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Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Lt. David Irving, Cutter Bertholf’s physician assistant keeps crew “Semper Paratus”

Friday, March 1, 2019

There are a few things Coast Guard planners can count on when putting together a ship’s deployment to some of the most remote areas of the globe.

Things on the ship will break, plans will change – and there’s at least a chance someone will get hurt. It’s that last factor that concerns people like Lt. David Irving, a Coast Guard physician assistant aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750).

The Long Blue Line: Bertholf – second founder of the Coast Guard

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Commodore Bertholf, first commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and first flag officer in the service’s history. U.S. Coast Guard image.

The story of Ellsworth Bertholf is lost and forgotten to the American public, but to members of the Coast Guard past and present, he remains a legacy through his heroic feats in Alaska, his role in establishing the Coast Guard as a military service, and the distinguished National Security Cutter that now bears his name.

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf

Friday, October 14, 2016

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf’s crew was the 2016 recipient of the Coast Guard Foundation’s National Award for Heroism. From May 2015 to April 2016, the Bertholf crew, its Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron and Cryptological Group detachments completed two deployments to the Eastern Pacific totaling 213 days away from homeport. In all, the Bertholf crew detained 58 suspected narco-traffickers and prevented over 50,700 pounds of narcotics – with a street value of over $806 million – from reaching the United States. These efforts were responsible for over 10 percent of the Coast Guard’s total cocaine seizures in 2015.

The spirit of Bertholf: Rep. David Price

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rep. Price

More than 3,000 Coast Guard members call North Carolina home. North Carolina is also home to Rep. David Price, the 2013 recipient of the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award. The annual award is a way to recognize members of Congress who exemplify the spirit of the award’s namesake – the service’s first commandant.

The spirit of Bertholf

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sen. Landrieu

Each year the Coast Guard presents the Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf Award to a member of Congress who exemplifies the spirit of Bertholf by making substantial contributions in support of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard and enhances the ability of the service to carry out its missions. This year’s recipient is Sen. Mary Landrieu.

Bertholf: Continuing a legacy of Coast Guard Arctic service

Thursday, September 20, 2012

On March 26, 1898, the relief party sights the most westerly of the icebound whaling vessels. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Timothy Tamargo. Excerpts from Commodore Ellsworth P.Bertholf by C. Douglas Kroll and The Overland Expedition: A Coast Guard Triumph by Paul Johnson. On Aug. 21, 2012, the engines were lit and mooring stations set. […]

April Fool’s Day is full speed ahead aboard Bertholf

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Two injured sailors involved in an around-the-world race were rescued from their storm-damaged yacht by Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, one of the Coast Guard’s newest assets, approximately 250 miles offshore. The successful rescue of the two sailors followed two days […]

Bertholf, Boutwell nab drugs, smugglers on high seas

Thursday, December 1, 2011

A month ago today Compass brought you the story of Coast Guard Cutter Waesche’s drug seizure on its inaugural deployment. The rest of the month mirrored Waesche’s success. Case in point: The crews of Coast Guard Cutters Bertholf and Boutwell […]

From the bridge of the Bertholf: Hawaii patrol

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf small boat

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 […]

From the bridge of the Bertholf: Northern Edge 2011

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


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.

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