USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751)

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USCGC Waesche by Yerba Buena Island.jpg
Waesche arriving in San Francisco Bay, February 28, 2010
United States
Namesake: Russell R. Waesche
Ordered: January 2001
Builder: Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Mississippi
Laid down: September 11, 2006
Launched: July 12, 2008
Sponsored by: Marilla Waesche Pivonka
Commissioned: May 7, 2010
Motto: "Strength Endurance Service"
Status: In service
USCGC Waesche emblem.jpg
General characteristics
Displacement: 4,306 long tons (4,375 t)
Length: 418 ft (127 m)
Beam: 54 ft (16 m)
Draft: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Propulsion: Combined diesel and gas
Speed: 28+ knots
Range: 12,000 nm
Endurance: 60 days
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • EADS 3D TRS-16 AN/SPS-75 Air Search Radar
  • SPQ-9B Fire Control Radar
  • AN/SPS-73 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
Armor: Ballistic protection for main gun
Aircraft carried: 2 x MH-65C Dolphin MCH, or 4 x VUAV or 1 x MH-65C Dolphin MCH and 2 x VUAV
Aviation facilities: 50-by-80-foot (15 m × 24 m) flight deck, hangar for all aircraft

USCGC Waesche (WMSL-751) is the second Legend-class cutter of the United States Coast Guard.


Waesche is named for Coast Guard Admiral Russell R. Waesche (1886–1946). Waesche graduated from the United States Revenue Cutter Service School of Instruction in 1906, was commissioned an ensign, and then served with distinction in a succession of diverse and increasingly responsible Coast Guard assignments at sea and ashore.[1] He served as Commandant of the Coast Guard from 1936 to 1945 during a tumultuous and eventful period in the life of the service, and was the first Coast Guardsman to achieve the rank of admiral.[2]


Construction began in 2006 by Northrop Grumman's Ship System Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

On November 6, 2009 the Coast Guard took delivery of the Waesche.[3] She arrived at her homeport at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, California on February 28, 2010 [4] and was commissioned on May 7, 2010.[5] In 2012 Waesche became the 2nd U.S. surface combatant and the first Coast Guard cutter to use the Phalanx CIWS to defeat an unmanned aerial vehicle with a low, slow flying aircraft profile.[6]

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  1. ^ "USCG: Acquisition Directorate (CG-9)". Archived from the original on 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2011-11-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  2. ^ "Russell R. Waesche, Sr., USCG". Archived from the original on 2011-06-09. Retrieved 2011-11-25. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "Coast Guard takes delivery of cutter Waesche". Navy Times. 2009-11-08. Retrieved 2009-11-08.
  4. ^ USCG Celebration! - Coast Guard's newest cutter arrives this weekend to new homeport, here in San Francisco Bay - Welcome USCGC Waesche! Archived 2010-03-05 at the Wayback Machine, Sam Spade's San Francisco, February 27, 2010
  5. ^ She is currently home ported at Alameda, California. USCGC Waesche (WMSL 751) May 2010 Commissioning Ceremony Archived 2010-03-06 at the Wayback Machine - Navy League of the United States. Retrieved 2010-02-28.
  6. ^ "On patrol with Waesche: Firepower". US Coast Guard. Archived from the original on 15 February 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)

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