U.S. Coast Guard
The Coast Guard was founded in 1790, although it did not take its present name until 1915 when the Revenue Cutter Service and the Life-saving Service merged. Responsibilities of the Light House Service were transferred to the Coast Guard in 1939, and those of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation in 1946. The largest peacetime operation of the guard was during the Mariel Boatlift of 1980–81, when more than 125,000 Cuban refugees sailed from their homeland to Florida, most in crowded small craft not suited to sea voyages. Coast Guard resources were called in from bases along the East Coast, and 900 reservists were called to active duty. In the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks, supervision of the Coast Guard was transferred in 2003 from the Department of Transportation to the newly created Department of Homeland Security.