Coast Guard celebrates its birthday

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The Coast Guard today marks 220 years of service to America.

"Coast Guardsmen are agile, adaptable and multi-missioned," Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp Jr. said in a statement. "Born as revenue cuttermen, lighthouse keepers, steamboat inspectors and surfmen, we have expanded to meet the maritime needs of our nation. As Coast Guard men and women, we share a bond of pride in our rich heritage and a common purpose to uphold our honorable traditions."

The Coast Guard began its service in 1790 within the Treasury Department as the Revenue Marine, later renamed the Revenue Cutter Service.

The Revenue Cutter Service joined with the U.S. Lifesaving Service in 1915 to create the Coast Guard. The U.S. Lighthouse Service was added to the Coast Guard in 1939, followed by the Steamboat Inspection Service in 1946.

The Coast Guard transferred from the Treasury Department to the Department of Transportation in 1967 and to the Department of Homeland Security in 2003.

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