For the past several months, Coast Guard Compass has taken you aboard Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf with reports from the commanding and executive officers on operations in the Bering Sea and the Western Pacific. That unique perspective “From the bridge [...]
Post written by Cmdr. Dave Ramassini, Executive Officer, Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf. Aloha from the deep Pacific Ocean from the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf. As we now approach the 100th day of our current patrol, we have shifted [...]
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.
While our current patrol of the Bering Sea provides us with yet another opportunity to refine our use of ship sensors, command and control, helicopters, small boats, crew compliment, speed and endurance – what we call improving the “speed of the system” – I find myself reflecting on the impact this class of ship has already had in the Eastern Pacific counter-drug arena, and the impact it will have for other missions such as high seas drift net enforcement, Western and Central Pacific fisheries enforcement and disaster response.
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 Guard Cutter Bertholf’s commanding officer highlighted how impressive the capabilities of the [...]
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 [...]