Coast Guard Cutter Smilax crowned Queen of the Fleet

Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Patrick KelleyFORT MACON, N.C. – The Coast Guard Cutter Smilax was officially named the Queen of the Fleet during a ceremony held here Thursday. Commissioned Nov. 1, 1944, the title was bestowed upon the Smilax for being the oldest cutter in use by the service. “Throughout the service we change the watch,” said Adm. Robert J. Papp, commandant of the Coast Guard....

Coast Guard Cutter Smilax Becomes Queen of the Fleet

Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer Patrick Kelley Washington, DC – Last night Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and Gold Ancient Mariner sent the following all hands message to the members of the Coast Guard.   Today, at a ceremony in Atlantic Beach, NC, The Cutter Smilax relieved the watch as queen of the fleet.  Commissioned on 01 NOV 1944, Smilax is now the oldest...

Coast Guard Decommissions its Oldest Ship

KETCHIKAN, Alaska – The 67-year-old Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet was decommissioned during a ceremony Friday, March 11, 2011 at Base Support Unit Ketchikan. The Acushnet was originally commissioned as a Diver Class Fleet Rescue and Salvage Vessel, USS SHACKLE (ARS 9) for the U.S. Navy Feb. 5, 1944. As the oldest ship in the service, the Acushnet was crowned “Queen of the Fleet” after...

Coast Guard’s Queen of the Fleet shifts, Acushnet being decommissioned

Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet USCG File PhotoJUNEAU, Alaska – The 67-year-old Cutter Acushnet, the Coast Guard’s “Queen of the Fleet”, will be decommissioned during a ceremony at Base Support Unit Ketchikan Friday at 2 p.m. The Acushnet served as a medium-endurance cutter in the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, and Arctic Ocean. Primary missions included search and...

Coast Guard conducts safety exams in King Cove and Sand Point

USCG FilePhoto KODIAK, Alaska – Coast Guardsmen from the Ketchikan-based Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet, members of Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak and National Marine Fisheries Service agents conducted voluntary dockside commercial fishing vessel safety exams in King Cove and Sand Point Jan. 19 and 20. The examiners conducted five exams to verify the operators were in compliance with applicable safety...

Coast Guard’s oldest cutter arrives in Juneau – open for tours

JUNEAU, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet, the services oldest cutter in the fleet and its crew are scheduled to arrived in Juneau around 10 a.m. Friday for a port visit this weekend before returning to their homeport of Ketchikan.

Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet terminates commercial fishing vessel for safety violations

KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet terminated the voyage of the 77-foot commercial fishing vessel Topazfor a safety violation during a boarding 14 miles southeast of Cape Chiniak Thursday.