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Armed Forces Day Parade honors the Coast Guard

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- A long-standing tradition in Chattanooga, the 64th Annual Armed Forces Day Parade gave spectators a Friday morning treat along Market Street.

The United States Coast Guard served as the featured branch of the military; known locally for their work in the navigation of the Tennessee River.

The Coast Guard was founded in 1790 as the Revenue Marine, to patrol our county's coastline and seaports.

Today, the USCG continues to patrol the U.S. coasts and inland waterways, with the motto of Semper Paratus, meaning "Always Ready."

Thousands of tons of drugs, and hundreds of thousands of migrants from other nearby counties have been intercepted by the USCG since the branch undertook such duties in the early 1980's.

42,000 strong, the USCG protects our maritime borders and works closely with other agencies. Drug enforcement, immigration and border protection are some of the areas the Coast Guard must stand as the first line of law enforcement on the water.

The Coast Guard has 11 core missions:

  •     Ports, waterways, and coastal security
  •     Drug interdiction
  •     Aids to navigation
  •     Search and rescue
  •     Living marine resources
  •     Marine safety
  •     Defense readiness
  •     Migrant interdiction
  •     Marine environmental protection
  •     Ice operations
  •     Other law enforcement

The Coast Guard or individual components of it can operate as a service of the Navy in times of war. The last time this happened was WWII.

READ MORE | United States Coast Guard

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