Historic Missions

   Coast Guard migrant interdiction at sea

The history of the many missions of the U.S. Coast Guard
 and its predecessor services.




Historical Timeline for each mission

Search & RescueLaw Enforcement: seizing a semi-submersible

Law Enforcement: including drug & migrant interdiction, fisheries enforcement

Marine Safety, Coastal, Port & Waterways Security

Marine Environmental Protection, including Living Marine Resources

Aids to Navigation (including lighthouses, lightships, VTS & LORAN)

Polar, Ice & Alaska Operations (including the International Ice Patrol)

Defense Readiness, National Security & Military Preparedness


Marine Inspection: checking a foreign merchant vessel


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Last Modified 8/4/2014