National Coast Guard Day 2018

 Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho via  Flickr

Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Billy Ho via Flickr

Each August 4 the U.S. Coast Guard celebrates its birthday.

The Coast Guard is one of America's five armed forces and traces its founding to Aug. 4, 1790, when the first Congress authorized the construction of 10 vessels to enforce tariff and trade laws, prevent smuggling, and protect the collection of federal revenue. Responsibilities added over the years included humanitarian duties such as aiding mariners in distress.

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