Public invited to tour Coast Guard Cutter Waesche during Honolulu visit

14th Coast Guard District NewsHONOLULU – One of the Coast Guard’s newest cutters will be making a stop in Honolulu and is scheduled to be open for public tours Saturday.

The ship will be open to the public Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Coast Guard Base Sand Island, 400 Sand Island Access Rd.

The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche is scheduled to arrive in Honolulu Harbor Friday. The Waesche, named for Adm. Russell R. Waesche, is the second of eight planned Legend Class cutters preceding the Coast Guard Cutter Dorothy Stratton and following the Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf.

The 418-foot cutter has a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles and a crew of 110. It’s equipped with a 4,000 square-foot flight deck that has the capability to recover the MH-65 Dolphin and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters, and larger Naval aircraft.

Waesche is also equipped with a Cutter Boat Over the Horizon IV deployed by davit from the side. It also has two Short Range Prosecutor boats deployed and recovered from the stern launch system which increases the ability to launch and recover boats quickly and in heavy seas.

Adm. Russell R. Waesche was the Coast Guard’s longest serving Commandant who presided over the greatest expansion of the service in history. Waesche ensured the integration of the U.S. Lighthouse Service into the Coast Guard and is also credited with the organization of the Coast Guard Reserve. He graduated from the Revenue Cutter School of Instruction and was commissioned as an Ensign in 1906. Waesche retired from active duty Coast Guard service and passed away shortly thereafter in 1946. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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