USCGC Munro (WMSL-755)

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USCGC Munro (WMSL-755)
USCGC Munro leaving San Diego.jpg
History
United States
NameMunro
NamesakeDouglas A. Munro
AwardedApril 30, 2013
BuilderHuntington Ingalls Industries, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Cost$487.1 million
Laid downNovember 5, 2014
LaunchedSeptember 12, 2015
Sponsored byJulie Sheehan
ChristenedNovember 14, 2015
AcquiredDecember 16, 2016
CommissionedApril 1, 2017
Identification
Motto"Gallantry in Action"
StatusIn service
BadgeUSCGC Munro seal.jpg
General characteristics
Class and typeLegend-class cutter
Displacement4500 LT
Length418 ft (127 m)
Beam54 ft (16 m)
Height140 ft (43 m)
Draft22.5 ft (6.9 m)
Decks4
PropulsionCombined diesel and gas
Speed28+ knots
Range12,000 nm
Endurance60 days
Complement111 (15 Officers, 15 CPO, 81 Enlisted) and can carry up to 148 depending on mission[1]
Sensors and
processing systems
  • EADS 3D TRS-16 AN/SPS-75 Air Search Radar
  • SPQ-9B Fire Control Radar
  • AN/SPS-79 Surface Search Radar
  • AN/SLQ-32
Electronic warfare
& decoys
  • AN/SLQ-32 Electronic Warfare System
  • 2 SRBOC/ 2 x NULKA countermeasures chaff/rapid decoy launcher
Armament
ArmorBallistic protection for main gun
Aircraft carried2 x MH-65C Dolphin MCH, or 4 x VUAV or 1 x MH-65C Dolphin MCH and 2 x VUAV
Aviation facilities50-by-80-foot (15 m × 24 m) flight deck, hangar for all aircraft

USCGC Munro (WMSL-755) is the sixth Legend-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard. Munro is the second cutter named for Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro (1919–1942), the only Coast Guardsman to be awarded the Medal of Honor. The US Navy destroyer escort USS Douglas A. Munro (DE-422) was also named for Munro.

History[edit]

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro crew interdicts suspected drug smuggling vessel, June 18, 2019

Huntington Ingalls Industries subsidiary Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, was awarded the $487.1 million construction contract on April 30, 2013.[2] Construction officially began on October 7, 2013 with a ceremony marking the cutting of the first 100 tons of steel.[3] Munro was launched at Pascagoula on September 12, 2015 and christened there on November 14, 2015.[4][5]

On June 18, 2019, the crew participated in capturing a narco-submarine carrying 17,000 pounds of cocaine. The total amount of drugs seized was valued at $232 million USD, representing one of the largest drug seizures to date.[6] Video of the incident was later made available on both news and military websites. The video shows the Coast Guard ordering the submarine to stop, followed by Coast Guard personnel jumping aboard the still moving submarine and forcing the hatch open, leading to the surrender of the submarine's crew.[6][7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Security Cutter: Program Profile". USCG.mil. US Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 13 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Acquisition Update: Contract Awarded for Production of Sixth National Security Cutter" (PDF). US Coast Guard. 2013-04-30. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  3. ^ "Coast Guard Marks Production Milestones: NSC 4 Electronics Light-Off Achieved and NSC 6 Fabrication Begins" (PDF). US Coast Guard Acquisition. 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2018-08-26.
  4. ^ "Acquisition Update: Sixth National Security Cutter Launched" (PDF) (Press release). United States Coast Guard Deputy Commandant for Mission Support. 15 September 2015. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  5. ^ "Munro Christening". Operation Inherent Resolve. United States Department of Defense. 14 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  6. ^ a b Gstalter, Morgan (12 July 2019). "Coast Guard releases video of $232 million cocaine bust on moving submarine". The Hill. Washington, D.C. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  7. ^ "Intense video shows Coast Guard capturing mini sub suspected of drug smuggling". The Sacramento Bee. Sacramento, California. 11 July 2019. Retrieved 19 November 2021.

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