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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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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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Cuba Cracks Down on Would-Be Rafters as US Coast Guard Ramps Up Patrols in the Caribbean

Residents of a shantytown in a coastal area near Havana clashed last week with police officers who were looking for makeshift rafts, one of two recent violent confrontations involving the country’s security forces as authorities appear to be ramping up efforts to curb the number of Cubans fleeing to the United States by sea. In a separate incident, the Cuban coast guard reportedly detained

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Coast Guard Sidelines Cutter Commander After Mishap on Board

The Coast Guard has relieved the commander of the National Security Cutter James while the service investigates an undisclosed incident that occurred on board. Capt. Marc Brandt was relieved Aug. 26 and temporarily reassigned to Coast Guard Atlantic Area in Portsmouth following a mishap in which “no personnel were injured,” according to a press release published Friday. The service did

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Coast Guard Rescues Spear Fisherman in Distress off Dog Island, US Virgin Islands

A Coast Guard MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter aircrew rescued a spear fisherman in distress on the rocks just off Dog Island, near Little St. James, Sunday. The survivor, a man believed to be over 50-years-old, was injured and holding on as six-foot seas from passing Tropical Storm Earl crashed against the rocks. “This was a challenging case in a tropical storm with heavy seas,

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Coast Guard Ends Search for 9 Missing in Floatplane Crash

WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — The U.S. Coast Guard suspended the search Monday afternoon for nine people, including a child, who were missing after a floatplane crashed in the waters of Puget Sound northwest of Seattle. The body of a 10th person, an unidentified female, was recovered by a good Samaritan on Sunday after the crash was reported at 3:11 p.m.,

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Accounts Differ in Unvaccinated Coast Guard Cadet Departures

HARTFORD, Conn. — Coast Guard Academy officials and a lawyer for several cadets are disputing each other’s accounts of what happened to seven students before and after they were forced to leave the Connecticut campus last month after refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The New London academy said in a statement Thursday that school officials helped the seven cadets

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Coast Guard Graduates First Relocated Rescue Swimmer Class After North Carolina Facility Deemed Unsafe

The Coast Guard graduated its first West Coast class of rescue swimmers last month after the elite course was forced to relocate this year due to a “critical facilities issue” at its Elizabeth City, North Carolina, training center. A dozen Coast Guard members became the first aviation survival technicians to graduate the rating’s “A” course at Coast Guard Training Center

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7 Unvaccinated Cadets Facing Expulsion from Coast Guard Academy

NEW LONDON — Seven Coast Guard Academy cadets ordered off campus this month face “disenrollment” for failing to comply with the military’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, the academy confirmed Tuesday. The cadets, who had applied for religious exemptions, were informed Thursday, Aug. 18 that they had until 4 p.m. the next day to leave the academy and return to their homes, according to the Summerville, S.C., attorney representing several of

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US Coast Guard Cutter Denied Port Call in Solomons amid China Tensions

BANGKOK — A U.S. Coast Guard cutter conducting patrols as part of an international mission to prevent illegal fishing was recently unable to get clearance for a scheduled port call in the Solomon Islands, according to reports, an incident that comes amid growing concerns of Chinese influence on the Pacific nation. The cutter Oliver Henry was taking part in Operation

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