USCGC Assateague (WPB-1337)
|Name:||USCGC Assateague (WPB-1337)|
|Namesake:||Assateague Island, Maryland & Virginia|
|Launched:||10 November 1989|
|Commissioned:||15 June 1990|
|Homeport:||Apra Harbor, Guam|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Island class patrol cutter (WPB)|
|Length:||110 ft (34 m)|
|Beam:||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Speed:||28 knots (52 km/h; 32 mph)|
USCGC Assateague (WPB-1337) is an Island-class United States Coast Guard Cutter of the United States Coast Guard. Assateague was constructed at Bollinger Machine Shop and Shipyard in Lockport, Louisiana, and commissioned on 15 June 1990.
Currently operating in the Coast Guard 14th District, the cutter reports to Sector Guam. Assateague supports multi-mission operations throughout Sector Guam’s vast area of responsibility, which includes the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zones surrounding Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and an international SAR area that includes the Republic of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, conducting search and rescue response missions, and ports, waterways and coastal security operations.
The Island-class patrol boats were constructed in Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, Louisiana. Assateague has an overall length of 110 feet (34 m). It had a beam of 21 feet (6.4 m) and a draft of 7 feet (2.1 m) at the time of construction. The patrol boat has a displacement of 154 tonnes (152 long tons; 170 short tons) at full load and 137 tonnes (135 long tons; 151 short tons) at half load. It is powered two Paxman Valenta 16 CM diesel engines or two Caterpillar 3516 diesel engines. It has two 99 kilowatts (135 PS; 133 shp) 3304T diesel generators made by Caterpillar; these can serve as motor–generators. Its hull is constructed from highly strong steel, and the superstructure and major deck are constructed from aluminium.
The Island-class patrol boats have maximum sustained speeds of 29.5 knots (54.6 km/h; 33.9 mph). It is fitted with one 25 millimetres (0.98 in) machine gun and two 7.62 millimetres (0.300 in) M60 light machine guns; it may also be fitted with two Browning .50 Caliber Machine Guns. It is fitted with satellite navigation systems, collision avoidance systems, surface radar, and a Loran C system. It has a range of 3,330 miles (2,890 nmi; 5,360 km) and an endurance of five days. Its complement is sixteen (two officers and fourteen crew members). Island-class patrol boats are based on Vosper Thornycroft 33 metres (108 ft) patrol boats and have similar dimensions. Coast Guard Cutter Assateague was decommissioned September 23rd 2017.