United States Coast Guard
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|United States Coast Guard|
United States Coast Guard portal
|Active||4 August 1790 - Present|
|Country||United States of America|
|Size||42,000 active duty personnel|
~252 cutters, ~1600 boats ~194 aircraft 
|Part of||Department of Homeland Security|
|Colors||White, Orange, & Blue|
|Engagements||American Civil War|
World War II
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Sea Dragon III
War on Terror
|Decorations||Presidential Unit Citation|
|Secretary of Homeland Security||Janet Napolitano|
|Commandant||Admiral Thad Allen|
|Master Chief Petty Officer||MCPOCG Charles W. Bowen|
|Helicopter||HH-60 Jayhawk, HH-65 Dolphin,|
|Patrol||HC-130, HU-25A Guardian, HC-144A Ocean Sentry|
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of seven uniformed services. It is unique among the military branches in that it has a maritime law enforcement mission (with jurisdiction both domestically and in international waters) and a federalregulatory agency mission as part of its mission set. It operates under theDepartment of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the Department of the Navy by the President or Congress during a time of war.
The overall mission of the Coast Guard is to protect the public, the environment, and the United States economic and security interests in anymaritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and United States coasts, ports, and inland waterways.
The Coast Guard motto is "Semper Paratus", Latin for "Always Ready" or "Always Prepared".