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The Long Blue Line: Waesche – the Coast Guard’s wartime leader, second founding father

Thursday, November 22, 2018

A 1943 photograph showing the commandant, Vice Adm. Russell Waesche, during a tour of wartime Coast Guard forces in the field. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Adm. Russell Waesche was responsible for the expansion of the service and improved the traditional functions of the Coast Guard during his 10 years as commandant. His administration intensified Coast Guard activity in the Great Lakes and added new missions of the Coast Guard including marine safety, icebreaking, and aids-to-navigation. One could say Waesche’s tenure as Coast Guard commandant was the most productive and successful in Coast Guard history; one could say he was the second founder of the Coast Guard.

On patrol with Waesche: Boardings & shark fins

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche – the second of eight planned national security cutters – had a successful inaugural patrol, and after an in-port period is back at it again. Waesche’s crew is currently on an Asia-Pacific patrol and is once […]

On patrol with Waesche: Firepower

Monday, April 23, 2012

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche – the second of eight planned national security cutters – had a successful inaugural patrol, and after an in-port period is back at it again. Waesche’s crew is currently on an Asia-Pacific patrol and is once […]

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche joins the fleet

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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 […]

Waesche welcomed to new home

Monday, March 1, 2010

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche was welcomed to its new home at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif., Sunday.  Mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters all eagerly awaited for their Coast Guardsmen as they steamed into port aboard the newest […]

ItCG-CGC Waesche finishes trials, message in a bottle, hiker medevac

Saturday, October 3, 2009

The second National Security Cutter, Waesche, finished acceptance trials on Thursday after four days of testing with no major problems. The Coast Guard is expected to take delivery of the Waesche in early November. Story here Authorities are on alert, […]

Update on National Security Cutter Waesche

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

After rigorous testing in the Gulf of Mexico, the second National Security Cutter (NSC), Waesche, successfully completed Builder’s Trials Monday. The Trials provided a chance to get some of the best feedback… directly from those Guardians who have to operate […]

The Long Blue Line: A wartime rescue by Cutter Argo 75 years ago

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Cutter Argo (WPC-100) on patrol. Originally designed for Prohibition law enforcement, this type of cutter was particularly seaworthy and maneuverable. With the U.S. entry into World War II, Argo was attached to the Atlantic Fleet as a convoy escort vessel. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

It’s been 75 years since the wartime search and rescue efforts of the cutter Argo but it will forever remain a chapter in the saga of the long blue line. Cutters Argo and Thetis were part of a convoy off Cape May, New Jersey, when American tanker Camas Meadows steamed unescorted by an inexperienced crew, fatally rammed a Navy patrol gunboat. Argo’s officer of the day activated a search and rescue operation and rescued 23 survivors – 106 crew members of the Navy gunboat were lost.

The Long Blue Line: Lt. Cmdr. Frank Erickson – Coast Guard pioneer of helicopter flight

Thursday, February 28, 2019

After witnessing the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbo in 1941, Lt. Cmdr. Frank Erickson became convinced helicopters would greatly improve search and rescue capabilities. He might have been described as a zealot but eventually convinced then-Commandant of the Coast Guard Adm. Russell Waesche to take a chance on using the helicopter as a search and rescue platform. Erickson created a helicopter training program and was the first to conduct a rescue by helicopter in 1943.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Enlisted Professionals in Connection

Friday, November 30, 2018

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kristjen Nielsen presents the Secretary's Award for Diversity Management 2018 to Petty Officers 2nd Class Amad Hankins and Shango Indomitus at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2018. Hankins and Indomitus developed the Enlisted Professions in Connection Program (EPIC) and the Remote Mentorship Assistance Program to improve retention rates, recruitment and professional development for minorities in the Coast Guard's enlisted workforce. Department of Homeland Security photo by Tim Godbee.

When two junior petty officers found little opportunity for diverse enlisted members to network with similar like-minded members, they formed the Enlisted Professionals in Communication or EPIC. The traveled to nine different commands across the nation, worked with former Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Steven Cantrell and helped diverse and under represented minority members connect. For their efforts and initiative, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen recognized these two petty officer with the Secretary’s Award for Diversity Management.

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