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The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States armed forces and one of seven uniformed services. The Coast Guard is a maritime, military, multi-mission service unique among the military branches for having a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) and a federal regulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the Department of the Navy by the President or Congress during time of war.

Founded by Alexander Hamilton as the Revenue Cutter Service on 4 August 1790, it lays claim to being the United States’ oldest continuous seagoing service. As of August 2009, the Coast Guard had approximately 42,000 men and women on active duty, 7,500 reservists, 29,000 auxiliarists, and 7,700 full-time civilian employees.

The Coast Guard’s legal authority differs from the other four armed services and it operates simultaneously under Title 10 of the United States Code and its other organic authorities, e.g., Titles 6, 14, 19, 33, 46, etc. Because of its legal authority, the Coast Guard can conduct military operations under the Department of Defense or directly for the President in accordance with Title 14 USC 1-3.

The Coast Guard’s enduring roles are Maritime Safety, Maritime Security, and Maritime Stewardship. To carry out those roles the Coast Guard has eleven statutory missions as defined in 6 U.S.C. § 468.

The Coast Guard motto is “Semper Paratus”, Latin for “Always Ready” or “Always Prepared”.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Transocean Coast Guard Flawed

Transocean Coast Guard Flawed Transocean: Coast Guard report on oil spill flawed By HARRY R. WEBER The owner of the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year said Wednesday that a Coast Guard report that faults … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Coast Guard Muzzled by Obama Administration

Coast Guard Muzzled by Obama Administration While Slowing BP Oil Spill, Administration Slowed Flow Of Information Too, Claims Coast Guard Report By Mike Levine WASHINGTON — The Obama administration failed to set up an “effective” communications system during last year’s … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Cuba Oil Spill Coast Guard Plan

Cuba Oil Spill Coast Guard Plan Coast Guard planning for potential Cuba oil spill By William E. Gibson, Washington Bureau WASHINGTON –  The Coast Guard has formed contingency plans to protect U.S. waters and beaches in case of a major … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Fresh Crude Washing Ashore Elmers Isle Louisiana

Fresh Crude Washing Ashore Elmers Isle Louisiana Coast Guard begins cleanup, skimming of new oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by Judson Parker UPDATE 3/22/2011 1:04PM EST: Oil has impacted 30 miles of shoreline so far, according to the … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Coast Guard Abandon Cleanup

Coast Guard Abandon Cleanup Coast Guard: Oil cleanup should be scaled back NEW ORLEANS — The cleanup of oiled beaches along the Gulf of Mexico has reached a point where crews, heavy equipment and thorough scrubbing can cause more damage … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Fran Ulmer Coast Guard Artic Oil Drilling

Fran Ulmer Coast Guard Artic Oil Drilling US not ready for Arctic oil drilling, say officials By Karin Zeitvogel WASHINGTON — The United States is ill-equipped to deal with a major oil catastrophe in Alaska, the Coast Guard admiral who … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Oil On Seafloor

Oil On Seafloor Coast Guard: Little seafloor oil from Gulf spill By CAIN BURDEAU NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard admiral overseeing cleanup of the BP oil spill says extensive sampling of the Gulf of Mexico seafloor has found oil … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Coast Guard Claims

Coast Guard Claims Spill Claims to U.S. Coast Guard Rise With Feinberg Rejections The U.S. Coast Guard has received 136 claims seeking a total of $28 million in compensation for damages from BP Plc’s oil spill, up from 10 that … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Coast Guard Honolulu Walnut

Coast Guard Honolulu Walnut Isle Coast Guard crew returns The cutter Walnut completes six months of helping to clean up oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill By Leila Fujimori Honolulu-based Coast Guard cutter Walnut and its crew returned yesterday from … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Coast Guard Cutter Aspen

Coast Guard Cutter Aspen Coast Guard Cutter Returns From Environmental Disaster By JOE ROSATO JR. How quickly things change. As Memorial Day approached last May, members of the Bay Area-based Coast Guard ship Aspen were going about their regular duties … Continue reading

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