U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche Official Page for the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter WAESCHE (WMSL 751), homeported at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California. Welcome to U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche's web site.

Homeported at Coast Guard Island in Alameda, California, Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, the second of eight planned National Security Cutters, is 418 feet long with a top speed of 28 knots and a range of 12,000 nautical miles. She is equipped with a flight deck and hangars capable of housing two multi-mission helicopters, and outfitted with the most advanced command, control, and communications equipment.

Operating as usual

07/02/2021
07/02/2021

Please join us tomorrow, Friday July 2nd, at 10:00 AM Pacific for a Facebook Live Stream of GMC Mitchell Hammac’s Retirement Ceremony! We will go live just prior to the start of the ceremony.

05/11/2021

Retirement Ceremony for CSCS Jami Wheeler

05/10/2021

Please join us tomorrow, Tuesday May 11th, at 10:00 A.M. for a Facebook live stream of CSCS Jami Wheeler’s Retirement! We will go live just prior to the start of the ceremony!

On April 29th 2021, USCGC Waesche held an advancement ceremony to Chief Petty Officer for OSC Stefan Overton. OSC arrive...
05/06/2021

On April 29th 2021, USCGC Waesche held an advancement ceremony to Chief Petty Officer for OSC Stefan Overton. OSC arrived as OS1 Overton on Waesche in the Summer of 2018 and has been an integral member of the Combat Information Center, where he was the Tactical Operations Lead Petty Officer. He was known throughout the crew for his positive attitude and willingness to help his shipmates succeed, especially when it came time for the servicewide.


Chief Overton is leaving the Waesche this summer and transferring to the USCGC Mohawk in Key West, Florida. Congratulations Chief Overton, the Chief’s mess and entire crew will be lucky to have you!

USCGC Waesche would like to congratulate our very own ENS Davis on graduating U. S. Coast Guard Leadership Development C...
05/05/2021

USCGC Waesche would like to congratulate our very own ENS Davis on graduating U. S. Coast Guard Leadership Development Center Officer Candidate School! ENS Davis served on Waesche as an OS1 and was the Lead Petty Officer for the Electronic Warfare Division. She will be missed by the entire crew and we wish her luck at U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Francisco, CA where she will be a Command Duty Officer, although we think she would make an amazing WMSL Deck Watch Officer. Bravo Zulu for a job well done!

Over the past several weeks, we have had the honor of promoting and advancing several members of the Waesche Crew! On Ma...
04/14/2021

Over the past several weeks, we have had the honor of promoting and advancing several members of the Waesche Crew!

On March 23rd, BM1 Michael McHugh was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. BMC McHugh will be leaving the WAESCHE this summer and transferring to a Fast Response Cutter in Los Angeles, California. Bravo Zulu and Congratulations Chief McHugh!

On March 30th, our Assistant Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Kevin Yen, was promoted to Lieutenant Commander. LCDR Yen will be leaving the WAESCHE this summer to become the Engineering Officer for the USCGC Polar Star in Seattle, Washington. Bravo Zulu and congratulations LCDR Yen, we hope that the penguins in Antarctica will keep you company!

Please help congratulate these amazing shipmates on a job well done. We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for them!

Tune In to the U.S. Coast Guard page at 10 a.m. to view the State of the Coast Guard Address!
03/11/2021

Tune In to the U.S. Coast Guard page at 10 a.m. to view the State of the Coast Guard Address!

#TuneIn State of the Coast Guard address starts at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST This year's theme is #StrongerTogether

The address will stream live here on our page.

While most of the crew was closing out a busy work week, our very own ME1 Jason Cody was closing out a distinguished 20 ...
03/01/2021

While most of the crew was closing out a busy work week, our very own ME1 Jason Cody was closing out a distinguished 20 year career with the USCG!

ME1 Cody is known for his hard work and dedication to not only the Law Enforcement Program, but his shipmates onboard Waesche. He has mentored and trained countless crew members of all rates and ranks, leaving a positive impact on the ship that will last well past his tenure.

Fair winds and following seas, Shipmate!

02/26/2021

Livestream of the retirement ceremony for Maritime Enforcement Specialist 1st Class Jason Cody. Fair winds and following seas.

02/26/2021

Tune in to our page at 1000 Pacific Time for a Live Stream of the Retirement Ceremony for ME1 Jason Cody!

Following up on our post from November, below is an article published by Naval Sea Systems Command. The article was writ...
01/28/2021

Following up on our post from November, below is an article published by Naval Sea Systems Command. The article was written with respect to the repair work that Ship Repair Facility and Japanese Regional Maintenance Center (SRF-JRMC) performed on WAESCHE after our Class “B” shipboard fire.

Once again, the teamwork displayed between ship’s force and SRF-JRMC was SECOND TO NONE!!

https://www.navsea.navy.mil/Media/News/Article/2481219/srf-jrmc-completes-emergent-repairs-to-help-coast-guard-cutter-waesche-return-h/

Timeline Photos
01/25/2021

Timeline Photos

#MotivationMonday U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche crewmembers conducted a group workout on the flight deck of the cutter. #cutterlife

Do something today that your future self will thank you for

Today, we mark the 75th anniversary of Admiral Russell Waesche’s retirement from the United States Coast Guard. Born in ...
01/01/2021

Today, we mark the 75th anniversary of Admiral Russell Waesche’s retirement from the United States Coast Guard. Born in Thurmont, Maryland, Admiral Waesche graduated from the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service School of Instruction and commissioned on October 27, 1906. Admiral Waesche had a remarkable career, aiding in the formation of the Coast Guard that we are all honored to serve in today. As Commandant, Admiral Waeshce integrated the U.S. Light House Service with the Coast Guard, and placed emphasis on maritime safety, ice breaking, and aids to navigation.

He also presided over the greatest expansion of the USCG in its history and made sure the service maintained its identity while it was under the administrative control of the U.S. Navy. Admiral Waesche saw his small peacetime fleet swell with Coast Guardsmen manning more than 750 cutters, 3,500 miscellaneous smaller craft, 290 Navy vessels, and 255 Army vessels. The Coast Guard participated in every major amphibious operation. Furthermore, activities at all Coast Guard air stations were increased as aviators engaged in anti-submarine and convoy es**rt operations and performed numerous search and rescue missions. In 1943, Waesche also secured Congressional support for the coast Guard’s return to the control of the Treasury Department as quickly as possible after the end of the Second World War. In doing this, the service avoided the problems that occurred after the end of the First World War when the Navy attempted to maintain its control of the Coast Guard.

In 2010, USCGC WAESCHE was commissioned and named in honor of the legacy that her namesake left behind.

We thank Admiral Waesche for his service to the nation and the Coast Guard. On this day we can most heartily say that he was “Second to None”.

Last week, we presented a plaque to the Commanding Officer of Ship Repair Force (SRF), Yokosuka, CAPT Sexton, for their ...
12/01/2020

Last week, we presented a plaque to the Commanding Officer of Ship Repair Force (SRF), Yokosuka, CAPT Sexton, for their hard work and support of WAESCHE during our emergency dockside availability in Japan. SRF, thank you for your professionalism, technical expertise, and dedication to getting WAESCHE home. No matter where and no matter when, inter-service partnerships like this one serve as a prime example that we will always have each other’s back!

Yesterday, November 23, WAESCHE held a promotion ceremony for three junior officers! In addition to their new shoulder b...
11/24/2020

Yesterday, November 23, WAESCHE held a promotion ceremony for three junior officers! In addition to their new shoulder boards, they were presented a National Ensign that has flown over WAESCHE to commemorate their time as an Ensign. Here is the explanation of the gift and what was read to our newest Lieutenant Junior Grades:

The name Ensign comes from Scottish, French, and Latin origins meaning “Flag, standard, or pennant”. Junior officers in days of old were given the flags of their regiment to carry, thus earning the name Ensign. For a year and a half, you have led your divisions and carried the standard of WAESCHE. Today, as you are promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade, we the crew of WAESCHE present you with an Ensign. This has flown over the cutter while underway, a symbol of the Constitution you have sworn to uphold and defend. While you will no longer be called an Ensign, you are expected to continue leading onboard the cutter and in the Coast Guard. We hope this will remind you not only of your humble beginnings but hard work and determination to reach this first promotion. Congratulations on your accomplishment! Continue to be Second to None!

Congratulations, LTJG Christopher Butters, LTJG Connor Ellis, and LTJG Garrett Magill!

Last Monday, November 16, WAESCHE had the opportunity to welcome 30 Japan Coast Guard (JCG) members for a tour of our Cu...
11/24/2020

Last Monday, November 16, WAESCHE had the opportunity to welcome 30 Japan Coast Guard (JCG) members for a tour of our Cutter. The tour consisted of multiple stations where JCG members were given mission demonstrations and presentations. Those stations included the flight deck (Landing Signal Officer and Proximity Rescueman), Bridge, MK 110 57mm, Mess Deck, Chief’s Mess and Wardroom, Repair 2 (Fire Fighting Ensemble and Repair Locker presentation) and Fantail (Long Range Interceptor, Over the Horizon, and Surface Rescue Swimmer). It was great to share WAESCHE’s stories, experiences and an overview of our jobs with everyone on the tour. WAESCHE was honored to represent the U.S. Coast Guard in continuing to foster an incredible relationship with JCG.

It’s not often we get to reenlist a service member of a sister service aboard the Waesche. However, today we had the opp...
10/30/2020

It’s not often we get to reenlist a service member of a sister service aboard the Waesche. However, today we had the opportunity to reenlist FC2 Emmanuel Lopez. Emmanuel has been on board Waesche since our departure from Alameda for our Western Pacific patrol. He was a major part of the fire response on board Waesche. His quick thinking and bravery played a key role in keeping the fire contained. As for the Waesche crew we are all honored to call Emmanuel our shipmate and proud to stand side by side with him in the service of our nation. Bravo Zulu “Manny” and congratulations on your reenlistment.

Yesterday the crew took some time in the morning to celebrate Eight Bells. Sunday, October 18th marked the anniversary o...
10/20/2020

Yesterday the crew took some time in the morning to celebrate Eight Bells. Sunday, October 18th marked the anniversary of the promulgation of the Coast Guard Cutterman Insignia program. This year we celebrate more than 230 years of sea-going tradition, currently upheld by over 8,000 active duty personnel aboard our 256 cutters! The crew was split into eight teams and participated in eight different nautical themed events. They took part in tossing heaving lines, knot tying, damage control events, paper boat regatta, Coast Guard trivia, emergency egress, and cake decorating! After all the teams had gone through every event points were tallied and a winner declared! The winning team consisted of, LCDR George C***s, F&S2 Michael Marsh, ET2 Javan Laws, BM3 Cori Oelkers, OS3 Michaela Holt, ITS2 Daniel Kim, and Scan Eagle operator Brandon Scott.

For more information about the Coast Guard Cutterman’s traditions visit: https://allhands.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/10/19/eight-bells-a-tradition-among-cuttermen/

The last shipmate we want to introduce is Electronics Technician Third Class Abraham Zorrilla. ET3 Zorrilla has been on ...
10/15/2020

The last shipmate we want to introduce is Electronics Technician Third Class Abraham Zorrilla. ET3 Zorrilla has been on Waesche for the last two years. Zorrilla was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He joined the Coast Guard for a unique experience and to gain a new perspective. He takes pride in being the first in his family to serve in the military. “I used to have a roommate who said ‘The future is electronic’ and it just stuck with me, that combined with a general interest in electronics led me to become an ET,” said Zorrilla. Underway he has more duties outside of being an Electronics Technician, including helicopter tie down, line handling, an investigator for general emergency, morale representative for Combat Systems department and a morale movie manager. “In addition to my normal duties I also ensure that the crew has all the new movies, and they are available when they want to watch them,” said Zorrilla. Zorrilla’s time at sea has been memorable to say the least, “At night the stars are unlike anything you’ve ever seen and sometimes if you’re lucky you might even get to see a pod of whales breaching,” said Zorrilla. Even though ET3 enjoys his time at sea he has goals of becoming a civilian again in the future and working as a government contractor.

Meet Electronics Technician Second Class Nervalis Medina-Echevarria from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Before joining the Coast...
10/15/2020

Meet Electronics Technician Second Class Nervalis Medina-Echevarria from Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. Before joining the Coast Guard Medina graduated from the University of Puerto Rico with a degree in Biology and went on to work as a field tech on the Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida. As an ET aboard Waesche, she operates and assists in maintaining several of our on board weapon systems. “We are the eyes of the gun when operating and conducting weapon exercises,” said Medina. On board Medina also holds several additional qualifications including, helicopter tie down, repair party electrician and is the only certified translator on board the cutter. Being the only translator on board it affords her opportunities that most ET’s might not get in their entire career. “My bi-lingual abilities provide me some with some unique experiences, including boardings, drug interdictions and other law enforcement operations,” said Medina. Her job also often takes her to the top of the ships mast 147 feet above the water! “Climbing the top of the mast is pretty breathtaking and provides you with an awesome birds eye view!”

Today is the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month and we have a few more shipmates to highlight! Please enjoy getting to ...
10/15/2020

Today is the last day of Hispanic Heritage Month and we have a few more shipmates to highlight! Please enjoy getting to know some more members of our crew. This is Machinery Technician Third Class Jonathan Ybarra. MK3 Ybarra has been on Waesche for the last two and a half years. Ybarra hails from Harlingen, Texas and says he joined so he could see what the world had to offer outside of Texas. Jonathon is not the only Ybarra in the Coast Guard though his sister enlisted not to long after he did and is currently serving in Cape May, New Jersey. Having been stationed in Puerto Rico previously Ybarra would like to be stationed in some of the Coast Guard’s more remote island units including, Hawaii, Guam or even the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a Machinery Technician in the main propulsion division Ybarra is a part of the team who responsibilities include keeping the boat moving and the lights on. “I had a real interest in understanding how machines operate and I wanted to work with my hands, that’s what led me to become an MK,” said Ybarra. “The best part of being underway is the travel but the night sky at sea is a close second. The stars are like nothing you’ve ever seen.”

Meet Boatswains Mate Third Class Cori Oelkers from Corona, California. She has had a unique career serving as both a non...
10/14/2020

Meet Boatswains Mate Third Class Cori Oelkers from Corona, California. She has had a unique career serving as both a non-rate on Waesche and returning again as a Petty Officer. In total she has spent three and half years on board the cutter in three different departments. Oelkers comes from a family with a long history of military service. She represents her family as the 6th generation to serve in a United States Military branch and the first member to serve in the Coast Guard. “I take pride in carrying on the family tradition and serving my country,” said Oelkers. “In addition to tradition I also joined to travel and see the world from a different perspective.” Oelkers also serves as a helicopter tie down, boat crew and boarding team member on board Waesche. “It’s not all hard work underway we get some downtown to have steel beaches, swim calls and even some pretty extraordinary port calls.” She is still undecided on whether she is making this a career but for now she’s just enjoying driving small boats and visiting new places!
#HispanicHeritageMonth

Say hello to Storekeeper Third Class Alex Shilling! Petty Officer Shilling was born and raised not to far from our home ...
10/14/2020

Say hello to Storekeeper Third Class Alex Shilling! Petty Officer Shilling was born and raised not to far from our home port in Hayward, California. Alex has been on board Waesche for the past two and half years, before that he was stationed on board Coast Guard Cutters Sherman a Hamilton Class Cutter, and the Fir a Juniper Class Cutter. Recently Shilling received his Permanent Cutterman’s pin, an award obtained by having five cumulative years of sea time. He is the only the third SK3 to ever obtain the prestigious honor so early in their career. “I signed up to travel the world,” said Shilling. “I have sailed as far north as the Arctic, as far south as the Equator and as far west as Japan, and I look forward to sailing more in my career and experiencing new places.” As a ship’s Storekeeper Petty Officer Shilling is responsible for the safekeeping of over five million dollars in parts and inventory on board the cutter. In addition to his normal responsibilities, Alex is also a fire team member, a master helmsman, a helicopter tie down crew member, and an operator of the ship’s store. Right now Alex is undecided as to whether he will make a career out of the Coast Guard but what he does know is that he plans to keep going to sea while he is still in! #HispanicHeritageMonth

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Can you tell us why The CGC Waesche was moving into San Diego with tugs? Was that a piloting necessity or is she going for repairs? Thanks!
USCGC Waesche docked in Alameda, CA at Coast Guard Island. Photographed on 12/27/2018
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