USCG Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) to be commissioned May 7 at Coast Guard Island
- The NLUS Pacific Central Region is deeply involved with the commissioning of the second of the Coast Guard's new National Security Cutters. USCG Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) is scheduled to be commissioned May 7 at Coast Guard Island. Those who were at the commissioning ceremony of the USCG Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750), http://www.uscg.mil/pacarea/bertholf/default.asp will not forget it.Two of the committee members are Jeanne Sharkey, bjsharkeyiii at yahoo dot com, and Julio Blea, juliob at seawest dot coop. Jeanne indicates a letter regarding fundraising will be mailed out mid-October and that a website devoted to the commissioning will soon be established. Possibly you read in the July Seapower magazine the two page article "Technology, New Media Expand Council's Reach for Commissioning." The League has a guide to commissioning online, http://www.navyleague.org/councils/ShipCommissioningGuide.pdf.Below are some websites devoted to the cutter. Also Commandant Thad Allen's interesting Facebook site should be of interest to those interested in current USCG priorities. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughhead also has a Facebook site, http://www.facebook.com/ChiefofNavalOperations?v=wall. Our Pacific Central Region Facebook site doesn't have a short address but it is up and running, http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/pages/Navy-League-Pacific-Central-Region/120296346877. All welcome you to be a "Fan."Few regions have websites (ours the Yahoo group, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PCR-NLUS with its links page, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PCR-NLUS/links and none have a Facebook page. Does your council have Facebook page? The League is trying to track councils that in addition to their website have a presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.Anchors Aweigh,PhelpsPhelps HobartWeb YeomanPacific Central Region, NLUS__________________________________________________WAESCHE (WMSL-751)
Homepage for the new cutter. The 2nd of the Legend Class Cutters will be commissioned 7 May 2010 at her homeport Coast Guard Island, Alameda.
http://www.uscg.mil/pacarea/CGCWaesche/default.aspWAESCHE (WMSL-751) Sea Trials Report
Sea trials held 18 August 2009, this report in Navy Times is dated following day. No photos.
http://www.navytimes.com/news/2009/08/coastguard_waesche_trials_081809w/WAESCHE (WMSL-751) Sea Trials Report and photo
Two good reports from USCG officers and the best photo of the ship.
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=118646198817WAESCHE (WMSL-751) Unofficial site
Contains information on the crest, the captain, and his welcome aboard remarks. Dated 2008.
http://usmilnet.com/smf/index.php?topic=13633.0;wap2Facebook - Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen
Active site with posts on a number of USCG priorities. Become a 'Fan."
National Security Cutter #2, Waesche, Completes Builders Trials
August 18, 2009Waesches success during the Builders Trials is attributable, in part, to the application of lessons-learned, which have had a direct affect on the maturation of numerous systems; stability of command, control, communication, and computer and machinery control systems; reliability of operation of the engineering plant (e.g., turbine, main propulsion diesel engine and line shafting bearings); and successful demonstration of the redesigned small boat stern launch and recovery system and calibration of gun systems (Mk 57 and CWIS).The Coast Guard and industry will work together to address any deficiencies noted during trials prior to delivery. Each NSC must pass many tests, including those of Acceptance Trials, before the government takes ownership of the new cutter. Acceptance Trials are conducted by the Coast Guard and the Navys Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). INSURVs role in the Coast Guards shipbuilding program is to ensure newly constructed ships are inspected thoroughly and consistently, and serious deficiencies are corrected prior to vessel delivery and acceptance. Although much work remains to be done to complete Waesches fitting-out process, the Coast Guard is confident in the project's success and looks forward to the new cutter joining the fleet. The Coast Guard and industry are extremely grateful for the partnership and support of the Navy and other third-party entities, such as Naval Sea Surface Command, Supervisor of Shipbuilding Gulf Coast, Naval Surface Warfare Center, and others, throughout the NSCs shipbuilding process. Together, this team ensures the newest and most capable patrol cutters in Coast Guard history meet all contractual and operational requirements. The success of this project is being demonstrated through the multi-mission operational deployments of CGC BERTHOLF, which now is on her second patrol in the North Pacific.Waesche, like her sister ship in the Legend-class, represents a great leap forward in capability for the Coast Guards surface forces. The state-of-the-market hull, mechanical and electrical (HM&E) systems and advanced suite of command, control, and communication electronics will ensure the Coast Guards fleet is ready to meet 21st century mission needs.For more information on the National Security Cutter, visit the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorates Web site at: www.uscg.mil/acquisition/nsc_________________________________
SHIELD: The lighthouse recalls Admiral Waesches profound influence and impact on the United States Coast Guard and its development through the twentieth century, particularly its amalgamation with the Lighthouse Service and Bureau of Marine Inspection. The destroyer Beale refers to the Admirals post as Commanding Officer of that ship and its significant link to the Navy, which transferred it to the Coast Guard. It belonged to the most sophisticated class operated by the Coast Guard at that time and has relevance to the Legend class, todays most modern ships in the Service. It recalls also Coast Guard control of illegal activity in the early years of Admiral Waesches career. Blue represents the Coast Guard; white denotes integrity and pursuit of the highest goals. The scarlet bordure signifies courage, sacrifice and unity of purpose of Coast Guard personnel and recalls the expansion of the Service during World War II.
CREST: The compass rose represents Admiral Waesches wide scope of activities and influence in developing the United States Coast Guards abilities as a major force in the protection of the nation and its interests, notably in maritime matters. The stars signify his high rank in the service and recall his distinction as the first Coast Guard officer to achieve such status. Gold denotes excellence.
Source: The Institute of Heraldry Coast Guard Section, USCGC Waesche, WMSL 751For more information about the Builders Trials and the Waesche, head over to the Commandants blog, iCommandant, to hear from Captain Jim Knight, the Commanding Officer for the Project Resident Office Gulf Coast in Pascagoula, Mississippi.For pictures of the Waesche, go to CGVI and search Waesche.
Captain Lance L. Bardo
Prospective Commanding Officer
Alameda, CaliforniaCAPT Bardo, a career cutterman, has served aboard six cutters over 26 years, commanding four cutters prior to CGC WAESCHE. His seagoing duty has included Fisheries enforcement and Search and Rescue in the Northwest Atlantic, Bering Sea and off the California coast, icebreaking on the Great Lakes, as well as extensive counter drug operations in the Caribbean and Eastern Pacific. Most recently he served as Commanding Officer of CGC BOUTWELL from 2002 2004 and led the interdiction of over $1B in contraband in the Eastern Pacific. He served as Commanding Officer of CGC COURAGEOUS from 1999-2001, patrolling the Straits of Florida and Caribbean. He served as Executive Officer, USCGC CONFIDENCE, Port Canaveral, FL from 1995-97 where he patrolled the Caribbean. He served as Commanding Officer of USCGC NEAH BAY, Cleveland, OH from 1990-92 and patrolled the east coast of the U.S. on fisheries enforcement and conducted ice operations throughout the Great Lakes. He served from 1983-85 as Commanding Officer, USCGC CAPE WASH, Morro Bay, CA where he conducted search and rescue and law enforcement missions off the central coast of California. His initiation to sea duty began as a Deck Watch Officer and boarding officer aboard USCGC VIGOROUS, New London, CT where he patrolled the Caribbean and northwest Atlantic.Recent staff tours include duty as Chief, Pacific Area Resources and Performance Management Staff from 2006-2007 and Operational Forces Manager for Pacific Area from 2001 2004 where he was responsible for the deployment and management of the Pacific Area cutter fleet, Tactical Law Enforcement Team and Marine Security Safety Teams. Earlier he served from 1997-99 as a political-military officer for Sub-Saharan Africa at the U. S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany where he coordinated joint military and security assistance activities through out Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. He was assigned to the Officer Personnel branch at CG Headquarters from 1992-95 and the Programs Division at Coast Guard Headquarters from 1987-1990.CAPT Bardo a native of Buffalo, NY, is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and an alumni of the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA where he earned a Masters of Science degree in Operations Research. He has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals and the 9-11 Medal.