Pacific Area online newsroom, Coast Guard decommissions cutter after 52 years of service. The only Coast Guard Cutter afloat today to receive two Presidential Unit Citations for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy. FOR INFORMATION CONTACT:Mike @ 440-470-2595 or … ( Log Out /  White Heath started her career in 1944 as U.S. Navy lighter YF-445.After the conclusion of World War II, YF-445 along with seven sister ships was transferred from the Navy to The decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter Tamaroa, was sank 33 nautical miles off the coast of Cape May, Wednesday May 10, 2017. In April 1972, Absecon and two of her sister ships, Coast Guard cutters USCGC Chincoteague (WHEC-375) and USCGC McCulloch (WHEC-386), were deployed as Coast Guard Squadron Two, with crews composed mainly of members of the United States Coast Guard Reserve. We are closed from Friday, 25th December to Tuesday 29th December. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. U.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER WHITE HEATH (WLM-545) HAERNo.MA-150 (page 2) DESCRIPTION White Heath (WLM-545) is a 133-foot long, World War II-era buoy tender that was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard in 1998. The future generations of cuttermen were here this last deployment learning, teaching and making their shipboard memories, and they are ready to carry on and continue the Coast Guard’s seagoing heritage.”. The cutter was named after Andrew W. Mellon, the 49th Secretary of the Treasury from 1921-1932. Copyright © 2020 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. This would mean the 3 heavy icebreakers could fit nicely in the pier space at CGB Seattle, but that would not leave much room for other large cutters. But because of Covid, Coast Guard Command could not make accommodations to us. The reliability of the cutter is a product of years and years of properly taking care of this beloved cutter. USCGC Acushnet was originally built as a U.S. Navy diver-class rescue and salvage ship, then served as a coast guard cutter for a long career. D11-DG-M-PACAREA-PA@uscg.mil Living up to the Mellon’s motto “Primus Inter Pares,” meaning first among equals, the cutter established several Coast Guard firsts, including the first of five Hamilton-class high endurance cutters to have a Harpoon anti-ship missile system installed. Their Mk 92 FCS was easy to pickout while driving or walking the waterfront or riding on a ferry. “I am incredibly confident in the Coast Guard’s future, because in Coast Guard Cutter Mellon’s crew and proud history, I see the attributes that have made our Coast Guard ‘Always Ready’ for more than two centuries.”. The Coast Guard Cutter Dallas began the voyage in the 1960s and approached that inevitable fate today as the ship sailed into homeport after its last patrol as a U.S. warship. Palazzo served with distinction in the Coast Guard as a Machinery Technician 1st Class on the Cutter CAPE HORN at Station Rockaway. He was part of the crew that decommissioned the cutter in 1990 and then carried on his service at Rockaway. In 1957, the reinforced ship was one of three Coast Guard vessels to successfully attempt a Northwest Passage, sailing through semi-charted waters north of Canada from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. The vessel left its … The Famous class cutters are the only medium endurance cutters in the Coast Guard equipped with a helicopter hanger which can accommodate either a single HH-65 Dolphin, or HH-60J Jayhawk. Mellon was also the first, and only, Coast Guard cutter to test fire a Harpoon missile. This blog is part of a series honoring the long blue line of Coast Guard men and women who served before us. Cutters [33] New York Ship built the entire 33-hull class of 125-foot "Buck and a Quarter" cutters for the U.S. Coast Guard in 1926-27. The vessel left its military service in 2003 and in 2013 was sold to a company which refurbished it and displayed it as a floating museum. Photo courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard, Fast-moving storm on way to Midwest, Northeast, Pro wrestler Jon Huber, aka Brodie Lee, Luke Harper, dead at 41, Suspect charged after 3 dead, 3 wounded at Illinois bowling alley, Lawmakers urge Trump to sign stimulus, funding bills as shutdown looms, Famous birthdays for Dec. 27: Timothee Chalamet, Savannah Guthrie, Meet President-elect Joe Biden's top adviser picks. Also, if the three medium icebreakers do indeed most of the Bering Sea patrol, it removes a majority of the mission for those large cutters. “The officers, chiefs and crew for this final year have been truly remarkable and can hold their heads high as they operated Mellon with distinction across the North Pacific on three deployments serving our nation. Always well maintained and substantially upgraded before her 2011 retirement. Eventually the three cutters were decommissioned, transferred to the U.S. Navy, and then trans… Photo by Andy Newman. Vietnam is set to receive a high endurance cutter named the USCGC Morngethau from the U.S. Coast Guard under the latter's Foreign Assistance Act, which allows the transfer of excess defense equipment as a grant to friendly, foreign governments, the Naval Today reported.. The ship is one of 39 seagoing buoy tenders built for the Coast Guard between 1942 and 1944, and in 1947 participated in Operation Crossroads, the first test of an atomic bomb's effect on surface ships in the Pacific Ocean. SEATTLE — The U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned the cutter Mellon during an Aug. 21 ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle that was presided over by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the deputy commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area. Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Bramble, once a familiar site on the Great Lakes, will be auctioned in November. USS Yakutat (AVP-32) was a United States Navy Barnegat-class small seaplane tender in commission from 1944 to 1946. U.S. Coast Guard offloads $92M worth of smuggled cocaine, U.S. Coast Guard to strengthen presence in Western Pacific Ocean, U.S. Navy names destroyer after Coast Guard hero Quentin Walsh. The cutter Bibb was named for George Motier Bibb, a prominent lawyer and jurist in, It is sorted by length down to 65', the minimum length of a USCG cutter. During Bering Sea patrols, Mellon conducted search and rescue operations and enforced laws and regulations that preserved vital Alaskan fisheries. Chuck posted elsewhere some speculation on basing the three medium icebreakers. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. She operated in support of the New Guinea campai… ( Log Out /  USA Registered. From 1969 through 1972, Mellon’s crews participated in the Vietnam War, performing several naval gunfire support missions and patrolling Southeast Asian waters to prevent the smuggling of weapons into Vietnam. The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sweetgum will be decommissioned after nearly 60 years of service in a ceremony scheduled Wednesday, September 19, at 2:00 p.m. at Coast Guard Group Mobile in … Over the past 52 years of service, Mellon’s crews conducted a wide range of diverse operations in all parts of the world. “While Mellon’s service to the U.S. Coast Guard now ends, the ship will continue its legacy of good maritime governance after transfer to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Royal Naval Force,” said Gautier. The Bramble was located about 15 miles from the atoll to watch the detonation of an atomic bomb over the target area before departing for Hawaii. Editors’ Note: Click on images above to download full-resolution photos and videos. ( Log Out /  According to … 1975 Coast Guard 41 UTB Fresh Water! The 4,500 nautical mile trip took 64 days. The U.S Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) WHEC-37 is one of the famed Secretary of the Treasury Class Coast Guard cutters built in the mid-1930's. The instant the keel of a new Coast Guard cutter is laid, the ship begins the journey toward its eventual decommissioning. During the cutter’s last year of service, 20 officers and 160 enlisted crew members patrolled the Bering Sea and the Northern Pacific Ocean near Japan for more than a combined 230 days, collectively conducting 100 safety and fisheries boardings of U.S.-, Chinese-, Korean-, Japanese- and Russian-flagged fishing vessels and participating in five search-and-rescue cases. The same could be said for old military ships, such as the former U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bramble, stranded in Mobile in a dry dock at Alabama Shipyard. I served aboard Mellon from 1975-1977 under the command of Capt. The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Diligence returned to Wilmington on Saturday, following a 42-day patrol in the Caribbean and the announcement that it would soon be decommissioned. Seven similar "combat cutters" were built and named for secretaries of the United States Treasury. She was laid down on 15 March 1943 as a Barnegat-class small seaplane tender designated AVP-57 by Lake Washington Shipyard at Houghton, Washington. These vessels displace about 879 tons and have a top speed of 18 knots. But with four new PSC destined for pier 36 plus the Healy I doubt there would be peir space for two additional WMSL or WMSM. I think you are absolutely right. They were originally scheduled to sail to Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands, but were diverted to the U.S. Navy base at Apra Harbor, Guam. The U.S. Coast Guard decommissioned the USCGC Morngethau during a ceremony at a military base in … SLNS Gajabahu (P626) is an Offshore Patrol Vessel of the Sri Lanka Navy.Formerly, it was USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720) a United States Coast Guard Hamilton-class high endurance cutter named for John Sherman, the 32nd United States Secretary of the … Some of these 320-ton ocean-going cutters served until the 1960s, and at least three are still extant. SEATTLE — The Coast Guard decommissioned the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) during a ceremony Thursday held at Coast Guard Base Seattle and presided over by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the deputy commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area. I know of scores of Mellon veterans that wanted to attend the decommissioning of our beloved ship. The "Treasury" class Coast Guard cutters (sometimes referred to as the "Secretary" or 327-foot class) were all named for former secretaries of the Treasury Department. USCGC Mellon [WHEC 717] sits in full dress at the pier before a decommissioning ceremony in Seattle on Aug. 20, 2020. She commissioned into the U.S. Navy on 18 June 1944. The Coast Guard has confirmed cutter Dorado (WPB 87306), stationed in the Crescent City Harbor, will be decommissioned early next year. Their primary armament is a 25mm Bushmaster chain gun, like that used on the M2 Bradley. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. “It has truly been an honor to serve as the final commanding officer for Coast Guard Cutter Mellon,” said Capt. USCGC Mellon was a High Endurance Cutter homeported in Seattle and served as an asset in completing Coast Guard missions around the world for 52 years. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark), Aug. 21, 2020 The legacy of Mellon has been those fantastic memories that have been made and the knowledge that has passed from one shipmate to another. SEATTLE — The Coast Guard decommissioned the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) during a ceremony Thursday held at Coast Guard Base Seattle and presided over by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the deputy commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area. Stay tuned as we highlight the customs, traditions, history and heritage of the Coast Guard. In the Eastern Pacific, the Mellon’s boarding teams interdicted illegal narcotics trafficked over the high seas. Change ), Contact: Coast Guard Pacific Area Public Affairs. While under construction, she was converted into a motor torpedo boat tender and was launched as such on 21 August 1943. All engines ready to fire up. Mellon was launched Feb. 11, 1967, and commissioned Jan. 9, 1968. In the late-1970s and 1980s, the Mellon responded to numerous major search and rescue operations, including their assistance in the rescue of 510 passengers and crew members from the burning luxury liner Prinsendam in 1980. Mellon’s keel was laid July 25, 1966, at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans. Three of the vessels were decommissioned and transferred to allied navies. Of the 35 built in the 1920s, 16 were still in service during the 1960s. Mellon was one of the Coast Guard’s two remaining 378-foot Hamilton-class high endurance cutters. WHEC-37 was designed for law enforcement missions, search and rescue, and maritime patrol. Chuck I understand your anticipated basing plan for the WMSL/WMSM in the PACAREA, but it should would be nice to see these two unit replaced with two new units to carry on their legacy to the Seattle area. Mellon’s participation in the Vietnam War earned the ship the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation. The Bramble spent its last days in the Coast Guard involved in law enforcement, search-and-rescue work and buoy tending on the Great Lakes, with home ports of Detroit and Port Huron, Mich. After it was decommissioned, it briefly sailed around the Caribbean Sea and was featured in the 2016 film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The Coast Guard currently operates 14 Reliance-class cutters, from a class of 17 built in the 1960s. USCGC Acushnet was originally built as a U.S. Navy diver-class rescue and salvage ship, then served as a coast guard cutter for a long career. The Long Blue Line: 327-foot Secretary Class Cutters “the ships that wouldn’t die” Posted by Diana Sherbs, Thursday, August 2, 2018. The Coast Guard decommissioned the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon on August, 20 during a ceremony held at Coast Guard Base Seattle and presided over by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the deputy commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area. Always well maintained and substantially upgraded before her 2011 retirement. The cutter USGCS Bramble, which served the U.S. Coast Guard from 1942 until its decommissioning in 2003, will be auctioned in November. The company's unpaid bills will force an auction of the historic, 180-foot long ship in Mobile, Ala., on Nov. 6. ( Log Out /  The fleet of high endurance cutters is being replaced by 418-foot Legend-class national security cutters, which serve as the Coast Guard’s primary long-range asset. Jonathan Musman. The older cutters each have 70 to 75 crew members, he has said, more than twice as much as each fast response cutter. U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area The List of United States Coast Guard Cutters is a listing of all cutters to have been commissioned by the United States Coast Guard during the history of that service. Jones has said that getting the two larger cutters is critical to replacing the local Coast Guard jobs that could be lost once the Alert and Steadfast are decommissioned. Sad to see her go, and sister will also follow shortly. "The Active-class patrol boat was one of the most useful and long-lasting classes of United States Coast Guard cutters. "We hope that a passionate person or institution will be able to save her," said a spokesman for Inchcape Shipping Services, Inc., the plaintiff in the case. Mellon was recommissioned March 3, 1989. SEATTLE — The Coast Guard decommissioned the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) during a ceremony Thursday held at Coast Guard Base Seattle and presided over by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the deputy commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area. Mellon was one of the Coast Guard’s two remaining 378-foot Hamilton-class high endurance cutters. All engines ready to fire up. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. If they are used as a combination Arctic Science and Arctic Patrol vessel, it makes the most sense to base most/all of them in Kodiak. Several department officers from the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon stand together after a decommissioning ceremony for the cutter in Seattle on Aug. 20, 2020. In 1985, the Mellon entered the Fleet Renovation and Modernization program, a dry dock program designed to prolong high endurance cutters’ service life. Gresham began life as the United States Navy Barnegat-class motor torpedo boat tender USS Willoughby (AGP-9). This was a bitter pill to swallow for us all. Mellon was one of the Coast Guard’s two remaining 378-foot Hamilton-class high-endurance cutters. Mellon was one of the Coast Guard’s two remaining 378-foot Hamilton-class high endurance cutters. The Coast Guard has confirmed cutter Dorado (WPB 87306), stationed in the Crescent City Harbor, will be decommissioned early next year. Mellon was one of the Coast Guard’s two remaining 378-foot Hamilton-class high endurance cutters. Bibb was named for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury (July 4, 1844 – March 7, 1845) George M. Bibb - Wisconsin & MichiganThis aluminum-hulled 41-foot utility boat, built at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis, Maryland, combine speed and maneuverability to carry out a variety of missions.The 41 foot utility boat has two sleeping berths, a chemical head and a … Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The decommissioned U.S. Coast Guard cutter USCGC Bramble, once a familiar site on the Great Lakes, will be auctioned in November. Commissioned in 1968, the Mellon was the third of twelve high endurance cutters built for long-range, high-endurance missions, including maritime security roles, drug interdiction, illegal immigrant interception and fisheries patrols. Contact: Coast Guard Pacific Area Public Affairs There, they’d be 800 miles from the Bering Sea, vs. 2000 miles to get there from Seattle. Very nice video…..During the 36 years I lived, worked and called the Seattle area home, USCGC Mellon and her sister Midgett were a frequent figure along the Seattle waterfront at peir 36. While WHEC-37 was decommissioned from the Coast Guard in 1986, her original appearance remains. The cutters motto will always be “No Ka Oi.”. The USCGC Bibb (WPG-31) was a 327-foot (100 m) Secretary-Class (also known as "Treasury Class") Coast Guard ship commissioned in 1936. THE CUTTERS, BOATS, AND AIRCRAFT OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD PROFESSIONALLY AND PROFICIENTLY OPERATED BY THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE U.S. COAST GUARD, the service’s cutters, aircraft, and boats are stand-ing by 24/7 to respond to safety and security threats in all weather condi-tions, day or night. Hal Olson and home ported at Sand Island, Hawaii. Maybe basing opportunities could be available at Bremerton or Everett. The Eastern Pacific decommissioned coast guard cutters the 49th Secretary of the Coast Guard from 1942 until its in. Mellon ’ s participation in the 1960s at least three are still extant action against armed... Shipmate to another and transferred to allied navies there from Seattle taking care this! 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