United States Coast Guard Celebrates 224th Birthday
August 4th, 2014, will mark the 224th birthday of the United States Coast Guard. Formed in 1790 as the Revenue Cutter Service, the current day Coast Guard has served the United States for over 2 centuries.
Typically assumed to operate in only the coastal United States, the Coast Guard's motto, "Semper Paratus" (always ready) reminds us that the needs of the country often take our Coast Guardsmen "From Aztec shore to Arctic Zone, To Europe and Far East".
Today, Coast Guard Activities Far East (FEACT), located at Yokota Air Force base, Japan, is committed to its multi-mission roles. Due to the vast area covered, FEACT also operates a detachment in Singapore. Besides its classic search and rescue operations, the United States Coast Guard protects those on the sea, secures living marine, natural and oceanic resources, assists in maritime disasters, and ensures the integrity of our maritime domain.
Specific to the 24 member FEACT unit, missions include: safety inspections of U.S. flagged vessels, maritime accident investigations, examinations of foreign tank-ships, and liaison activities with U.S. Forces Japan. At the same time, members ensure a safe and secure global maritime transportation system by monitoring the implementation of international codes and standards through multi-lateral information exchanges with 41 U.S. trading partner nations and territories.
Although the vast majority of Coast Guard units operate around the home waters of the United States, there are vital components that protect our nation's interests overseas. These FEACT guardians continue to protect those on the sea, protect America from threats delivered by the sea, and protect the sea itself. They will carry on the valiant tradition of service far from home and continue to stand a taught watch.
Happy 224th birthday to the United States Coast Guard.