Thursday, September 08, 2005

Patently Patriotic Post of the Day (9/08/05)

The United States Coast Guard is a military, multimission, maritime service and one of the nation’s five Armed Services. Its mission is to protect the public, the environment, and U.S. economic interests – in the nation’s ports and waterways, along the coast, on international waters, or in any maritime region as required to support national security.

Today, the Coast Guard will:

  • Save 15 lives

  • Assist 117 people in distress

  • Conduct 90 search and rescue cases

  • Protect $2.8 million in prop

  • Interdict and rescue 15 illegal migrants at sea

  • Board 4 high interest vessels

  • Board 192 vessels of law enforcement interest

  • Board 122 large vessels for port safety checks

  • Seize 71 pounds of marijuana and 662 pounds of cocaine with a street value of 21.1 million

  • Conduct 317 vessel safety checks and teach 63 boating safety courses

  • Conduct 19 commercial fishing vessel safety exams

  • Respond to 11 oil and hazardous chemical spills

  • Process 280 mariner licenses and documents

  • Service 140 aids to navigation

  • Monitor the transit of 2,557 commercial ships through U.S. ports

  • Investigate 20 vessel casualties involving collisions, allisions and groundings

From United States Coast Guard (USCG)