Semper paratus


"SEMPER PARATUS" inscribed on the official flag of the U.S. Coast Guard

Semper Paratus is a Latin phrase, meaning "Always Ready". Sometimes shortened to Semper P. It is used as the official motto of some organizations, such as the United States Coast Guard. A 1928 song of the same name is also used as the U.S. Coast Guard's official march, and appears on the organization's flag.



Hong Kong

United Kingdom

United States


  • It is the motto of Fire and Rescue Service, Queensland, a part of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services


  1. ^ a b Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003
  2. ^ "Winged dragon: The history of the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force". Archived from the original on 2020-02-09. Retrieved 10 January 2021.
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  4. ^ The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, Bernard Burke, Harrison & Sons, 1884, pp. 25, 204, 324
  5. ^ "Semper Paratus" (Always Ready)
  6. ^ Special Unit Designations
  • Canadian Forces Publication A-DH-267-003 Insignia and Lineages of the Canadian Forces. Volume 3: Combat Arms Regiments
  • ""Semper Paratus" (Always Ready)". Coast Guard History - FAQ's. U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office. Retrieved 27 April 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  • "Special Unit Designations". United States Army Center of Military History. 21 April 2010. Archived from the original on 9 June 2010. Retrieved 17 July 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)