City of Mobile, Ala. formally recognizes Coast Guard’s 220th year of service

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mayor of Mobile, Samuel L. Jones, formerly recognized the U.S. Coast Guard, Tuesday, as it celebrates 220 years of service to America.

Issuing an official proclamation, Mayor Jones noted the Coast Guard’s roles in Mobile’s maritime commerce, aids to navigation, recreational boating safety, maritime environmental response, port safety and security as well as its role in national defense.

“Coast Guardsmen are agile, adaptable and multi-missioned,” said Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp, Jr. “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 to America 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 U.S. 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.

“We are still keepers of the lights, but we also now patrol far more distant waters,” said Papp. “We readily go wherever there are important, difficult and dangerous maritime duties to be performed.”

The Coast Guard will mark its 220th year of service Wednesday.

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