Today marks 222 years of service by the U.S. Coast Guard. Since being founded as the Revenue Cutter Service on Aug. 4, 1790, the Coast Guard has undergone many changes, but still lives up to its motto, “Semper Paratus.” The above photo gallery spotlights just a few of the roles that the Coast Guard plays as the oldest continuous maritime service in the United States.
Coast Guard Day 2012 l Photos
U.S. Coast Guard boat crewmen with Maritime Safety and Security Team Los Angeles - Long Beach conduct tactical boat maneuvers in a 25-foot security boat during an exercise in San Pedro, California, July 31, 2012. The exercise was designed to test the unit's ability to protect a ship docked at a pier as well as underway, using four Coast Guard small boats. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers A Canadian Armed Forces CH-146 Griffon helicopter assigned to Royal Canadian Air Force 424 Squadron conducts rescue swimmer hoist training with the crew of a U.S. Coast Guard 41-foot rescue boat assigned to Coast Guard Station Tybee Island on the Savannah River in Savannah, Ga., Feb. 22, 2012. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Evanson, U.S. Coast Guard The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy remains offshore as the tanker vessel Renda transfers 1.3 million gallons of fuel to Nome, Alaska, Jan. 18, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler U.S. Coast Guardsmen from Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST) Honolulu practice entering and clearing spaces aboard the USS Ogden (LPD 5) anchored at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012. These versatile MSST units can be assigned in support of any of the Coast Guard's 11 statutory missions, but are commonly associated with port, waterway, and coastal security as well as other homeland security roles. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler An Air Station Kodiak HC-130 Hercules airplane crew deploys a portable dewatering pump to a simulated vessel in distress in the channel adjacent to downtown Kodiak, May 26, 2012. The pump deployment was part of the Coast Guard's search and rescue demonstration during the Kodiak Crab Festival. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Enforcement Specialist 3rd Class Tony Fuerst, bottom left, assigned to national security cutter USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751), boards guided missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) to facilitate training during a visit, board, search and seizure training exercise with the Indonesian navy June 4, 2012, in the Java Sea, during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) 2012 Indonesia. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Gregory A. Harden II, U.S. Navy A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles conducts flight training just off the coast of San Pedro, Calif., March 18, 2012. The Port of Los Angeles' World Cruise Center is one of the largest cruise ship terminals in the United States, with more than a dozen cruise lines stopping each year. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Nathanael Hawkins, U.S. Coast Guard The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, homeported at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, Calif., transits out of the San Francisco Bay and into the Pacific Ocean at the start of a deployment, March 9, 2012. The Bertholf is the first National Security Cutter. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read Petty Officer 2nd Class Miguel Arellano, an aviation maintenance technician at Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles, operates the hoist on an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter during training operations off the coast of Venice, Calif., Jan. 24, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall Coast Guard and Kodiak emergency medical personnel respond to the fishing vessel Kimberly that went aground in Portage Bay Jan. 25, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Charly Hengen U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Shane Ramos, an aviation maintenance technician loadmaster, communicates with pilots before launching an HC-130H Hercules aircraft in Barrow, Alaska, June 28, 2012. Coast Guardsmen from Air Station Kodiak flew daily missions to Barrow in preparation for a Coast Guard deployment to Arctic Shield, a temporary air station operating in the Arctic Ocean during the summer to increase search and rescue response times in the region. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth, U.S. Air Force The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, America's tall ship, passes the Domino Sugar plant as it departs the Baltimore Harbor, June 17, 2012, to continue its participation in OpSail 2012. Eagle is an 1800-ton steel hulled, three-masted sailing ship with more than 21,000 square feet of sail and more than five miles of rigging. The 295-foot Eagle is the only active commissioned sailing vessel in the U.S. military service, and is homeported at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Matthew S. Masaschi Crew members assigned to the medium endurance cutter USCGC Valiant (WMEC 621) stack bales of seized cocaine, totaling 3,800 pounds and with an estimated wholesale value of more than $48 million, at Coast Guard Base Miami Beach, Fla., June 29, 2012. The cocaine was seized during three interdictions throughout the Caribbean during Operation Martillo. Operation Martillo is a joint, interagency and multinational collaborative effort to deny transnational criminal organizations air and maritime access to the littoral regions of the Central American isthmus. DoD photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Elgammal, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Moore, a machinery technician with Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak, ensures a rescue basket is safely hoisted from a 38-foot Special Purpose Craft-Training Boat deck during a training exercise with an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew in Middle Bay near Kodiak May 9, 2012. Air Station Kodiak helicopter crews use the SPC-TB from ANT Kodiak as a platform to stay proficient at hovering over and hoisting rescue equipment to a vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche pulls into Honolulu Harbor at Coast Guard Base Sand Island, Hawaii to resupply before joining with the Pacific Command’s 7th Fleet for interoperability training with United States partner nations in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to training, the Waesche will be conducting fisheries and law enforcement patrols with shipriders from different island nations. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew assigned to Air Station Los Angeles conducts a flyover of the Point Vicente Lighthouse as part of the memorial service for Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Fernando Jorge March 18, 2012, in Los Angeles. Jorge, along with Lt. Cmdr. Dale Taylor, Lt. j.g. Thomas Cameron and Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Knight were killed when their helicopter crashed in Mobile Bay, Ala., during a training mission Feb. 28, 2012. DoD photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers, U.S. Coast Guard The view from the helicopter as an Air Station Elizabeth City aircrew medevacs a boater. U.S. Coast Guard photo The crew of a Coast Guard 25-foot Response Boat – Small from Station New Orleans practice high-speed maneuvers as part of a training evolution, Jan. 17, 2012. The crewmembers train to sharpen the skills and gain experience needed to provide a fast response and efficient resolution to maritime emergencies. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew ascends from a mountain with the city of Nome in the background, Jan. 16, 2012. The crew of the Dolphin provided ice reconnaissance for the Coast Guard Cutter Healy during the escort of the tanker vessel Renda. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Grant DeVuyst A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium based at Station Bellingham is taken for a test drive by Representative Rick Larsen, Tuesday, during a Coast Guard Station Bellingham open house. The event was set to showcase the station's newly acquired vessel, which was manufactured in Kent, Wash. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw