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The Coast Guard was established on Aug. 4, 1790. The Coast Guard is charged with maritime security, safety, and stewardship. While the Coast Guard operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, during times of war, it can be transferred to the Department of the Navy, as it did in WWI and WWII.

The Coast Guard is comprised of approximately 40,000 active duty personnel supported by an additional 7,000 reservists.

Find the latest news and information on the U.S. Coast Guard including top stories, technology, policies, leadership, and more.

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Florida Military Bases Assessing Damage After Hurricane Ian Batters the State

Florida military bases hit by Hurricane Ian’s destructive Category 4 winds and flooding were assessing damage Thursday as facilities in other parts of the state and the southern U.S., such as Parris Island, closely monitored the storm. MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, which ordered a mandatory evacuation on Monday, said it was still examining the scope of damage after

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Military Prepares as Hurricane Ian Bears Down on Florida

As Hurricane Ian grows in strength and shifts slightly eastward, military personnel and units throughout Florida are battening down the hatches and moving out of the storm’s path, even as they prepare to respond to emergencies that may occur in the coming days. Pentagon officials said Tuesday that more than 3,200 National Guard members were on state orders, ready to

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Coast Guard Works to Remove Sunken Ship From Columbia River

The U.S. Coast Guard on Friday brought in a much larger floating crane to remove the Alert, one of two vessels that sank near the Interstate 5 Bridge. The former World War II submarine chaser should be lifted and moved to the shipyard within three days. While the process of lifting and moving the Alert and the sunken towboat Sakarissa is complex and

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Migrants Flown to Martha’s Vineyard Moving to Military Base

EDGARTOWN, Mass. — Migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard on the orders of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will be moved Friday to housing on a military base on Cape Cod, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said. The Republican governor said the move to the mainland would be voluntary. Baker praised residents and officials on Martha’s Vineyard for taking care of the nearly

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Bill Would Boost Coast Guard Benefits, Pay Members During Federal Shutdowns

In January 2019, members of the Coast Guard went a month without pay — the only part of the armed forces forced to work for free during the longest U.S. government shutdown in history. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation wants to make sure it never happens again. Among the personnel initiatives in the Senate’s 2022 Coast Guard

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Coast Guard Unprepared for Tsunamis, Watchdog Warns

Coast Guard units stationed in the Pacific Northwest are not prepared to deal with the impact of a tsunami, according to a government watchdog. In a report published by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) last week, investigators say that “only 19 of the 39 Coast Guard units at risk in this region have a written tsunami evacuation plan for personnel

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Lancha Operator Admits Trying to Flee from US Coast Guard

A 15-minute pursuit between the U.S. Coast Guard and a Mexican fishing vessel, also known as a lancha, ended with the boat operator being taken into custody and charged. According to a federal criminal complaint, Eder Tadeo-Perez told authorities he did not stop the lancha because he thought he could make it back home. He had been suspected of illegally fishing in U.S. waters. Tadeo-Perez appeared

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Coast Guard Foundation to Host Tribute to Pacific Islands District

The U.S. Coast Guard Foundation will be hosting “Tribute to the 14th Coast Guard District ” Sept. 23 at Nico’s Upstairs, an event that’s expected to bring local leaders and top service brass to an increasingly busy area of Coast Guard operations. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan and District 14 Commander Rear Adm. Michael Day are expected to attend, along with other Coast Guard personnel and community leaders. Coast Guard District 14, headquartered

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Coast Guard Got Alert 20 Minutes After Boat Crash, Timeline Says. Why Was There a Delay?

The U.S. Coast Guard received the first call about a deadly boat crash off the Florida Keys about 20 minutes after the tragedy, according to a timeline released by the agency. The vessel struck a channel marker, killing Miami-Dade County high school senior Luciana “Lucy” Fernandez and sending 14 people into the water. Fernandez’s friend Katerina Sofia Puig, 17, remains in the hospital fighting for her life. Two other

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