Happy 228th Birthday, US Coast Guard!

By Faye Higbee

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.

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.