Building the National Security Cutter: Commissioning

Building the National Security Cutter: Commissioning

“Together with my shipmates, we’re beginning the most important milestones in the life of a cutter,” said Capt. Doug Fears, Hamilton’s commanding officer and the most senior member of the crew. “The Cutter Hamilton is now officially in active service to execute the most challenging maritime security, law enforcement, and national defense missions.”

The Hamilton performs sea trials in the Gulf of Mexico, Aug. 13, 2014. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Vega.

Building the national security cutter: Acceptance

In October, Hamilton was christened by it’s sponsor, Linda Kapral Papp, wife of retired Adm. Bob Papp. In the months since, the cutter has been put through a series of tests culminating in sea trials to determine the readiness of the vessel to support Coast Guard missions. Yesterday, the Coast Guard formally accepted delivery of Hamilton at a ceremony in Pascagoula, Mississippi.


Building the national security cutter: Keel laying

A keel is the very foundation of a ship. Running from bow to stern, a ship’s keel historically served as the core for the rest of the ship’s structure, providing a source of strength for the superstructure above. Today, the U.S. Coast Guard’s fourth national security cutter, named for Alexander Hamilton, symbolically received that source of strength.

Adm. Papp testifies on Coast Guard acquisitions achievements

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp testified before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation about the Coast Guard’s acquisition program today. During the hearing, Papp provided an oral statement where he explained the progress […]

Building the national security cutter: 100 tons of steel

You see them everyday on America’s waterways. They have been spotted responding to humanitarian disasters across the world. And, they support the Department of Defense in times of conflict. We are, of course, talking about the Coast Guard cutter fleet. […]

Decommissioning ceremony

Hamilton & Chase retire from the fleet

Two stalwarts of the Coast Guard’s fleet of cutters, Hamilton and Chase, were decommissioned earlier this week after leaving an indelible mark in our service’s history. The two 378-foot high endurance cutters, with close to 90 years of experience collectively, […]

Adm. Bob Papp, 24th Commandant of the Coast Guard, delivers an All Hands address on the flight deck of CGC Waesche. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Recapitalizing and building capacity: The National Security Cutters

Update: Paragraph six corrected to reflect that Adm. Papp rode in a “short range prosecutor” boat instead of a “long range interceptor.” National Security Cutters can deploy either boat from the stern launch. Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of […]

UPDATE: Coast Guard response to Haiti earthquake

As the Coast Guard continues operations in support of U.S. government disaster response and humanitarian assistance efforts to Haiti, there are four Coast Guard Cutters (Forward, Mohawk, Tahoma and Valiant) on-scene with two more cutters (Oak and Hamilton) en route. […]