USCGC Vigorous (WMEC-627)

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USCGC Vigorous (WMEC-627)
USCGC Vigorous (WMEC-627)
Career (USCG)
Builder: American Ship Building Company, Lorain, Ohio
Laid down: 10 November 1967
Launched: 4 May 1968
Acquired: 2 May 1969
Commissioned: 2 May 1969
Homeport: JEB Little Creek-Fort Story, Virginia Beach, VA
Motto: Semper Paratus
Always Ready
Fate: Active
General characteristics
Displacement: 1050 lt
Length: 210 ft 6 in (64.16 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m) max
Propulsion: 2 x V16 2550 horsepower ALCO diesel engines
Speed: max 18 knots; 2,700 mile range
Range: cruise 14 knots; 6,100 mile range
Complement: 12 officers, 63 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
2 x AN/SPS-73/SINS
Armament: 1 x Mk 38 25mm machine gun
2 x M2HB .50 caliber machine gun
Aircraft carried: HH-65 Dolphin

USCGC Vigorous (WMEC-627) is a United States Coast Guard Reliance Class medium endurance cutter. Her keel was laid down by American Ship Building Company, Lorain, Ohio 10 November 1967 and she was launched 4 May 1968. Vigorous was commissioned 2 May 1969 and her current homeport is Cape May, New Jersey. She was decommissioned for modernization at the United States Coast Guard Yard, in Curtis Bay, Maryland and was recommissioned 11 January 1993.

While in service, Vigorous has been awarded the Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation, United States Secretary of Transportation’s Gold Medal for Outstanding Achievement, 4 Coast Guard Unit Commendations, 6 Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations, a Meritorious Team Commendation, the Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation, 14 Coast Guard "E" Ribbons, 3 National Defense Service Medals, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 2 Humanitarian Service Medals, the Department of Transportation 9-11 Ribbon, 2 Coast Guard Special Operations Ribbons and 13 Coast Guard Sea Service Ribbons.

During the 2010 Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, the Vigorous maintained a security zone in Mayaguez harbor. On 11 February 2013 the Vigorous began escorting the disabled cruise ship Carnival Triumph to Mobile, Alabama.

During May 2014, the Vigorous was spearheading the search for the Yacht Cheeki Rafiki one thousand miles east of Cape Cod, which went missing on a delivery voyage from Antigua to Southampton. The upturned hull of the capsized Cheeki Rafiki was found on the evening of 23 May with the keel broken off. All four sailors on board were presumed lost at sea. [1]

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