This Day in Coast Guard History – August 9

Sunday, August 08, 2010

1942- The Coast Guard-manned transport USS Hunter Liggett rescued the survivors of the heavy cruisers USS Vincennes, Astoria, and Quincy and the Australian cruiser HMAS Canberra that had been sunk the preceding night by Imperial Japanese Navy warships during the Battle of Savo Island.  The night battle, also known as the First Naval Battle of Guadalcanal, was one of the worst defeats ever suffered by the U.S. Navy. 

1950- Congress enacted Public Law 679, which charged the Coast Guard with the function of port security.

1982- Secretary of Defense Caspar W. Weinberger approved the use of Coast Guard law enforcement detachments on board Navy vessels during peace-time.  The teams conducted law enforcement boardings from Navy vessels for the first time in history.  The first CG TACLET was assigned to the USS Sampson on 11 August 1982.

(Source: USCG Historian’s Office)

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