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Title: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: adroth on December 10, 2017, 04:23:50 AM
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The US Coast Guard built 12 Hamilton Class 378-foot cutters from 1965 to 1971. These are now being replaced by the National Security Cutter and are in the process of being disposed of. This thread index keeps track of where they are now.

Operator                Original Name       Operator's name
                      
United States

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USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=1503.0)
USCGC Munro (WHEC-724) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=2766.0)
USCGC Midgett (WHEC-726) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=2765.0)
     

n/a
n/a
n/a
n/a 
                      
Philippines

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USCGC Hamilton (WHEC-715)
USCGC Dallas (WHEC-716)
USCGC Boutwell (WHEC-719)
     

BRP Gregorio Del Pilar (FF-15) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=106.0)
BRP Ramon A Alcaraz (FF-16) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=117.0)
BRP Andres Bonifacio (FF-17) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=94.0)
                      
Nigeria

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USCGC Chase (WHEC-718)
USCGC Gallatin (WHEC-721)
     

NNS Thunder (F90) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=2763.0)
NNS Okpabana (F93) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=2764.0)
                      
Bangladesh

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USGC Jarvis (WHEC-725)
USCGC Rush (WHEC-723)
     

BNS Somudra Joy (F28) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=32.0)
BNS Somudra Avijan (F29) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=31.0)
                      
Vietnam

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USCGC Morgenthau (WHEC-722)
     

CSB 8020 (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=1314.0)
                      
Sri Lanka

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USCGC Sherman (WHEC-720)
     

SLNS Gajabahu (P-626) (http://defenseph.net/drp/index.php?topic=2254.0)

Bon Voyage FF-17

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Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: adroth on December 10, 2017, 10:22:43 AM
Decommissioning watch

From: https://www.marad.dot.gov/wp-content/uploads/pdf/2016-Program-Annual-Report.pdf

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Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: dr demented on December 10, 2017, 10:53:46 AM
In addition to other nations that are possibly looking to acquire the remaining 4 Hamilton class cutters that are still in USCG service, there appears to be at least one non-profit group that is looking to acquire one of the Hamiltons as a museum ship.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/139110530178903/about/

Taken from the group's FB page:

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We are a large group of Coast Guard Veterans in the process of acquiring a 378' High Endurance Cutter to convert into a museum. The response from Veterans all over the country has been overwhelming. We are determined to succeed. We are a non-profit corporation with a board of directors. Our CEOs name is Steve Howard and he is presently with a Coast Guard Attorney in negotiations with Comandante Zukunft and MCPOCG Patton for one of four 378s still in service. MCPOCG Patton is also on the board of directors of the National Coast Guard Museum. He informed me that the museum wanted a 378 to display. The 378 is unique. It was the first warship, in both the Coast Guard  or Navy,  equipped with twin jet turbine engines, bow thrusters, variable pitch props, helicopter flight deck, aluminium superstructure and fly by wire helms. It also had stealth tech, forerunner of Littoral. They served with  distinction in Vietnam as well as their roles in search and rescue and law enforcement. At least on of these ships should be preserved and that is our mission. Won't you please find it in your heart to either volunteer and/or donate. We are getting the paperwork done so that you can deduct your contribution from your taxes. Join us!
Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: Fuhrer on December 10, 2017, 11:03:45 AM
Sir Adroth it's Bangladesh not Pakistan.


https://mobile.facebook.com/PhilippineNavy2020/photos/a.382615438489642.93332.382610498490136/543757765708741/?type=3&_rdc=1&_rdr
Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: adroth on December 10, 2017, 11:10:41 AM
Sir Adroth it's Bangladesh not Pakistan.


https://mobile.facebook.com/PhilippineNavy2020/photos/a.382615438489642.93332.382610498490136/543757765708741/?type=3&_rdc=1&_rdr

Yup. Fixed. My bad.  :-[
Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: dr demented on December 10, 2017, 11:15:14 AM
The possible decommissioning date for USCGC Sherman looks to be sometime around March 30, 2018.  Looking for additional confirmation.

http://www.uscgcshermanassociation.com/apps/blog/categories/show/2153935-sherman-event-march-2018

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Jack Schneider shared an email from Captain Steven Wittrock, CO of the Sherman. Jack and I just got off the phone after much discussion about our plans of action. This is a call to action for our Sherman crew(s) interested in the Hawaii Reunion / Decommissioning / 50th Year Anniversary of Sherman's Honorable service: More to come soon! What follows is Captain Whittrocks email concerning our Cutter's near future!:


Greetings from the Arctic.


I thought I would check in and let you know that as of right now we still on track for a decommissioning right at the end of March, probably about the 30th. I believe they are just working to finalize the date.


We have been keeping very busy up here in the Arctic and she is still running well with no lost ops days, thanks to the hard work of the Engineers. At the bottom of the e-mail are a couple of articles on our endeavors up here.


Very respectfully,
Capt S Wittrock
CGC Sherman
Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: adroth on December 21, 2017, 03:56:53 PM
Thanks for the referral Chuck.  :)

https://chuckhillscgblog.net/2017/12/10/where-in-the-world-are-the-whecs/

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Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: adroth on June 27, 2018, 12:38:29 PM
Still no data about the name of the Sherman in Sri Lankan service

From: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/04/02/storied-coast-guard-ship-retires-after-50-years-service.html

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Commissioned in 1968, the ship is going to Sri Lanka through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, the Coast Guard said.

The Morgenthau, commissioned in 1969, was turned over to Vietnam upon its decommissioning. The Sherman was sent to Honolulu in 2015 to replace the retired cutter Rush. Both the Rush and Jarvis were transferred to Bangladesh.

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Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: adroth on January 11, 2019, 04:18:53 PM
PH to consider decommissioned USCG cutters
Published January 9, 2019, 5:30 PM
By Francis Wakefield

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/01/09/ph-to-consider-decommissioned-uscg-cutters/?fbclid=IwAR0Zr4YzO744tzW9JXvZOAXHY9sAWYe9wPHU9Xfh-i3TUbxY359T_Vd4918

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that the Philippines will consider accepting Hamilton-class cutters from the United States if offered.

Lorenzana made the remark as the United States Coast Guard gradually phases out its Hamilton-class cutters from its inventory.

“We will not actively ask for it. Pag offer nila sa atin, titignan natin kung pabor sa atin [If they offer it to us, we will look at it and see if it will favor us],” Lorenzana said.

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Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: dr demented on January 13, 2019, 02:14:43 AM
Interestingly, the US Coast Guard's FY 2019 budget only lists funding for the decommissioning of four HC-130H aircraft.  Normally if a Hamilton class cutter was to be decommissioned, a separate budgetary line item would be listed.

This runs contrary to other sources indicating that USCGC Midgett would be decommissioned in FY 2019.

https://www.uscg.mil/Portals/0/documents/budget/2019%20BIB_FINALw.pdf
Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: dr demented on April 25, 2019, 01:13:11 PM
US Coast Guard recently solicited a contract for work on Midgett's joint expansion.

No indication that this is being done either on behalf of a foreign government or in preparation for decommissioning.

https://insurancenewsnet.com/oarticle/expansion-joint-renewal#.XMEdyaR7lPY
Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: adroth on November 23, 2019, 12:07:39 AM
US gifts new security vessel to Vietnam, vows S. China Sea presence
AFP News   AFP News20 November 2019

https://news.mb.com.ph/2019/11/20/ph-to-shop-for-military-warships-arms-in-s-korea-next-week-duterte/

The United States is giving Vietnam's coast guard a second cutter vessel, US Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday, vowing to maintain a routine military presence in the flashpoint South China Sea.

The new security ship "represents another concrete symbol of our strengthening relationship", Esper said at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam after a tour through South Korea, Thailand and the Philippines.

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Vietnam's existing WHEC shown below

PCG personnel welcomes “CSB 8020” (former United States Coast Guard Morgenthau), a 115-meter Vietnam Government vessel donated by the US government during the low key arrival ceremony at the Headquarters Coast Guard Surface Support Force, Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila this morning, December 9, 2017.
Photo courtesy (ASN Bokingkito PCG)

From: https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineCoastGuard.Official/posts/1470007106445282

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Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: adroth on January 24, 2020, 04:48:27 PM
The Mellon is still in service. But, reportedly, not for long

Rescuers describe deteriorating conditions as they responded to crab boat sinking off Alaska Peninsula
By Hope McKenney, KUCB - Unalaska - January 2, 2020

https://www.alaskapublic.org/2020/01/02/coast-guard-suspends-search-for-five-fishermen-after-crab-boat-sinks-off-alaska-peninsula/

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The Coast Guard rescued two people and have suspended the search for the rest of the F/V Scandies Rose’s seven-person crew.

The five missing are Gary Cobban, Jr. (Master), David Lee Cobban, Arthur Ganacias, Brock Rainey, and Seth Rousseau-Gano, the Coast Guard said.

The search spanned over 20 hours, 1,400 square miles, and included four MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews, two HC-130 Hercules airplane crews, and the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon.

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Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: djbaracudz on January 24, 2020, 09:20:06 PM
            aren't we going to get that one and/or at least the PH have sent  a letter of intent? (  is that the correct term ? ). If IIRC, the Mellon was configured to fire the Harpoon and they took it out. But the wirings et al is still there. OOOOHhhhh, please can somebody enlighten me on these...
Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: LionFlyer on June 24, 2020, 08:10:01 PM
A WHEC have been offered to Bahrain, probably one of the last two.
Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: dr demented on July 17, 2020, 10:19:18 AM
Update:

USCGC Midgett went into "in commission - special status" as of March 31, 2020.  (source:  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/29242bd?fbclid=IwAR1tT7rmTJfeKadBVKPd2rhOiSMh3TbbSO3yEADR4yRnJPJNsZzgknrAVH0).

USCGC Mellon will decommission on August 20, 2020 according to various FB group pages for the ship's alumni.  The decommissioning ceremony will be closed, though the coast guard is reportedly looking into live streaming the ceremony.

Both ships will reportedly be turned over to Vietnam.
Title: Re: Where in the world are the WHECs?
Post by: adroth on July 24, 2020, 09:35:24 AM
https://www.facebook.com/groups/43086858602/

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