USCGC Alex Haley
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|Laid down:||28 March 1967|
|Launched:||15 May 1968|
|Commissioned:||23 March 1971|
|Decommissioned:||29 March 1996|
|Struck:||29 December 1997|
|Fate:||Transferred to USCG|
|Acquired:||10 July 1999|
|Identification:||Hull number: WMEC-39|
|Motto:||Find the good and praise it.|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Edenton-class salvage and rescue ship|
|Length:||283 ft (86 m)|
|Beam:||59 ft (18 m)|
|Draft:||17 ft (5.2 m), 18 ft (5.5 m)max|
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
USCGC Alex Haley (WMEC-39) is a United States Coast Guard cutter and former United States Navy vessel that was recommissioned for Coast Guard duty on 10 July 1999. It was first entered service as USS Edenton (ATS-1), an Edenton-class salvage and rescue ship on 23 January 1971. In 1995, Edenton won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet.
The conversion from a salvage ship to a Coast Guard cutter involved the removal of the stern towing machine, forward crane, and A-frame, and the installation of a flight deck, retractable hangar, and air-search radar. Additionally, her four aging Paxman diesel engines were replaced with four 16-cylinder Caterpillar diesels.
The cutter was named after author and journalist Alex Haley, the first chief journalist of the Coast Guard, the first African-American to reach the rank of chief petty officer, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Haley served in the Coast Guard for 20 years.
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