04 Aug '17, 6pm

@USCIS would like to wish @USCG a happy birthday! Read more about the Coast Guard’s history. https://t.co/vaVOWBsL69

The service received its present name in 1915 under an act of Congress when the Revenue Cutter Service merged with the Life-Saving Service. The nation then had a single maritime service dedicated to saving life at sea and enforcing the nation's maritime laws. The Coast Guard began to maintain the country's aids to maritime navigation, including operating the nation's lighthouses, when President Franklin Roosevelt ordered the transfer of the Lighthouse Service to the Coast Guard in 1939. In 1946 Congress permanently transferred the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation to the Coast Guard, thereby placing merchant marine licensing and merchant vessel safety under our purview. The Coast Guard took over the adminstration of bridges over navigable waterways in 1967.

Full article: https://www.uscg.mil/history/

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