Happy Birthday U.S. Coast Guard!
On August 4, 1790, Congress authorized the building of a fleet of ten
cutters, whose responsibility would be enforcement of the first tariff
laws enacted by Congress under the Constitution. The date is celebrated
as Coast Guard Day to honor the establishment of the Revenue Cutter
Service, forbearer of today’s Coast Guard.
The name Coast Guard didn't come about until 1915 when the Revenue
Cutter Service was merged with the Lifesaving Service. The Lighthouse
Service also joined the Coast Guard in 1939, and the Bureau of
Navigation and Steamboat Inspection in 1946. In 1967, after 177 years in
the Treasury Department, the Coast Guard was transferred to the
newly-formed Department of Transportation. The Coast Guard was
transferred to the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, a change
that reflects its growing and significant role in protecting our
nation’s borders and its involvement in our country's fight