Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf conducts successful missile decoy testing

PACIFIC OCEAN – The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, homeported in Alameda, Calif., conducted a structural test fire of its Decoy Launching System at the Pacific Missile Range SoCal OPAREA here June 9, 2009.

The crew of the 418-foot cutter, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dalhgren Division and the Navy Research lab successfully launched two MK-234 NULKA rounds that hover in air while attracting incoming anti-ship missiles. The successful completion of the missile test fire was the first phase of their two-month national defense patrol.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf conducts a test launch of a MK-234 NULKA round June 9, 2009. The Bertholf is the Coast Guard's newest and most advanced large cutter. Photo Courtesy of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.

The Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf conducts a test launch of a MK-234 NULKA round June 9, 2009. Photo Courtesy of Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division.

Bertholf is currently on its first operational patrol since its commissioning on Aug 4. 2008, and leads the eight-ship Legend class.

Designed to be the flagships of the U.S. Coast Guard’s modern fleet, the National Security Cutters are capable of executing the most challenging Coast Guard missions.

Bertholf was christened on Veteran’s Day, 2006, and is named after Commodore Ellsworth P. Bertholf, the first commandant of today’s Coast Guard. Bertholf’s sister ships, the Waesche and the Stratton, are under construction in Pascagoula, Miss. Long lead time materials for the fourth National Security Cutter, the Hamilton, have been ordered.

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  1. CWO Bob Schweikert, USCG, (Ret.) says:

    Does this mean CG Cutters will no longer be designated “Missile Sponges” when underway with Navy Taskforces?