USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719)
|Name:||USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719)|
|Namesake:||George S. Boutwell|
|Launched:||17 June 1967|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Douglas Dillon|
|Decommissioned:||March 16, 2016|
|Homeport:||San Diego, California|
|Motto:||"Best in the West"|
|Fate:||Decommissioned March 16, 2016 transferred to the Philippine Navy|
|Class and type:||Hamilton Class|
|Type:||High Endurance Cutter|
|Length:||378 ft (115.21 m)|
|Beam:||43 ft (13.11 m)|
|Draught:||15 ft (4.57 m)|
|Speed:||29 knots (54 km/h)|
|Boats & landing
AN/SPS-40 air-search radarAN/SPS-73 surface-search radar
WLR-1H Electronic Support2x Mk-36 SRBOC
|Armament:||Otobreda 76 mm, Phalanx CIWS, 2x Mark 38 25mm "Bushmaster"|
|Aircraft carried:||1x HH-65 Dolphin|
|Aviation facilities:||Retractable Helo Hangar|
USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719) was a United States Coast Guard high endurance cutter based out of San Diego, California. Named for George S. Boutwell, United States Secretary of the Treasury under President Ulysses S. Grant. Boutwell engages in many CG missions, including Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Maritime Security, and National Defense.
The Boutwell was formally decommissioned in March 16, 2016 at Naval Base San Diego, California. She was then sold to the Philippines as Excess Defense Article (EDA) and rechristened the BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17), becoming  the third Hamilton-class cutter to be transferred to the Philippine Navy.
USCGC Boutwell is the fifth of the Coast Guard’s fleet of 378 foot High Endurance Cutters. She was built in 1967 in the Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans, LA. She was launched on 17 June 1967, and her launching sponsor was Mrs. Douglas Dillon. After she was commissioned in 1968, she sailed to her first homeport, Boston. In 1973 Boutwell moved to Seattle, where she remained until she underwent the Fleet Renovation and Modernization Program in 1990. Once the renovation was complete she moved to Coast Guard Island in Alameda, CA. In 2011 she relocated to San Diego, CA to replace the decommissioned USCGC Hamilton.
Boutwell’s successful missions have earned her fame and respect in the Coast Guard Community. Boutwell’s successes include many historic records. In 1980 Boutwell conducted the largest at-sea rescue ever conducted, when she rescued more than 500 people from the burning cruise ship Prisendam, in the Gulf of Alaska. In 1998, Boutwell had the largest high-seas drift net bust in Coast Guard history.
In 2003, Boutwell participated in the Iraqi conflict. Boutwell valiantly defended the oil terminals off the coast of Iraq and Iran. For her many accomplishments and continued excellence, Boutwell received the Admiral John B. Hayes Award for Unit Excellence. In 2005, Boutwell seized over 900 million dollars in cocaine (28,000 lbs). In doing this, Boutwell was exercising the newly developed Go-Fast Response Team. With the help of the new HITRON helicopter, Boutwell could stop and seize drugs from every Go-Fast it pursued.
Boutwell was recognized as the 2013 Forrest O. Rednour Memorial Award Large Afloat Dining Facility and as the second-place winner for the 2014 Large Unit Afloat MWR Program of the Year. In October 2014, Boutwell completed a noteworthy counterdrug deployment in support of the U.S. Coast Guard's Western Hemisphere Strategy; this deployment was cited by U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Paul Zukunft as an example of how better integration of operations and intelligence can impact smuggling in the Western Hemisphere.
Boutwell was decommissioned in early 2016 and was sold to the Philippines as Excess Defense Article (EDA) after U.S. President Barack Obama announced that a High Endurance Cutter and the R/V Melville will be made available to the Philippines during the APEC 2015 summit in Manila The Boutwell will be the third Hamilton-class cutter to be transferred to the Philippine Navy. Boutwell's decommissioning ceremony with the US Coast Guard took place on March 16, 2016 at Naval Base San Diego, California.
|1968 - 1970||Robert A. Schulz, CAPT|
|1970 - 1972||Roy K. Angell, CAPT|
|1972 - 1973||Frederick J. Lessing, CAPT|
|1973 - 1974||Robert J. Hanson, CAPT|
|1974 - 1976||John C. Guthrie, Jr., CAPT|
|1976 - 1978||Richard T. Brower, CAPT|
|1978 - 1980||John P. Flaherty, CAPT|
|1980 - 1982||Leroy G. Krumm, CAPT|
|1982 - 1983||Peter A. Joseph, CAPT|
|1983 - 1985||John C. Trainor, CAPT|
|1985 - 1987||Leo N. Schowengerdt, CAPT|
|1987 - 1989||Cecil W. Allison, CAPT|
|1990 - 1991||Stanley Winslow, CAPT|
|1991 - 1993||Donald R. Grosse, CAPT|
|1993 - 1994||James J. Shaw, CAPT|
|1994 - 1996||Terry W. Newell, CAPT|
|1996 - 1998||Kenneth A. Ward, CAPT|
|1998 - 2000||Herbert H. "Chip" Sharpe, CAPT|
|2000 - 2002||Beverly G. Kelley, CAPT|
|2002 - 2004||Scott D. Genovese, CAPT|
|2004 - 2006||Lance L. Bardo, CAPT|
|2006 - 2008||Peter J. Brown, RDML|
|2008 - 2010||Kevin J. Cavanaugh, CAPT|
|2010 - 2011||Thomas E. Crabbs, CAPT|
|2011 - 2012||Matthew J. Gimple, CAPT|
|2012 - 2014||Jim L. Munro, CAPT|
|2014 - 2016||Edward A. Westfall, CAPT|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719).|
- Aben, Elena (13 March 2016). "USCG cedes cutter to PHL Navy". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
- "USCG: CGC Boutwell - Meet the CO".
- Jordan, Bryant (10 October 2015). "After Decades of Service, USCGC Boutwell Makes Final Fleet Week Cruise". Military.com. San Francisco: Military Advantage. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
- Mangosing, Frances (17 February 2015). "Obama says PH Navy will receive two ships from US". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
- uscg.mil. "Boutwell home page". uscg.mil. Retrieved 2014-04-25.
- uscg.mil. "ALCOAST 186/14". uscg.mil. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
- uscg.mil. "ALCGPSC 161/14". uscg.mil. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
- uscg.mil. "Coast Guard, Western Hemisphere partners seize $423M in cocaine during multiple drug busts". uscg.mil. Retrieved 2015-02-08.
- usni.org. "Commandant Zukunft: U.S. Coast Guard Moving More Resources to Western Hemisphere". usni.org. Retrieved 2015-02-08.