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Old December 18 2012, 06:33 PM   #3
MacLeod
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Location: Great Britain
Re: Starfleet is the U.S. Coast Guard

Royal Navy vessels intercept drug smuggling

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11553229

Royal Navy protects ships

Drifting Cargo

http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and...-pirate-waters

Royal Navy protects Fishery vessels

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fishery...ction_Squadron

And of course the Royal Navy fights in battles/wars when called upon

Perhaps the US Navy leaves that sort of thing to the US Coast Guard, but as the Royal Navy does that it would appear that Starfleet operates in a similar fashion to the Royal Navy.
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