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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — On this day, August 4 in 1790 the Revenue Cutter Service was authorized by the United States, under the guidance of Alexander Hamilton, the Secretary of the Treasury, this service was established as an armed customs enforcement agency, marking the birth of what we now proudly call the United States Coast Guard.

Since those early beginnings, the Coast Guard has emerged as our nation's oldest continuous seagoing service, celebrating 233 years of distinction.  

Governor Lemanu P. S.Mauga and Lt. Governor Talauega E.V. Ale, who is acting governor at this time “extend deep gratitude to the Coast Guardsmen, both  present, and past, for their selfless commitment to protecting our great nation. Their dedication remains an inspiration to us all, and we take this opportunity to honor their sacrifices and bravery.”

Congresswoman Uifa’atali Amata joins with the Governor and Lt. Governor saying, “Coast Guard cutters are always welcome in American Samoa, and they fulfill an important role protecting these shores and waters. They are needed here and in the Pacific region more than ever. Their motto is ‘Semper Paratus’ — ‘Always Ready.’ It is a good description of their heroic readiness to bravely serve in storms and rescues. As with each branch of the services, we have some of our own from American Samoa serving nobly in the Coast Guard, and the USCG recruits among our youth.”