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CDR Scott Rogers, USCG. 09 March 2010. Coast Guard Roles and Missions. Maritime Safety. . Maritime Security. Maritime Stewardship. Coast Guard Mission Areas. Search and Rescue. Marine Safety. Marine Environmental Protection. ID: 167426 Download Presentation

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Coast Guard Authorities Briefing

CDR Scott Rogers, USCG09 March 2010


Coast Guard Roles and Missions

Maritime Safety Maritime SecurityMaritime Stewardship


Coast Guard Mission Areas

Search and Rescue

Marine Safety

Marine Environmental Protection

Other Law Enforcement

Defense Readiness

Living Marine Resources Enforcement

Ice Operations

Aids to Navigation

Migrant Interdiction

Ports, Waterways & Coastal Security

U.S. Coast Guard capabilities can be applied to promote the full range of maritime priorities within the National Military Strategy

Drug Interdiction

Maritime Safety

Protection of Natural Resources

Maritime Mobility

Maritime Security

National Defense



Coast Guard Snapshot

54 Airplanes

1,660 Small Boats



40,903 Active Duty

7,709 Reservists

7,695 Civilians



251 Cutters

Responsible for:

Coastline: 12,000+ MiInland waters: 25,000 MiEEZ: 7,053,000+ Mi2



Coast Guard Organization


“The Coast Guard may make inquiries, examinations, inspections, searches, seizures, and arrests upon the high seas and waters over which the U.S. has jurisdiction.” 14 U.S.C. 89

An armed service: Title 10 (Armed Services)Title 50 (War & National Def)A unique agency: Title 6 (Homeland Security)Title 14 (Coast Guard) Bureaucratically agile: Title 19 (Customs)Title 33 (Navigable Waters, Environment)Title 46 (Shipping) Title 49 (Transportation)

Coast Guard Authorities


Missions Law Analytical Framework

“Salt away the facts, the law will keep!” Desired Endgame/Outcomes ACCPAuthorities Capabilities, Competencies, PartnershipCommand & Control (App. D, MLEM)

Int’l Law



Domestic Law





StatutesRegulationsExecutive InstrumentsJudge-made law


For Official Use Only (FOUO)

Key Organic Authorities They Put The “A” in ACCP

14 U.S.C 1 – Congress Says Who We Are (see also 10 U.S.C. 101) 14 U.S.C. 2 – Congress Defines The Missions14 U.S.C. 89 – Congress Grants Us Authority To Accomplish The LE Mission14 U.S.C. 88 – SAR Authority14 U.S.C. 141 – Congress Says Who We Can Play With (and vice versa)14 U.S.C. 143 (and 19 U.S.C. 1401) – USCG Has Customs Authority Too33 C.F.R. Part 6 (COTP Authority – Security Boardings)Title 46 – LE Ashore Authority (Facilities)


The Ebb & Flow of CG Authority


Maximum Authority

On navigable waterways & territorial sea of the U.S., and aboard U.S. and stateless vessels on the high seas

Facilities adjacent to U.S. Waters

Maritime access & movement control in U.S. waters

Least Authority

Law enforcement ashore beyond facilitiesForeign Flag Vessel W/O Flag State Consent

Intermediate AuthorityForeign flag vessels on the high seas with Flag State ConsentForeign territorial sea with Coastal State Consent


Location, Location, Location!

Maritime Zones & Authorities: Where You Stand Depends On Where You Sit


All Threats. All Hazards. Always Ready.


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