Two hundred years ago, the United States, independent for less than 30 years, went to war with Great Britain to preserve its economy, its way of life, and its independence. This year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812—a defining event for our nation and for the U.S. Coast Guard. Today the Coast Guard supports myriad humanitarian, defense, security, and law enforcement missions. Many of those missions have been adopted over the course of the service’s long and rich history, but several key roles were firmly established 200 years ago. During the War of 1812, the revenue cutters protected American commerce and enforced U.S. laws, but also established defense and combat roles that proved essential to the war effort and became a permanent part of the service’s operational portfolio.
A Sound Investment
For two centuries the Coast Guard has given America a lot of bang for its buck. A new and more capable cutter fleet is vital to its ability to continue that tradition.
By Vice Admiral Robert C. Parker and Lieutenant Commander Jamie Frederick, U.S. Coast Guard, and Dr. Joseph DiRenzo III