The national security cutters are equipped with a stern launch and recovery system, referred to as ‘the notch’ by Bertholf’s crew. The system allows the cutter to launch and recover fully loaded small boats during operations such as drug interdiction, living marine resources enforcement or search and rescue. U.S. Coast Guard photo. Post written by
Tag: From the bridge of the Bertholf
We’ve asked Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the first national security cutter, to share their perspective on how the fleet’s newest class will perform in the world’s most challenging operating environments. This update comes from the executive officer, Cmdr. Dave Ramassini, and focuses on the NSC as a platform for joint service operations with the Department of Defense.
Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Rothdeutsch changes a fuel filter aboard Bertholf during their Alaska patrol. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charly Hengen. Earlier this week Coast Guard Compass put you on the bridge of the Bertholf with the commanding officer himself, Capt. John Prince. His unique perspective as Coast
We’ve been underway for more than a month on the first Alaska Patrol for a national security cutter, and I can say it has been a truly impressive performance by the ship and our crew. We’ve experienced 20-foot seas and winds in excess of 60 knots with temperatures below freezing, and despite these sea conditions the ship has remained within pitch and roll limits to launch our helicopter. We have been able to make a comfortable 12 to 15 knots through the water in seas up to 14 feet, validating the sea keeping and stability of the NSC and our ability to respond quickly to any emergency.
As one of the Coast Guard’s newest assets, the national security cutters bring operational capabilities the fleet needs for mission success. Over the next few weeks, the wardroom of the service’s first NSC will share their unique perspective on how the fleet’s newest class of cutters will perform in the world’s most challenging operating environments