The Long Blue Line: Coast Guard’s “Queen of the Fleet” and the Battle of Convoy ON-166, part 1

Coast Guard Cutter Campbell, commissioned in 1936, is considered the “Queen of the Fleet” as the longest-lived and most famous of the 327-foot Secretary class cutters. In this week’s Long Blue Line series we share the first part of Campbell’s history and its brave convey escort through waters infested with Nazi submarines.


Coast Guard Cutter Smilax logo which designates the cutter Queen of the Fleet. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

Smilax becomes Queen of the Fleet

Posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp. Sailors love their ships, and while it’s probably best demonstrated in how we care for them, it’s probably most evident in the ceremonies we conduct during […]


CGC Acushnet

“Queen of the Fleet” decommissions

The “Queen of the Fleet” is a long, proud tradition honoring the Coast Guard’s oldest ship. Four years ago, this title was given to Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet and after a long and adventurous 67 years of service, the time […]