USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750)
|Namesake:||Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf, USCG|
|Builder:||Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Pascagoula, Mississippi|
|Laid down:||March 29, 2005|
|Launched:||September 29, 2006|
|Christened:||November 11, 2006|
|Commissioned:||August 4, 2008|
|Homeport:||Integrated Support Command Alameda|
|Motto:||"Legends Begin Here"|
|Type:||National Security Cutter|
|Length:||418 feet (127.40 meters)|
|Beam:||54 feet (16.46 meters)|
|Draft:||22.5 feet (6.86 meters)|
|Complement:||113 (14 officers + 99 enlisted) and can carry up to 167 depending on mission|
|Armor:||Ballistic protection for main gun|
|Aircraft carried:||2 x MH-65C Dolphin MCH, or 4 x VUAV or 1 x MH-65C Dolphin MCH and 2 x VUAV|
|Aviation facilities:||50-by-80-foot (15 m × 24 m) flight deck, hangar for all aircraft|
USCGC Bertholf (WMSL-750) is the first Legend-class maritime security cutter of the United States Coast Guard. She is named for Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf, fourth Commandant of both the Revenue Cutter Service and Coast Guard.
In 2005, construction began at Northrop Grumman's Ship Systems Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She was launched on September 29, 2006, christened November 11, 2006, and commissioned on August 4, 2008. The cutter's home port is Alameda, California. Bertholf was the first to fire the Bofors 57 mm gun aboard a U.S. vessel on the 11th of February 2008.
On March 3, 2016, Bertholf responded to a sighting off the Pacific Coast of Panama of a semi-submersible narco-submarine, reported by a P-3 Orion. The semi-submersible surrendered to a boarding party launched from Bertholf, and four suspects were captured along with 6 tons of cocaine. The boarding party then sunk the semi-submersible. During the 2012 RIMPAC exercises Bertholf detected and tracked missile threats and also provided naval gunfire support for troops ashore during the training exercise, and demonstrated the capability of being able to move with other naval forces and being able to do other defense operations.
National Security Cutter
Bertholf is the lead ship of the National Security Cutter design and the first large ship to be built under the Coast Guard's multi-year Deepwater acquisitions project. The NSCs are to replace the fleet's aging 1960s 378-foot Hamilton-class cutters.
- Automated weapon systems
- Medium-caliber deck gun (57 mm) capable of stopping rogue merchant vessels far from shore
- Helicopter launch and recovery pad with rail-based aircraft retrieval system and two aircraft hangars
- Stern boat well for small boat launch and recovery
- Bow thruster
- State-of-the-art C4ISR improving interoperability between Coast Guard and Department of Defense assets
- Detection and defense capabilities against chemical, biological, or radiological attack
- Advanced sensors for intelligence collection and sharing
- Real-time tracking and seamless common operational picture/maritime domain awareness via integration with Rescue 21
- Advanced state-of-the-art Ships Integrated Control System (machinery control, steering, navigation) for reduced manpower requirements and improved automation
- Cassidian (EADS) TRS-3D/16-ES air search radar for area surveillance
- The cutter can have an anti-terrorism/force protection suite that will include underwater sonar that will allow the cutter to scan ports, approaches, facilities and high-value assets for underwater mines and minelike devices and detect swimmers.
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- National security cutter approved for classified operations
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