Coast Guards Newest Cutter to Visit Miami Thursday

MIAMI (CG Public Affairs)- The Coast Guard’s newest cutter, the 418-foot National Security Cutter Bertholf, will make Miami its first port call Thursday.

The Bertholf is the lead ship in the new Legend class of cutters designed to be the flagship of the modern Coast Guard fleet. Bertholf will improve operational readiness and enable the Coast Guard to fulfill its multi-mission roles more effectively through better sea keeping, higher sustained transit speeds, greater endurance and range, and a greater ability to launch and recover improved small boats, helicopters, and eventually unmanned aerial vehicles – all key attributes in enabling the Coast Guard to implement increased security responsibilities.

The cutter is named after the Coast Guard’s first commandant, Commadore Ellsworth Price Bertholf. Bertholf was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal after he led a trip via dogsled more than 1,600 miles in order to transport food to whalers trapped at Point Barrow, Alaska, in October 1897. Bertholf also oversaw the successful merge of the Revenue Cutter Service with the U.S. Life Saving Service into the Coast Guard. Like Bertholf himself, the cutter Bertholf will operate under the motto inscribed in its coat of arms, “Legends Begin Here”.

A traditional champagne christening by the ship’s sponsor, Meryl Chertoff, wife of Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, took place in Pascagoula, Miss., Nov. 11, 2006. A formal commissioning ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Bertholf’s homeport of Alameda, Calif., Aug. 4.

No public tours are being offered at this time. Additionally, mariners are required to keep a 100-yard distance from the ship at all times.

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