USCGC Rush (WHEC-723)
USCGC Rush (WHEC-723)
|Launched:||16 November 1968|
|Motto:||"Kia'i Kai No Ka Oi"|
|Fate:||Transferred to the Bangladesh Navy|
|Length:||378 ft (115 m)|
|Beam:||43 ft (13 m)|
|Draft:||15 ft (4.6 m)|
|Boats & landing |
|2 Over-the-Horizon type|
|Sensors and |
|AN/SPS-40 air-search radar|
|Armament:||Otobreda 76 mm, Phalanx CIWS|
USCGC Rush (WHEC-723) was a United States Coast Guard high endurance Hamilton-class cutter that before being decommissioned was based out of USCG Base Sand Island, Honolulu, Hawaii, and performed regular patrols of Alaskan waters and the Bering Sea. The Rush has the distinction of having ridden out "the most powerful storm, at least in terms of depth of pressure, to affect Alaska in modern history [of] October,1974." Under command of Captain Norman Fernald the Rush sustained damage to her sonar dome and superstructure, but completed her patrol.
As all Hamilton-class cutters, the Rush was constructed at Avondale Shipyard near New Orleans, Louisiana and launched November 16, 1968, she was the fifth Coast Guard Cutter to be named after Secretary of the Treasury Richard Rush, the nation's eighth Secretary of Treasury.
On February 3, 2015, the United States Coast Guard officially decommissioned the Rush with a ceremony held in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The Rush is the Bangladesh Navy's second Hamilton-class cutter acquisition. The Bangladesh Navy's first Hamilton-class cutter acquired was the USCGC Jarvis (WHEC-725) given to Bangladesh in 2013. The Jarvis is now named the BNS Somudra Joy (F-28). The Bangladesh Navy designates these former Hamilton-class cutters as a "patrol frigate."
USCGC Rush has earned numerous awards in her storied history. Many of the Ship's awards were earned for heroic participation in the Vietnam War, as part of Operation Market Time. Awards listed were current to May 2014.
- "USCG Transfers Cutter Rush Over To Bangladesh Navy". VesselFinder. 8 May 2015. Retrieved 25 June 2017.
- Medals and Awards Manual, p. 2-5 to 19-1
United States Coast Guard. (2008). Medals and Awards Manual: COMDTINST M1650.25D. Washington, DC, U.S. Government Printing Office.
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