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.
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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.

Friday Flyover taken by our shipmate ENS Chris Butters.
02/21/2020

Friday Flyover taken by our shipmate ENS Chris Butters.

We have some shipmates to congratulate and thank for their hard work on board WAESCHE! First, congratulations to John Di...
01/31/2020

We have some shipmates to congratulate and thank for their hard work on board WAESCHE! First, congratulations to John Dirschel on his promotion to Chief Electrician’s Mate! Great job to Elijah Johnson for advancing to Seaman. Nice work to MK3 Nathan Ketchum for earning Sailor of the Quarter! Well done to BM2 Donald Abey for being recognized as the 2019 Sailor of the Year! Lastly, we presented the first ever “Spirit of Obie” Award to OS3 Joanna DeJesus! Great work Shipmates, your achievements are very well deserved!

The crew of CGC WAESCHE had the honor of presenting the first ever “Spirit of Obie” Award to OS3 Joanna DeJesus. The Spi...
01/31/2020

The crew of CGC WAESCHE had the honor of presenting the first ever “Spirit of Obie” Award to OS3 Joanna DeJesus. The Spirit of Obie award is presented in honor of the heroics of its namesake, Petty Officer Travis “Obie” Obendorf.

In November 2013, CGC WAESCHE had been on patrol in the Bearing Sea for three months when they were called to assist the disabled fishing vessel Alaska Mist. The Alaska Mist had lost propulsion and was drifting near Amak Island with 22 people on board. WAESCHE reached the fishing boat on November 11th and made the decision to evacuate all non-essential personnel of the Alaska Mist by using the cutter’s small boat.

Petty Officer Travis Obendorf, a 28-year-old Idaho native, was assigned to the small boat when it gathered five fisherman of the disabled fishing vessel and started to take them back to the Coast Guard Cutter. During the return trip, they faced adverse weather much worse than what the small boat was rated to operate in.

During the recovery of the cutter small boat inside the stern launch, a series of swells washed in behind it and caused the boat to slide underneath the capture net. The force of the capture net slammed Petty Officer Obendorf backwards into the center console of the rescue boat, causing him to lose consciousness.

Obendorf was medically evacuated from WAESCHE and taken to Cold Bay, followed by Anchorage, then Seattle for continued care. On December 18th, he died in a Seattle hospital. While Petty Officer Obendorf is no longer here in person, the crew of WAESCHE knows that the Spirit of Obie watches over us
and protects us during our operations around the world.

The Spirit of Obie award is given to the Junior Enlisted Member, E4 an below, who demonstrates the devotion to duty, selfless service, and sacrifice that Petty Officer Travis Obendorf displayed while onboard WAESCHE. Congratulations again to OS3 Joanna DeJesus for demonstrating exemplary core values and selfless service onboard CGC WAESCHE.

Admiral Karl Schultz
01/09/2020

Admiral Karl Schultz

Join me as we celebrate National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day. Thank you to all those who choose to protect and serve – on the streets, in the air, and on the water.

#LEAD2020

A few shoutouts to some WAESCHE crew members during yesterday’s Quarters. Congratulations Rowyne Ashcraft and Marquis Ba...
01/08/2020

A few shoutouts to some WAESCHE crew members during yesterday’s Quarters. Congratulations Rowyne Ashcraft and Marquis Baker for promoting to Petty Officer Second Class! Paul Luna for advancing to Seaman. As well as BMC Ian Washington for being awarded the Coast Guard’s Good Conduct Award. Last but not least, welcome aboard to our newest shipmate, SK3 Madelyn Logan!

Last Friday, our Morale Committee put together a wonderful Holiday Party for the entire crew. The night was filled with ...
12/21/2019

Last Friday, our Morale Committee put together a wonderful Holiday Party for the entire crew. The night was filled with gingerbread house making, an ugly sweater contest, dancing, dinner, and a raffle! Shout out to our Morale Committee for an amazing party that displayed true WAESCHE spirit!

Coast Guard Foundation Run to Remember
12/18/2019

Coast Guard Foundation Run to Remember

We Remember!

#OTD in 2013, Petty Officer Travis Obendorf died as a result of injuries he sustained during search and rescue operations near Amak Island, Alaska while serving aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche.

Today we hosted officers of the Korean Coast Guard for a tour of CGC WAESCHE. LTJG Ray Zhang and CAPT Patrick Dougan dis...
12/11/2019

Today we hosted officers of the Korean Coast Guard for a tour of CGC WAESCHE. LTJG Ray Zhang and CAPT Patrick Dougan discussed joint operations with international agencies, typical missions of the Cutter, and life as a Coast Guardsman. After the tour, sea stories and experiences were shared in the Wardroom. Thank you for the visit and safe travels back home!

On December 5th, WAESCHE recognized the achievements of our shipmates. Congratulations to MK2 Joshua Kump for his fourth...
12/07/2019

On December 5th, WAESCHE recognized the achievements of our shipmates. Congratulations to MK2 Joshua Kump for his fourth year of sea service, one more to go for cutterman! ET1 Jerel Woods received his sixth good conduct ribbon. Additionally, there were two new promotions to recognize. Frederick Lamm was advanced to Petty Officer First Class and Peter Diamontopulos was promoted to Lieutenant.

U.S. COAST GUARD Newsfeed unofficial
12/02/2019

U.S. COAST GUARD Newsfeed unofficial

USCG HISTORY:
On this day, December 1, 1916 -Second Lieutenant Russell R. Waesche was designated as the first Communications Officer for the Coast Guard, an office established at Coast Guard Headquarters. The office was renamed Chief, Communications Division, soon thereafter.
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Russell Randolph Waesche was born in Thurmont, Maryland on 6 January 1886. Having received his primary and secondary education in the Maryland public schools, he completed his freshman year at Purdue University before applying for entrance to the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service School of Instruction. He was appointed a cadet on 19 May 1904. He graduated and was commissioned an Ensign on 27 October 1906. During his first five years in the Revenue Cutter Service, Waesche was stationed in the North Atlantic, the Great Lakes, and the Pacific Northwest. He received his first command, USRC Arcata of the Pacific Northwest Division, in October 1911. He was assigned to the cutter Pamlico in November 1912 and then began a tour at Coast Guard Headquarters in February 1915. He would remain in this position throughout the First World War.

After the war Waesche commanded the Eagle-class patrol boat Bothwell and the 152-foot cutter Snohomish. From May 1924 through March 1926 he commanded the destroyer Beale. Afterward Waesche was assigned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard and represented the Coast Guard at the U.S. Sesquicentennial International Exposition. He later commanded the destroyer Tucker before briefly serving as the Destroyer Force gunnery officer. In March 1928 he went to Coast Guard Headquarters as Chief Ordnance Officer for the Coast Guard. Waesche also originated the Coast Guard Institute and Correspondence School for warrant officers and enlisted personnel. He developed the plan for the reorganization of Coast Guard field forces that took place in 1932. With this experience he later served in the Navy’s War Plans Division and helped develop plans to integrate the Coast Guard into the Navy in the event of war. To improve efficiency, Waesche sponsored a plan for the selection of commissioned officers. In 1935 he was made an aide to the Commandant, Admiral Harry G. Hamlet. Promoted from the rank of commander, he was appointed Commandant with the rank of Rear Admiral on 14 June 1936.

As Commandant from 1936 through 1945 Waesche insured the successful integration of the U.S. Lighthouse Service, a purely civilian agency, with the Coast Guard in 1939 as ordered by President Franklin Roosevelt. He also presided over the greatest expansion of the USCG in its history and made sure the service maintained its separate 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 escort 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. Admiral Waesche earned praise from the Secretary of the Navy for his stewardship of the Coast Guard during the Second World War.

After the longest tenure as Commandant, Admiral Waesche retired from the Coast Guard effective 1 January 1946. He died later that year on 17 October 1946 and was buried at Arlington National Cemetery on 21 October. Two weeks after he retired Navy Secretary James Forrestal decorated Admiral Waesche with the Distinguished Service Medal for "exceptionally meritorious service to the government of the United States in a duty of great responsibility as Commandant, United States Coast Guard."

In March 1946 President Harry S. Truman nominated the ten top U.S. wartime generals and admirals to retain permanently their wartime ranks. At the same time the President announced the formation of an "elder statesmen's organization" for national defense consisting of those ten officers. Admiral Waesche was one of those officers so-designated.

Though largely responsible for the efficient expansion of the service, Admiral Waesche also improved the traditional functions of the Coast Guard. The activities on the Great Lakes and the inland waterways were extended and intensified. His administration placed increased emphasis on maritime safety, icebreaking, and aids to navigation. As Commandant he also took a keen interest in the work in the field and frequently made personal inspections of district units and activities. In short his tenure as Commandant was one of the most successful in the service’s distinguished history.

Admiral Waesche received an honorary degree as Doctor of Engineering from Purdue University in February, 1944. He was elected President of the Society of American Military Engineers in May, 1944. He was survived by his wife, Agnes R. Cronin, and four sons, three of whom entered military service. His oldest son, Russell Randolph Waesche, Jr., later retired from the Coast Guard as a flag officer.


Chronology of Appointments & Promotions:
Cadet: 19 May 1904
Third Lieutenant: 27 October 1906
Second Lieutenant: 2 September 1907
First Lieutenant: 2 April 1917
Lieutenant Commander: 12 January 1923
Commander: 1 July 1926
Rear Admiral: 14 June 1936
Vice Admiral: 10 March 1942
Admiral: 4 April 1945.

http://www.uscg.mil/history/people/RRWaescheSRBio.asp

Last Friday we celebrated some of our shipmates recent hard work. Raymond Zhang, Matt Grose, Jackie Kokomoor, Alyssa Pay...
11/25/2019

Last Friday we celebrated some of our shipmates recent hard work. Raymond Zhang, Matt Grose, Jackie Kokomoor, Alyssa Payne, and Tyler Furry promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade. CS1 Megan Sweeney, ET3 Antoine Comissiong, DC3 Heaven Jimenez, and ET2 Matthew Nadler were awarded the Good Conduct Medal. ET3 Abraham Zorilla recieved his first Sea Service Award. And last but not least, ENS Chris Butters was designated as the "Bull" Ensign. Thank you for your hard work and Congratulations!

This week at Quarters, we recognized a few WAESCHE shipmates. Congratulations to BM1 McHugh for achieving Sailor of the ...
11/16/2019

This week at Quarters, we recognized a few WAESCHE shipmates. Congratulations to BM1 McHugh for achieving Sailor of the Quarter ! Additionally we welcomed SN Beck who just reported from boot camp. Last but not least, we wish SN Morales an SN Lacasse fair winds and following seas as they head to their respective "A" Schools.

11/05/2019
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest

U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Southwest

ICYMI, here’s a great video of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco conducting a search and rescue demonstration during the San Francisco 49ers tour of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche.

At Quarters yesterday, WAESCHE recognized the dedication and achievement of FN Caitlin Ahrmann, a hard working member of...
11/02/2019

At Quarters yesterday, WAESCHE recognized the dedication and achievement of FN Caitlin Ahrmann, a hard working member of the Auxiliary Division. We wish her success at “A” School and in her Coast Guard career. Fair winds and following seas shipmate !

USCGC WAESCHE (WMSL 751) hosted the San Francisco 49ers yesterday. Players were given a tour of our Cutter and a HH-65 D...
10/29/2019

USCGC WAESCHE (WMSL 751) hosted the San Francisco 49ers yesterday. Players were given a tour of our Cutter and a HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco provided a demonstration of the search and rescue capabilities of the USCG. We appreciate the players from the San Francisco 49ers dedicating their time and effort to meeting service members in the Bay Area.

Sourdough Sam and the rest of the 49ers are welcome back anytime, good luck this season !

In celebration of 229 years of sea-going traditions, USCGC WAESCHE held its first annual Cutter Olympics to honor sea se...
10/28/2019

In celebration of 229 years of sea-going traditions, USCGC WAESCHE held its first annual Cutter Olympics to honor sea service as a part of “Eight Bells” ceremonies being held across the nation. Throughout two days of Olympic style events, teams and individuals competed to demonstrate their mastery of various elements of cutter life. The team events included Nautical Trivia, Culinary Skills, Damage Control, Seamanship, Engineering, and Law Enforcement. The individual events consisted of a contraband bale toss, “Alto Su Barco” broad jump, Harpoon Throw, Heaving Line Toss, Pull-ups, Tire-Flips and CBR Dash. All events consisted of elements that built camaraderie, held links to sea service and demonstrated the value of what a “Shipmate” truly means. The games concluded with an awards ceremony, remarks from CAPT Laura Collins and a lunch hosted by the Bay Area Chapter of the Surface Navy Association. Bravo Zulu to all who participated!

Photo Credit goes to SN Brendon Birch

In celebration of 229 years of sea-going traditions, USCGC WAESCHE held its first annual Cutter Olympics to honor sea service as a part of “Eight Bells” ceremonies being held across the nation. Throughout two days of Olympic style events, teams and individuals competed to demonstrate their mastery of various elements of cutter life. The team events included Nautical Trivia, Culinary Skills, Damage Control, Seamanship, Engineering, and Law Enforcement. The individual events consisted of a contraband bale toss, “Alto Su Barco” broad jump, Harpoon Throw, Heaving Line Toss, Pull-ups, Tire-Flips and CBR Dash. All events consisted of elements that built camaraderie, held links to sea service and demonstrated the value of what a “Shipmate” truly means. The games concluded with an awards ceremony, remarks from CAPT Laura Collins and a lunch hosted by the Bay Area Chapter of the Surface Navy Association. Bravo Zulu to all who participated!

Photo Credit goes to SN Brendon Birch

Last week, our Officers and Chiefs participated in an "Eagles and Anchors" event by volunteering at the Alameda Food Ban...
08/14/2019

Last week, our Officers and Chiefs participated in an "Eagles and Anchors" event by volunteering at the Alameda Food Bank. Our day was packed with sorting donated goods and moving pallets of food. USCGC WAESCHE always enjoys paying it forward to the local community. #WAESCHEWay #GetAfterIt

“THIS IS A DRILL…NOW FIRE, FIRE, FIRE IN THE AFT MAIN MACHINERY ROOM. ALL HANDS SET GENERAL EMERGENCY IN ACCORDANCE WITH...
07/02/2019

“THIS IS A DRILL…NOW FIRE, FIRE, FIRE IN THE AFT MAIN MACHINERY ROOM. ALL HANDS SET GENERAL EMERGENCY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE MACHINARY SPACE FIRE DOCTRINE. SET MODIFIED ZEBRA, DO NOT SET ZEBRA ON THE FIRE MAIN”

While off the coast of San Diego, WAESCHE's Engineering Department, led by the damage control division, conducted basic damage control round robin training. The training was aimed at building proficiency with newly reported crew and as a refresher for more seasoned WAESCHE sailors. Topics covered include hose handling, donning protective gear, first aid, investigator techniques, and repair locker organization.

06/14/2019
U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area

U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area

Earlier this week the crews aboard the USCGC STRATTON WMSL 752 and the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche departed Alameda to conduct operations on opposite sides of the Pacific.
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Stratton deployed to the Western Pacific Ocean where the Alameda-based Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf has been since departing the Bay Area in January. Stratton will operate in support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, which oversees military operations in the Western Pacific.
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The Waesche departed for a months-long deployment to the Eastern Pacific Ocean to conduct counterdrug operations. Earlier this year, Waesche returned to Alameda following a 95-day counterdrug patrol where the crew had two at-sea interdictions, seizing more than 6,300 pounds of cocaine.
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“The Coast Guard’s deployment of resources to the Indo-Pacific directly supports the United States’ goal to strengthen maritime governance, safety, and security across the region, and we do that by working with, and learning from, our many partners and partner nations in the region,” said Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, commander, Coast Guard Pacific Area.
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“The United States is a Pacific nation, and the Coast Guard has been operating in the pacific for over 150 years. We have developed long-standing partnerships with nations in the region, and we share a strong commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific governed by a rules-based international system that promotes peace, security, prosperity, and the sovereignty of all nations.”
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Read more about their departures here: http://bit.ly/USCGPACAREA
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We wish these crews and their family members back home fair winds and following seas on their deployments!
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📽 by PACS Nyxolyno Cangemi, PAC John Masson and PA1 Matt Masaschi/Pacific Area public affairs
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#Stratton #USCG #Coast Guard #USCoastGuard #CoastGuardCutterStratton #WMSL #WMSL 752 #WesternPacific #partnerships #Commander7thFleet #C7F #SanFrancisco #BayBridge #BayArea #PACAREA #cutter #patrol #NationalSecurityCutter #Indopacific #Alameda #Coastguardisland #Counterdrug #Waesche #WMSL752 #EASTPAC #Partnership #interagency #USCoastGuardCutterWaesche #cocaine #Bertholf

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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
Lookin' good today, seen from my home in Kingston...
So so proud of my son mikie bowen USCG who re-elected for another 6 years...
Going to miss my coastie ...
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