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result of this preparedness is a series of plans, exercises, and
incident response that ensures the U.S. Coast Guard is and
always will be ready to ensure maritime commerce safety
About the author:
Mr. Korson served in the U.S. Coast Guard and reserves for more than
22 years. Now a federal employee, he works on policy and doctrine in the
Offce of Contingency Preparedness and Exercises at Coast Guard headquar-
ters. He is a graduate of Mary Washington College, the U.S. Naval War
College, and Pennsylvania State University.
CG Publication 1, Doctrine for the U.S. Coast Guard, p. 5, February 2014. Available
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Section 101 of Title 10, U.S. Code states that the U.S. Coast Guard is a member of
the United States Armed Forces. Section 379 of the same section of code states that
U.S. Coast Guard personnel may be assigned to naval vessels, to carry out law
enforcement operations, allowing the U.S. Navy to assist the U.S. Coast Guard
in law enforcement operations. Title 14 of the U.S. Code provides the U.S. Coast
Guard with the authority to control anchorages and movement of vessels in navi-
gable waters of the United States, to ensure safety and security of both vessels
and anchorage/port facilities. Finally, Title 46 provides authority to regulate and
prevent safety and security incidents occurring on United States or foreign fagged
vessels, and additional authority for maritime drug interdiction.
Response partners test an exercise plan. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Offcer Brandyn Hill.