US Post issued a stamp to honors the United States Coast Guard for its role in protecting the security of the nation and advancing its vital maritime interests.
The stamps depicts two icons of the Coast Guard: the cutter Eagle, a three-masted sailing ship known as “America’s Tall Ship,” and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter, the standard rescue aircraft of the Coast Guard.
United States Coast Guard
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is a branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the country’s seven uniformed services.
One hundred years ago the agency received its current name, when President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the 1915 “Act to Create the Coast Guard.”
The origins of the Coast Guard, however, go back to 1790, when President George Washington signed into law an act that provided for a fleet of ten boats, or “revenue cutters,” to aid in “the collection of duties … imported into the United States.”
It operates under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security during peacetime, and can be transferred to the U.S. Department of the Navy by the U.S. President at any time, or by the U.S. Congress during times of war.
This has happened twice, in 1917, during World War I, and in 1941, during World War II.
Today’s Coast Guard has 38,000 active-duty men and women; 8,000 Reservists; and many volunteer auxiliary personnel.
In addition to saving lives at sea, their responsibilities include enforcing maritime law, overseeing aids to navigation, carrying out icebreaking operations, protecting the marine environment, responding to oil spills and water pollution, ensuring port security, supporting scientific research at sea, combating terrorism, and aiding in the nation’s defense.
The Coast Guard’s motto is Semper Paratus (Always ready).
The United States Coast Guard stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp.
Title: United States Coast Guard
Date of Issue: 4 August 2015
Source: US Postal service