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About the U.S. Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard began as the U.S. Cutter Revenue Service in 1790 and was under the Treasury Dept. until 1966 when it was transferred to the Dept. of Transportation. When the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002 it was one of 22 agencies to be incorporated. In times of war it can operate as part of the U.S. Navy.