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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 to Allow Waivers for Bigger Tattoos and Ink in New Places

The Coast Guard will now consider waiver requests for its tattoo restrictions on size and placement, considering each on a case-by-case basis, according to an announcement Monday from the service. Coasties may submit requests for exemptions through their command, while those interested in joining the service can submit their inquiries through their recruiter or officer selection officer. If the waiver

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Coast Guard Turns Eye Toward Recruitment, Retention as It Misses Goals

The Coast Guard must invest in its workforce, providing opportunities for training and promotion at modern shore facilities and on updated ships and aircraft, Commandant Adm. Linda Fagan told members of Congress last week. Without upgrades to the service’s workforce management system, she said, the Coast Guard will not be able to recruit and retain the talent it needs to

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US Coast Guard Has Intercepted More than 3,000 Florida-Bound Cuban Migrants Since October

MIAMI — The U.S. Coast Guard has stopped at sea more than 3,000 Cuban migrants fleeing deteriorating economic, safety and political conditions in the island nation who were heading to the coast of Florida since October — more than the last five fiscal years combined, according to the agency. The staggering figure comes as the Coast Guard announced it returned

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Ex-Coast Guard Employee Pleads Guilty in Test-Fixing Case

NEW ORLEANS — A former U.S. Coast Guard employee has pleaded guilty in a test score-fixing scheme that happened over seven years at an exam center in Louisiana, federal prosecutors said. U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans, in a news release Tuesday, said Eldridge Johnson entered the plea June 23 to one count each of bribery and conspiracy to defraud the

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Coast Guard Academy Welcomes 302 Swabs for Day One

NEW LONDON — Members of Hotel platoon lined a hallway in Chase Hall at the Coast Guard Academy on Monday, arms at a 90-degree angle in front of their faces as they studied their pocket-sized training handbook, called the Running Light, while waiting to get haircuts. The air conditioning had broken, and they would soon be drenched with rain on top of sweat. They

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Coast Guard Rescues 7 After Boat Struck by Lightning off Florida Coast

TAMPA, Fla. — A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter lifted seven boaters to safety after their 39-foot vessel was struck by lightning 100 miles off the Clearwater coast Saturday. The five women and two men were participating in a fishing tournament when their boat encountered a lightning storm, according to a Coast Guard news release. None sustained serious injuries. “Lightning storms

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Fire Forces Evacuation of 89 Children from Cruise Ship; Coast Guard Investigating

NORFOLK — More than 100 people, most of which were children, were evacuated from the Spirit of Norfolk as emergency crews worked to control what officials believe is an engine room fire onboard the dinner cruise ship Tuesday. Fire and military emergency crews were dispatched just after 12:05 p.m. for a report of a boat fire near Pier 3 at Naval Station Norfolk. The U.S. Coast Guard also called

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Ingalls Christens its 10th Legend-Class National Security Cutter

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Ingalls Shipbuilding held a christening ceremony Saturday for National Security Cutter Calhoun (WMSL 759) — the 10th NSC the Pascagoula shipyard has built for the U.S. Coast Guard. WMSL 759 is named in honor of Charles L. Calhoun, the first Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. Calhoun served in the U.S. Navy for three years during World War II as a torpedoman 2nd

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