Coast Guard Cutter Waesche joins the fleet

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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche man the rails during the ship's commissioning ceremony.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sherri Eng)
The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche man the rails during the ship’s commissioning ceremony. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sherri Eng)

The Coast Guard commissioned the second National Security Cutter, CGC Waesche, last Friday in Alameda.

Named after Coast Guard legend Admiral Russell Waesche, who served as Commandant of the Coast Guard from 1936 to 1945, the newest cutter in the Coast Guard joins CGC Bertholf as flagships of a 21st century Coast Guard. At 418 feet, the NSCs are the largest and most technically advanced class of cutter in the Coast Guard, with capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement and national defense missions.

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