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Coast Guard Vice Admiral

O-9 Flag Officer, U.S. Coast Guard
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History of the Coast Guard Vice Admiral Rank

A Vice Admiral is a Flag Officer in the United States Coast Guard at DoD paygrade O-9.

The rank of Vice-Admiral was introduced as a deputy to the Admiral. This was necessary with the command of flotillas, particularly where the Admiral's vessel would e in the centre of the flotilla. A vice-admiral would then typically command a ship in the front of the flotilla. The first US Naval vice-admiral was Vice-Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, appointed to the position in 1864, later to become the US Navy's first full Admiral. The Coast Guard's first appointed Vice-Admiral was Russell R Waeshe, promoted from the rank of Commander in 1942. He also became the service's first full Admiral soon thereafter.

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History of the Coast Guard

The Coast Guard has changed names several times over its 200+ year history, but it is largely the same organization as it was in 1790 as the Revenue Marine. Uniforms, culture, and professions are very similar to the Navy, but the mission is different. While the Navy ensures freedom of navigation internationally, the Coast Guard does so for our nation's coasts through vessel inspections, law enforcement, drug and migrant interdiction, maintenance of navigation aids, environmental protection and research, ice operations, and search-and-rescue. Sailors of the Navy and Coast Guard have a high respect for each other, knowing that one can do what the other cannot.