Happy Birthday, Dear Coast Guard
We want to wish a hearty “Happy Birthday!” to the U.S. Coast Guard as they celebrate their 227th birthday today!
Our modern-day Coast Guard began on August 4, 1790 under the Department of Treasury as the Revenue Cutter Service. I found their history to be fascinating.
The Coast Guard is tasked with our maritime protection involving safety, security and environment and do so “on land, sea and in the air.”
They are the one of our five branches of military service tasked with overseeing cruise ships in the United States. This branch has 11 missions they must perform.
This includes a strong involvement with the cruise line industry. “The U.S. Coast Guard is both a regulator and the enforcement agency that oversees cruise ships in U.S. waters. They are involved in nearly every aspect of cruise ship oversight, from ship design and construction to ongoing operations. The Coast Guard conducts regular announces and unannounced inspections of cruise ships.” (CLIA)
In 2015 alone, USCG responded to 37,215 Search & Rescue cases and saved over 3,500 lives. We appreciate the Coast Guard’s motto, “Semper Paratus.” They are “Always Ready” to protect our waters and those who sail on them.
Happy Birthday, U.S. Coast Guard and our wish for the daily safety of the men and women who serve in it.