War of 1812: Revenue Cutter Operations and the Core Coast Guard Missions
U.S. Coast Guard Historians Office Washington United States
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Today, the United States Coast Guard supports nearly a dozen humanitarian, defense security and law enforcement missions. While the Coast Guard has adoptedmany of these missions over the course of its long history, several existed in the first twenty years of the revenue cutters service, when the fleet numbered less than twenty vessels. During the War of 1812, the revenue cutters protected American commerce and enforced trade legislation, but they also performed defense and combat missions that were essential to the war effort and adopted permanently after the conflict.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Humanities and History