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USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715), lead ship of the Hamilton class
|In commission:||1965 – present|
|Active:||12 (5 United States, 2 Bangladesh, 2 Nigeria, 3 Philippines)|
|Type:||High endurance cutter|
|Displacement:||3,250 metric tons|
|Length:||378 ft (115 m)|
|Beam:||43 ft (13 m)|
|Draft:||15 ft (4.6 m)|
|Speed:||29 kn (54 km/h; 33 mph)|
|Range:||14,000 nmi (26,000 km; 16,000 mi)|
|Aircraft carried:||HH-60 J Hawk, HH-65 Dolphin go ship to ship as needed|
The Hamilton-class cutter was the largest class of vessel in the United States Coast Guard until replaced by the National Security Cutter, aside from the Polar-class icebreakers. The hull classification symbol is prefixed WHEC. The cutters are called the Hamilton class after their lead ship, or "Secretary class" because most of the vessels in the class were named for former Secretaries of the Treasury (with the exception of "Hero-class cutters" Jarvis, Munro and Midgett,). They are powered by a Combined Diesel or Gas (CODOG) system consisting of two diesel engines and two gas turbines, and have controllable-pitch propellers. Equipped with a helicopter flight deck, retractable hangar, and the facilities to support helicopter deployment, these 12 cutters were introduced to the Coast Guard inventory in the 1960s. Beginning in the 1980s and ending in 1992, the entire class was modernized through the Fleet Rehabilitation and Modernization (FRAM) program. The program included the replacement of the original Mk30 Mod0 5 in (127 mm)/38 caliber gun with a much more modern 76 mm (3 in)/62 caliber weapon. The refit also included the installation of a Phalanx CIWS 20 mm gun mount, and a retractable hangar bay. The primary mission of these vessels is enforcement of laws and treaties and search and rescue (SAR) on the high seas, including the U.S. exclusive economic zone.
Hamilton-class high endurance cutters by homeport
- USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719) Decommissioned March 16, 2016 and transferred to the Philippine Navy 21 July 2016 as BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17)
- USCGC Chase (WHEC-718) Decommissioned 29 March 2011, transferred to Nigerian Navy 13 May 2011 as the NNS Thunder (F90)
- USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715) Decommissioned March 28 2011, transferred to the Philippine Navy 13 May 2011 as BRP Gregorio del Pilar (FF-15)
- USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725) Decommissioned 2 October 2012, transferred to the Bangladesh Navy on 23 May 2013 as BNS Somudra Joy
- USCGC Rush (WHEC-723) Decommissioned 3 February 2015, transferred to the Bangladesh Navy on 6 May 2015 as BNS Somudra Avijan
- USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722)
- USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
- USCGC Dallas (WHEC-716) Decommissioned 30 March 2012, transferred to the Philippine Navy 22 May 2012 as BRP Ramon Alcaraz (FF-16)
- USCGC Gallatin (WHEC-721) Decommissioned 31 March 2014, transferred to Nigerian Navy 7 May 2014 as NNS Okpabana (F93)
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