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For over two centuries the U.S. Coast Guard has safeguarded our Nation’s maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe. We protect the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America’s Maritime Guardian — Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.
Today’s U.S. Coast Guard, with nearly 42,000 men and women on active duty, is a unique force that carries out an array of civil and military responsibilities touching almost every facet of the U.S. maritime environment.
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By law, the Coast Guard has 11 missions:
(listed in order of percentage of operating expenses)
Thus, we are military, multi-mission, and maritime.
CG22165A Crewmen from the Spencer (WPG-36) picking up survivors from a Nazi U-boat just before it sank. Photo courtesy of NARA.
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CG22155 Duane WPG-33 327' Treasury Class Cutters - Surface broadside view of the Duane underway in rough North Atlantic waters. Photo courtesy of NARA.
CG22164A Spencer (WPG-36) German prisoners from a sunken U-boat in the North Atlantic enjoying the food on the Spencer.Photo courtesy of NARA.
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