Happy 225th Birthday to the United States Coast Guard!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

San Juan, PR (Feb. 21)--Coast Guard Cutter Eagle under full sail off the coast of Puerto Rico. BROWN, TELFAIR H. PA1

Created by Congress on 4 August 1790 at the request of Alexander Hamilton as the “Revenue Marine,” it is the oldest continuous seagoing service of the United States. As Secretary of the Treasury, Hamilton headed the Revenue Marine, whose original purpose was as the collector of customs duties in the nation’s seaports. By the 1860s, the service was known as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and the term Revenue Marine gradually fell into disuse.

As one of the country’s five armed services, the Coast Guard has been involved in every U.S. war from 1790 to the Iraq Wars and the War in Afghanistan. The Coast Guard has approximately 42,000 men and women on active duty, 7,900 reservists, 32,000 auxiliarists, and 8,700 full-time civilian employees.

In terms of size, the U.S. Coast Guard by itself is the world’s 12th largest naval force!

Happy Birthday to the United States Coast Guard!

 


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