President Moon Jae-in attended a ceremony on Wednesday to celebrate Korea's Coast Guard Day.
The maritime police had been disbanded for its failure to properly handle the 2014 Sewol-ho ferry disaster, but it was re-instated in July of this year.
During the event held in the western city of Incheon, the president ordered the agency to win back the public's trust and ensure the nation's security.
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"With the re-launch of the Korea Coast Guard, I hope you will grow into a strong and competent organization that will impeccably carry out the responsibilities given to you by the people."
He emphasized the Coast Guard has been granted a second chance by the people after more than 300 lives were lost due to their shortcomings that resulted in the ferry sinking.
The Moon administration revived the agency as an independent one after having its functions taken over by the former public safety ministry for three years.