USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)

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USCGC Sherman WHEC-720 Vietnam War.jpg
USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720) in 1969
Career (United States)
Name: USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
Namesake: John Sherman
Builder: Avondale Shipyards
Laid down: 25 January 1967
Launched: 23 September 1967
Commissioned: 3 September 1968
Recommissioned: July 1989
Decommissioned: May 1986
Homeport: San Diego, California
Motto: “Honorable and Faithful”
Honors and
Golden Eagle award by White House Drug Czar
Status: Active in service as of 2011
Notes: In July 2001, Sherman became the first Coast Guard cutter to circumnavigate the world.

USCGC Sherman shield.jpg

Crest of the USCGC Sherman
General characteristics
Displacement: 3,250 tons
Length: 378 ft (115 m)
Beam: 43 ft (13 m)
Draught: 15 ft (4.6 m)
Propulsion: Two diesel engines and two gas turbine engines
Speed: 29 knots
Range: 14,000 miles
Endurance: 45 days
Complement: 167 personnel
Sensors and
processing systems:
AN/SPS-40 air-search radar
Armament: Otobreda 76 mm, Phalanx CIWS

USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720) is a U. S. Coast Guard high endurance cutter based out of San Diego, CA.

Sherman was laid down January 25, 1967 at Avondale Shipyards near New Orleans, Louisiana and launched September 3, 1968. She was named for John Sherman, the 32nd United States Secretary of the Treasury and author of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

Sherman was involved in search and rescue efforts following the sinking of F/V Big Valley near Saint Paul Island, Alaska, on January 15, 2005.[1]

On March 17, 2007 Sherman stopped the Panamanian motor vessel Gatun about 20 miles off a Panamanian island. Gatun was loaded with 20 tons of cocaine with an estimated retail street value of $600 million. The seizure was the largest drug bust in US history and the largest interdiction at sea.[2]

USCGC Sherman in 2006.


In October 1960, as part of Operation Deep Freeze, she departed Boston, passed through the Panama Canal, crossed the Pacific, visited New Zealand and McMurdo sound. Leaving Antarctica, she traveled the Indian Ocean, came through the Suez Canal, crossed the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean to return home in May 1961. This tour made the Eastwind the first cutter ever to circumnavigate the globe

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