An American periscope photograph of USS Big Horn on its first weather patrol. Only one of five big guns are visible from a submarine perspective; four of them hide behind false bulkheads. Photo courtesy of Coast Guard retired Cmdr. Douglas L. Jordan.

The Long Blue Line: USS Big Horn – the Coast Guard’s “Q-Ship”

USS Big Horn was one of the only Q-Ships to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard performing combat missions, weather patrols and tanker duty. The ship and its crews marked a truly unique chapter in Coast Guard history.