USCGC Forward (WMEC-911)

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USCGC Forward (WMEC-911)
USCGC Forward (WMEC-911)
USCGC Forward (WMEC-911) in 1992.
 United States
Name: USCGC Forward
Namesake: Walter Forward
Builder: Robert Derecktor Shipyard Incorporated, Rhode Island, U.S.
Acquired: 4 August 1990
Commissioned: 1990
Homeport: Portsmouth, Virginia
Motto: Ever the Sentinel
Fate: Active
Badge: USCGC Forward (WMEC-911) Crest.
General characteristics
Class and type: Famous-class cutter
Displacement: 1,800 long tons (1,829 t)
Length: 270 ft (82 m)
Beam: 38 ft (12 m)
Draft: 14.5 ft (4.4 m)
Propulsion: Twin turbo-charged ALCO V-18 diesel engines
Speed: 19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph)
Range: 9,900 miles
Boats & landing
craft carried:
  • 1 × Over-the-Horizon (OTH) Interceptor
  • 1 × RHI with twin 90 HP outboard engines
Complement: 100 personnel (14 officers, 86 enlisted)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Aircraft carried:

USCGC Forward (WMEC-911) is a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter. Named for Walter Forward, fifteenth United States Secretary of the Treasury, she was constructed by Robert Derecktor Shipyard Incorporated, Middletown, Rhode Island was delivered in May 1989, and commissioned 4 August 1990. USCGC Forward (WMEC-911) and USCGC Legare (WMEC-912) were commissioned in a joint ceremony in Portsmouth, Virginia.[citation needed]


USCGC Forward at Port-au-Prince, Haiti in January 2010.


On 12 January 2010, USCGC Forward was at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base when the 2010 Haiti earthquake occurred. She was ordered to assist in the humanitarian relief efforts, and was the first American vessel to arrive in Port-au-Prince the following morning.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Coast Guard Sends Cutters, Aircraft to Haiti". Navy Times. 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-01-13. 
  2. ^ Eric Lipton (January 13, 2010). "Devastation, Seen From a Ship". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-01-14. 

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