The Offshore Patrol Cutter – the Coast Guard’s highest investment priority – will provide the Coast Guard with a renewed level of presence and effectiveness in the offshore environment.
Tag: Alexander Hamilton
This blog continues our Coast Guard History Month theme “A unique instrument of National Security” by discussing the Coast Guard’s law enforcement responsibilities of alien migrant interdiction operations, counter-drug operations, and counter-terrorism operations. The United States Coast Guard is the nation’s leading maritime law enforcement agency and has broad, multi-faceted jurisdictional authority. Read the full post to learn more about the long history of the Coast Guard’s law enforcement role to include enforcing tariffs, suppressing piracy, freeing slaves, intercepting contraband and enforcing immigration laws.
When he founded the Coast Guard 226 years ago, even a visionary like Alexander Hamilton could have hardly imagined the service we are today. Consistent with our maritime roots, yet evolved to address increasingly complex threats, today’s Coast Guard is a strategically focused force that provides a unique and powerful value to our Nation. I’m proud to see you answer the call on a daily basis.
As the Coast Guard celebrates 226 years of proudly serving America on Aug. 4, we will highlight our long history of ensuring national security throughout the entire month of August. This blog is part one of our history series which will be featured every Monday in August. Join the celebration on social media by using hashtags: #HappyBdayUSCG, #CheersUSCG and #CGhistory.
Considered the father of the United States Coast Guard, Hamilton played an integral role in the formation and development of the government of the United States. When the new government got under way in 1789, Hamilton was appointed the first Secretary of the Treasury. He began at once to place the nation’s disorganized finances on a sound footing. In addition, he was the driving force behind Congress’ creation of a revenue marine service, the precursor to the modern-day Coast Guard.
Hamilton is a name internalized by each and every Coast Guard member. It’s the name held by the “father” of the Coast Guard, Alexander Hamilton and a name that has continued to serve our country in the form of Coast Guard cutters since 1830. The crew of Hamilton, the newest cutter to bear the name, carries forward a more than 180-year tradition of serving aboard a vessel that bears the name of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, who created the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790.
But today – while seemingly familiar in sight and sound – was far from typical. Today marks 224 years of exceptional service by the men and women of America’s Coast Guard. It was Aug. 4, 1790, when President George Washington signed an act bringing to life ten cutters “to be employed for the protection of the revenue.” Alexander Hamilton first conceptualized these cutters as a viable asset for the country; at the time, he wrote, “a few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.”
You would be hard pressed to find a better snapshot of the service’s myriad missions than the one provided by the 2013 Coast Guard Art Program collection now on display at Federal Hall National Memorial in New York City. This year’s collection, comprised of 29 works by 23 artists, includes works showing the service’s response to news-making events such as the Healy’s escort of the Russian oil tanker Renda in the Arctic and Super Storm Sandy. Others depict boardings and inspections of recreational and commercial vessels, search and rescue cases, training exercises, patrols and aids to navigation. Some works even capture subjects never before recorded such a helicopter hot refuel evolution and a helicopter ice landing.
Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Bob Papp continued his outreach trip last week with an official visit to Singapore to meet with international partner agencies and Coast Guardsmen stationed there. This visit provided insights into the challenges faced by the Port of Singapore, the busiest port in the world as measured by vessel arrival tonnage, and further strengthened ties between the Coast Guard and Singapore.
A keel is the very foundation of a ship. Running from bow to stern, a ship’s keel historically served as the core for the rest of the ship’s structure, providing a source of strength for the superstructure above. Today, the U.S. Coast Guard’s fourth national security cutter, named for Alexander Hamilton, symbolically received that source of strength.