227 Years of Defending Our Coasts

Coast GuardThe U.S. Coast Guard celebrates its 227th birthday this year. Founded on August 4th, 1790, it was originally just ten vessels built to enforce federal tariff and trade laws. Today, it is a multi-mission military service guarding the public, the environment and U.S. economic interests in our waterways, along the coast, and on international waters.

By the numbers…

  • With a role in both law enforcement and war, the U.S. Coast Guard has a unique job in the military. Its 42,000 active duty members, 7,500 reservists and 30,000 members of the auxiliary, are called Guardians.
  • According to the U.S.C.G. Boating Resource Center, on an average day, the Coast Guard conducts 109 searches and rescues, saves ten lives, seizes nearly 500 pounds of marijuana and cocaine worth $9,589,000.00, and investigates six vessel casualties.
  • When the Continental Navy was disbanded in 1790, the forerunner of today’s Coast Guard was the the ONLY maritime service at the disposal of the United States. The first three warships of the U.S. Navy didn’t set sail until 1797.
  • Throughout their long history, the Coast Guard has served proudly in every one of our nation's conflicts. Today, it is the only branch of the military that doesn’t belong to the Defense Department. Since 2003, it is has been the strong arm of the Department of Homeland Security.

Happy Birthday, U.S. Coast Guard! Thanks For Your Service.