those engaged in activities on the water.
Over 42,000 men and women are part of today’s Coast Guard which is housed under the Department of Homeland Security.
You can find their official Facebook Page here.
And their official Twitter Feed here.
From the United States Coast Guard website:
The Coast Guard has 11 areas of focus:
- 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