The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of seven uniformed services. In addition to being a military branch at all times, it is unique among the armed forces in that it is also a maritime law enforcement agency (with jurisdiction both domestically and in international waters) and a federal regulatory agency. It is an agency of the United States Department of Transportation during peacetime, and can be transferred to the Department of the Navy by the President during a time of war. The Coast Guard motto is "Semper Paratus", Latin for "Always Ready" or "Always Prepared".

As one of the five armed forces and the smallest armed service of the United States, its stated mission is to protect the public, the environment, and the United States economic and security interests in any maritime region in which those interests may be at risk, including international waters and America's coasts, ports, and inland waterways.

Seal of the United States Coast Guard


The United States Coast Guard has a broad and important role in maritime homeland security, maritime law enforcement (MLE), search and rescue (SAR), marine environmental protection (MEP), and the maintenance of river, intracoastal and offshore aids to navigation (ATON).

To carry out this mission, the USCG has response and command centres, Cutters (Cutter is the US Coast Guard name for its ships), fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters.


The Coast Guard is organised into a Headquarters, a Pacific Area, and an Atlantic Area. Each Area is subdivided into districts. Each area also has a Maintenance and Support Command. There are also two major activities, one in Japan (USCG Activities Far East (FEACT) which inspects vessels bound for the United States, and USCG Activities Europe (ACTEUR) which is based in Holland and monitors vessels bound for the US.



  • 4 Legend class National Security Cutters (WMSL)
  • 12 Hamilton class cutters (WHEC)
  • 13 Famous class cutters (WMEC)
  • 13 Reliance class cutters (WMEC)
  • 41 Island class cutters (WPB)
  • 3 Polar class icebreakers (WAGB)
  • USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB-30) heavy icebreaker
  • 16 Juniper-class buoy tenders (WLB)
  • USCGC Eagle (WIX-327) sail training ship
USCG National Security Cutter BERTHOLF (WMSL-750)

USCGC Bertolf, a National Security Cutter, one of the latest additions to the US Coast Guard

800px-USCGC Mellon WHEC-717 2001

USCG Cutter Mellon, a Hamilton class High Endurance Cutter

800px-USCGC Harriet Lane (WMEC-903)

USCGC Harriet Lane, a Famous class Cutter

800px-USCGC Vigilant WMEC-617

USCGC Vigilant, a Reliance class Cutter

750px-U.S Coast Guard Cutter Monomoy (WPB 1326)

USCGC Monomoy, a Island class Cutter. The Island class Cutters are coastal patrol boats

450px-Coast Guard cutter Healy (WAGB-20)

USCGC Healy, an ice breaker

800px-Frozen Lake Huron- icebreakers and commercial vessels

USCGC Mackinaw and an ice breaking tug helping a Canadian merchant ship

USCGC Hickory

USCGC Hickory, a Juniper-class buoy tender

800px-USCG Eagle

US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, a training ship and the most beautiful Cutter in the US Coast Guard
US Coast Guard 'racing stripe'


The US Coast Guard has 1400 boats of the following types:

  • Arctic Survey Boat (ASB)
  • Motor Life Boat (MLB)
  • Utility Boat (UTB)
  • Deployable Pursuit Boat (DPB)
  • Aids to Navigation Boats (TANB/BUSL/ANB/ANB)
  • Transportable Port Security Boat (TPSB)
  • Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHI)
  • USCG Long Range Interceptor (LRI)
  • USCG Short Range Prosecutor (SRP)
  • USCG Defender class boat (RB-S)
  • Response boat-medium (RB-M)
  • USCG Coastal Patrol Boat (WPB)

Fixed-wing AircraftEdit

  • Lockheed HC-130 Hercules
  • Lockheed Martin HC-130J Hercules
  • CASA HC-144A Ocean Sentry
  • Bombardier HU-25A Guardian
  • Gulfstream C-37A

HC-130H departing Mojave, in spite of the HC-130J, the HC-130H will be in service for a long time

800px-HC-130J USCG Grand Forks AFB 2007

The new HC-130J Hercules rescue aircraft

749px-HC-144A Ocean Sentry (2)

The Spanish HC-144 Ocean Sentry. The USCG has usually been more open to foreign aircraft than the other services.


The Bombardier HU-25 Guardian is yet another foreign aircraft, this time from Canada

USCG AC C37A Flight

The USCG has a single C-37 Gulfstream V for VIP transport


  • Sikorsky HH-60 Jayhawk
  • Sikorsky HH-65 Dolphin
    • Sikorsky HH-65C Dolphin (Multi-Mission Cutter Helicopter (MCH))
  • McDonnell Douglas MH-90 Enforcer
800px-HH-60 Jayhawk by US Coast Guard

Sikorsky HH-60 Jayhawk. The H-60 series is the standard medium helicopter of the US Armed Forces.

Sikorsky HH-65 Dolphin

Artist's impression of the HH-65 Dolphin, based on the hugely successful S-76 civil helicopter

584px-US Coast Guard MH90 Enforcer

The MH-90 Enforcer, unique for two reasons, firstly its NOTAR technology, and secondly, it is the first armed USCG aircraft


  • M9 9mm pistol
  • M11 9mm pistol
  • M16A2/A3/A4 5.56mm rifle
  • M4/M4A1 Carbine 5.56mm carbine
  • HK MP5/MP5N 9mm submachine gun
  • Remington 870 12 gauge shotgun
  • M240 7.62mm general purpose machine gun
  • M60 7.62mm general purpose machine gun
  • M2 Browning .50 BMG heavy machine gun


Full Dress and Mess DressEdit

Service DressEdit

Working DressEdit

Rank InsigniaEdit

Commissioned OfficersEdit

Warrant OfficersEdit

Petty Officers and Enlisted MenEdit

United States Coast Guard EnsignEdit


United States Coast Guard StandardEdit


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