(1) deter, protect against, and rapidly respond to threats of maritime terrorism;
(2) conduct maritime operations to protect against and disrupt illegal use, access to, or proliferation of weapons of mass destruction;
(3) enforce moving or fixed safety or security zones established pursuant to law;
(4) conduct high speed intercepts;
(5) board, search, and seize any article or thing on or at, respectively, a vessel or facility found to present a risk to the vessel or facility, or to a port;
(6) rapidly deploy to supplement United States armed forces domestically or overseas;
(7) respond to criminal or terrorist acts so as to minimize, insofar as possible, the disruption caused by such acts;
(8) assist with facility vulnerability assessments required under this chapter; and
(9) carry out any other missions of the Coast Guard as are assigned to it by the Secretary.
2010—Pub. L. 111–281 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to maritime safety and security teams.
2006—Subsec. (b)(8). Pub. L. 109–241 substituted "any other missions of the Coast Guard" for "other security missions".
Pub. L. 111–281, title VIII, §805, Oct. 15, 2010, 124 Stat. 2991, provided that:
"(A) begin to increase the number of detection canine teams certified by the Coast Guard for the purposes of maritime-related security by no fewer than 10 canine teams annually through fiscal year 2012; and
"(B) encourage owners and operators of port facilities, passenger cruise liners, oceangoing cargo vessels, and other vessels identified by the Secretary to strengthen security through the use of highly trained detection canine teams.
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