Thursday, 4 August 2016


National Coast Guard Day observed annually on August 4. This is a day set aside to celebrate and honor the courageous work of the Coast Guard. 

The United States Coast Guard is one of the five US Armed Forces. It is a maritime, military and multi-missioned service. It operates under the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, but can be transferred to the US Navy by the President of the United States any time deemed necessary, or by Congress during war times.

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Atlantic coast of America, the US Coast Guard saved over 33,500 lives. An estimated 24,000 of these lives were rescued from peril in severely dangerous conditions.

The founding of the United States Coast Guard can be traced to an act of Congress on August 4, 1790.  The Coast Guard consisted of 10 vessels which carried out the enforcement of various trade and humanitarian duties.