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During the Korean Conflict, the Coast Guard served a supporting role such as improving commuications and meterological services along with port security. In 1965, 26 of the Coast Guard's 82-foot cutters were ordered to Vietnam to be used in the brown water campaign. During the course of the Vietnam War, 56 Coast Guard cutters served there. In February 1969 the Coast Guard began to pull out of Vietnam . This process was concluded by December 1971.
Since Vietnam the USCG has participated in other military campaigns including the invasion of Grenada, performing port security and other missions in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and participation in the peacekeeping efforts in the Balkans.
On 9/11 the Coast Guard was one of the first federal agencies to respond to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The Coast Guard has also provided units to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom and Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In March 2003 the United States Coast Guard transferred to the newly formed Department of Homeland Security.