The US Coast Guard turns 227 years old today — here are 34 jaw-dropping photos of the branch in action

US Coast Guard Alaska

Today marks the 227th anniversary of the creation of the US Coast Guard.

One of the five service branches in the US military, the Coast Guard is responsible for maritime rescue, drug interdiction, smuggling prevention, and humanitarian-aid distribution.

Tracing its history to August 4, 1790, the Coast Guard now operates throughout US internal waterways, the coasts, and even distant international waters.

In honor of the Coast Guard’s 227 years of service, we have collected some of the most amazing images of it in a range of missions.

The Coast Guard in Alaska operates in some of the most isolated parts of the US. Here, a Coast Guard vessel gets underway during a winter Bering Sea patrol.

Before taking part in operations, Coast Guard service members must receive substantial training, including in how to rescue people from icy waters.

Crew members of Alaskan Coast Guard ships conduct 100-yard survival swims in 39-degree waters.

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Criminal Minds Season 13: Will Scratch Be Caught? – Today's News … – TV Guide

Will Season 13 be the lucky year the BAU finally catches Mr. Scratch on Criminal Minds?

The unsub has been at large since breaking out of prison in the Season 11 finale and has been one step ahead of the BAU since, targeting their family members and luring them into a trap in the Season 12 finale that culminated in a multiple SUV pileup. Showrunner Erica Messertold TV Guide in May that she had not yet decided if Scratch (Bodhi Elfman) will be caught in Season 13, but now that the show’s back in production, it sounds like she has landed on something.

“I think we’re gonna get our hands on Mr. Scratch,” Adam Rodriguez teased when TV Guide caught up with the cast at CBS’ Television Critics Association summer press tour party. “Maybe.”

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It’s not as innocuous of a quote as it seems, because “in a couple of months, you’ll see that was a great pun,” Paget Brewster added.

Hands, huh? Does someone choke him? Does the BAU bust out their own shadow monster with talon hands? (Since Matthew Gray Gubler played the Scratch clawed shadow monster, that should be easy.) Do they draw him out with Jewel on repeat?

Yes, the last one. That’s totally how they’ll do it.

Season 13 of Criminal Minds premieres Wednesday at 10/9c on CBS.

(Full disclosure: TV Guide is owned by CBS.)

Additional reporting by Lindsay MacDonald

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