Video – Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the Coast Guard’s first Legend-class cutter, returned to their homeport in Alameda today, after a successful eight-week underway period.

The crew conducted trials of the ship’s weapons system, full power trials of the propulsion system, and performed the first fueling at sea and towing exercises ever done onboard a Legend-class cutter.

The Combat System Ship Qualification Trials (CSSQT) tested the ship’s weapon systems’ ability to engage surface and aerial targets, as well as delivering warning shots and disabling fire on target vessels. This is an important step for Bertholf to be fully ready for the Coast Guard’s many missions and long term deployments overseas. During the testing, Bertholf’s crew worked with a Coast Guard testing team based in Port Hueneme and Navy testing contractors to put the ship’s 57mm gun, Close-In Weapon System (CIWS), and associated electronic and communication systems to the test.

The Bertholf is shown here with the U.S.S. Kaiser.

For more information on the NSC, visit the National Security Cutter website.

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