Tag: medium endurance cutter

The Long Blue Line: Four missions that made Coast Guard Cutter Seneca famous

Coast Guard Cutter Seneca (WMEC-906) is part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s “Famous”-Class of medium-endurance cutters. Many may wonder why the modern Seneca’s namesake became “famous” until they learn of the original Seneca’s heroic 28-year career. Destroying derelict ships, saving lives in World War I, initiating the International Ice Patrol, and capturing rumrunners during Prohibition – these missions were a part of the first Seneca’s story.

The Coast Guard’s Missing Link

Currently, the 1960s-era 210-foot and the 1980s-era 270-foot medium endurance cutters are the link between the Coast Guard’s national security cutters and fast response cutters. However, this link is under untenable strain, characterized by decreasing readiness and skyrocketing maintenance costs.