Today, August 4, 2018 marks the 228th birthday of the United States Coast Guard. The Service Branch that describes itself as “small, but mighty” was born on August 4, 1790 with the purchase of 10 cutters under the name “Revenue Marine.” Until the re-establishment of the US Navy in 1798, the Coast Guard cutters were the only naval force of the nation.
Alexander Hamilton was the original head of the Revenue Marine, whose first purpose was to collect customs duties at the seaports. Then they merged in 1915 with the US Life-saving force to become the United States Coast Guard. They have been a part of every war since 1790.
The Coast Guard has been instrumental in saving lives after hurricanes, patrolling US Seaports, stopping drug shipments, etc. They are experts in shallow water operations.
In #OperationIraqiFreedom, the #USCG demonstrated the importance of a naval force experienced in shallow-water operations, maritime interdiction operations, port security and aids to navigation work. Read more: https://t.co/55w8d9pnqe #SundayReading pic.twitter.com/DL0HJOhcSh
— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) July 29, 2018
Controversy erupted when they learned that the funds for their new Polar Icebreaker were reallocated (a mere $750 Million) in favor of more border wall with Mexico. The competition at the arctic between the Chinese and Russians is of concern to many lawmakers, who complained about the diverting of the money, according to Stripes.
— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) August 4, 2018
Happy Birthday to the @USCG! THANK YOU for your tireless work and service to defend our shores since 1790. Honored to spend time with the great men & women of the US Coast Guard stationed in Hawaii before heading home. pic.twitter.com/1TYRX35not
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) August 4, 2018
We are small but mighty, and everyone is excited for our 228th birthday tomorrow! We decorated cakes with each component (an enlisted member, officer, reservist, auxiliarist and Coast Guard civilian) to get ready to celebrate. #cg228 pic.twitter.com/pFEe3Gi8Gx
— U.S. Coast Guard (@USCG) August 3, 2018
— U.S. Navy (@USNavy) August 4, 2018