The United States Coast Guard carries out three basic roles, which are further subdivided into eleven statutory missions.

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  • The United States Coast Guard carries out three basic roles, which are further subdivided into eleven statutory missions. The three roles are:Maritime safetyMaritime securityMaritime stewardshipThe eleven statutory missions as defined by law are divided into homeland security missions and non-homeland security missions.Non-homeland security missions include: Marine safety, search and rescue, aids to navigation, living marine resources (fisheries law enforcement), marine environmental protection, and ice operationsHomeland security missions include: Ports, waterways, and coastal security (PWCS); drug interdiction; migrant interdiction; defense readiness; and other law enforcement.A given unit within the Coast Guard may be carrying out several missions at once. For example, a 25-foot (7.6 m) RHIB assigned to maritime security may also watch for out-of-place or missing aids to navigation, pollution, and unsafe boating practices. (en)
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  • The United States Coast Guard carries out three basic roles, which are further subdivided into eleven statutory missions. (en)
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  • Missions of the United States Coast Guard (en)
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