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The U.S. Coast Guard is a multimission maritime service that now falls under the auspices of the Dept. of Homeland Security. It was transferred from the Treasury Dept. to the then newly formed Dept. of Transportation in 1967, and to the Dept. of Homeland Security in 2003. The service is responsible for the enforcement of U.S. laws in those coastal waters and high seas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States.

The principal peacetime missions of the Coast Guard are:

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