19 gorgeous photos of the U.S. Coast Guard in action

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Warner, a rescue swimmer at Air Station Kodiak, performs an ice rescue during training at Upper 6 Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 17, 2016. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning/U.S. Coast Guard)

WASHINGTON — As one of the oldest organizations of the federal government, the U.S. Coast Guard has a rich history of protecting the nation.

Since its founding on August 4, 1790, the Coast Guard has thrived and actively served in nearly every major conflict. The Coast Guard’s motto, “Semper Paratus,” meaning “always ready,” couldn’t be more fitting for today’s Coast Guardsman.

Tasked with protecting the nation’s coasts, inland waterways, and some international waters, the Coast Guard is devoted to promoting maritime security and safety.

In honor of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 227th birthday, we’ve selected 19 pictures showcasing their range of missions.

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A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew forward deployed in Cold Bay, Alaska, surveys the area around the fishing vessel Predator prior to hoisting three people off near Akutan Harbor, Alaska, Feb. 13, 2017 (U.S. Coast Guard photo).

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Petty Officer 1st Class Bret Fogle, a rescue swimmer, gets hoisted into an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from the air station on Aug. 3, 2012. (Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill/U.S. Coast Guard)

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A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Seattle and an MH-65 dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles conduct night time hoisting training on April 4, 2016. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Logan Kellogg/U.S. Coast Guard)

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A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles participated in cliff operations off the coast of Point Vicente Lighthouse April 6, 2016. (Petty Officer 1st Class Sondra-Kay Kneen/U.S. Coast Gaurd)

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A U.S. Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry pilot from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama, surveys the Apalachicola, Florida, area with night vision goggles for damage caused by Hurricane Hermine, Sept. 2, 2016. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Lexie Preston/U.S. Coast Guard)

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Members from Coast Guard Cutter SPAR viewing a glacier while transiting Glacier Bay National Park on July 22, 2012, in Southeast Alaska (Seaman Justin Hergert/U.S. Coast Guard)

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U.S. Coast Guard members practice shooting the M240 machine gun during a deployment aboard Coast Guard Cutter Stratton. (Petty Officer 1st Class Bryan Goff/U.S. Coast Guard)

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Clouds swirl after a C-130J from Air Station Elizabeth CIty, NC. passes through. The C-130J is the latest incarnation of this enduring, multi-mission platform. The Coast Guard has been using a version of the C-130 since the first one was delivered to Air Station Elizabeth City in December 1959. (Dave Silva/U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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Crewmembers from Coast Guard Air Station Detroit perform helicopter-rescue training, Mar. 10, 2010. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Blackwell/U.S. Coast Guard)

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The Coast Guard Cutter Forward conducts a 76mm gun shoot, held to train crew members how to combat specific targets, while underway during an Africa Partnership Station mission May 31, 2011. (Fireman Mark Krebs/U.S. Coast Guard photo)

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Richard Moore, a machinery technician with Aids to Navigation Team Kodiak, maintains control of a trail line to a rescue basket as an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew conducts hoist training in Middle Bay near Kodiak on May 9, 2012. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally/U.S. Coast Guard)

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Coast Guard Cutter Healy remains offshore as tanker vessel Renda’s transfer of 1.3 million gallons of fuel nears completion on Jan. 18, 2011. ( Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Chandler/U.S. Coast Guard)

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Avery, a flight mechanic, lowers Petty Officer 1st Class Bret Fogle, a rescue swimmer, into the Pasquotank River near the air station on Aug. 3, 2012. (Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill/U.S. Coast Guard)

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The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star, with 75,000 horsepower and its 13,500-ton weight, is guided by its crew to break through Antarctic ice en route to the National Science Foundation’s McMurdo Station. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard)

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Coast Guard Cutter Stratton’s crew aboard Coast Guard small boat return to Stratton after a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief event for Rim of Pacific Exercise 2016, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart/U.S. Coast Guard)

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An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter a from Coast Guard Air Station Miami conduct rescue basket hoist training with crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach, Fla., on a 41-foot utility boat near Miami Beach, Feb. 11, 2011. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Sabrina Elgammal/U.S. Coast Guard)

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U.S. Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters fly together during a flyover of the nation’s capital, June 17, 2016. (Petty Officer 2nd Class Connie Terrell/U.S. Coast Guard)

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The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star cuts through Antarctic ice in the Ross Sea near a large group of seals as the ship’s crew creates a navigation channel for supply ships, Jan. 16, 2017. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard)

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Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Warner, a rescue swimmer at Air Station Kodiak, performs an ice rescue during training at Upper 6 Mile Lake on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, March 17, 2016. (Petty Officer 3rd Class Meredith Manning/U.S. Coast Guard)

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