USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907)

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USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907)
USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907)
Career (USCG)
Name: USCGC Escanaba
Namesake: USCGC Escanaba (WPG-77)
Builder: Robert Derecktor Shipyard Incorporated, Middletown, Rhode Island
Laid down: April 1, 1983
Launched: February 6, 1985
Commissioned: August 29, 1987
Homeport: Boston, Massachusetts
Motto: The Spirit Lives On.
Fate: Active
General characteristics
Class & type: Famous-class cutter
Displacement: 1,800 long tons (1,829 t)
Length: 270 ft (82 m)
Beam: 38 ft (12 m)
Draft: 14.5 ft (4.4 m)
Propulsion: Twin turbo-charged ALCO V-18 diesel engines
Speed: 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph)
Range: 9,900 nautical miles (18,300 km; 11,400 mi)
Endurance: 14-21 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
• 1 × Over-the-Horizon (OTH) Interceptor
• 1 × RHI with twin 90 HP outboard engines
Complement: 100 personnel (14 officers, 86 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
MK 92 Fire Control Radar
SPS-73 Surface Search Radar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 (receive only)
Armament: • 1 × Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
• 2 × .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns
Aircraft carried: HH-65 Dolphin
HH-60 Jayhawk
MH-68 Stingray
For other ships of the same name, see USCGC Escanaba.

USCGC Escanaba (WMEC-907) is a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter based in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] Her keel was laid on April 1, 1983 at Robert Derecktor Shipyard Incorporated, Middletown, Rhode Island. She was launched February 6, 1985 and is named for her predecessor, USCGC Escanaba (WPG-77), which was named for the Escanaba River and Escanaba, Michigan. Escanaba (WMEC-907) was formally commissioned August 29, 1987 in Grand Haven, Michigan, the home port of her predecessor.

The first Escanaba was sunk by either a mine or enemy torpedo on June 13, 1943, during World War II's Battle of the Atlantic, while escorting a convoy off Newfoundland. There were only two survivors out of the 105-man crew.[2]

Service[edit]

A boarding party from Escanaba was engaged by the crew of a suspected drug smuggling go-fast boat on 14 September 2010. The go-fast escaped when it entered Nicaraguan waters, but no Coast Guard personnel were injured.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Escanaba history page
  2. ^ The Sinking of the USCGC Escanaba
  3. ^ http://articles.cnn.com/2010-09-24/world/nicaragua.us.coast.guard_1_drug-traffickers-coast-guard-nicaraguan-waters?_s=PM:WORLD

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