Coast Guard newest National Security Cutter makes a Baltimore port call; open for public tours

Crew members aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Maryland, provide support as the Coast Guard cutter James pulls into port at Fells Point in Baltimore Aug. 18, 2015. James is the Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter commissioned in Boston Aug. 8, 2015. (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin)

Crew members aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Maryland, provide support as the Coast Guard Cutter James pulls into port at Fells Point in Baltimore Aug. 18, 2015.  (Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David R. Marin)

BALTIMORE — Fresh from commissioning festivities in Boston, Coast Guard’s newest National Security Cutter, Coast Guard Cutter James, made its first port call to Baltimore, Tuesday.

Starting Wednesday until Thursday, the cutter will be open for free public tours at the following times and location in West Broadway Pier in Fells Point:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m.; 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Thursday, Aug. 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(GPS unit: 920 S Broadway, Baltimore, Md. 21231)

Cutter James was recently commissioned for operational service at Boston Aug. 8 and is making way to its inaugural homeport in Charleston scheduled to arrive Aug. 28.

Its namesake links the next generation of men and women serving aboard to the renowned lifesavers of the past, most notably of Capt. Joshua James, a native of Hull, Massachusetts, who is credited with saving more than 600 lives during his time with the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which merged with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to create the modern U.S. Coast Guard

The James is the fifth of eight NSC’s – the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutters in the Coast Guard’s fleet. The cutters’ design provides better sea-keeping, higher sustained transit speeds, greater endurance and range, and the ability to launch and recover small boats from astern, as well as aviation support facilities and a flight deck for helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.

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