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Remembering the USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717)
« on: April 18, 2017, 11:53:59 PM »
One of the few actual shooters in the bunch actual had



https://www.uscg.mil/pacarea/cgcmellon/history.asp

USCGC MELLON launching the Harpoon missile in January 1990. CGC MELLON was designed to perform each of the Coast Guard’s missions, which then included search and rescue, defense operations, law enforcement, environmental protection and oceanographic research. She was built with a welded steel hull and aluminum superstructure. CGC MELLON was one of the first naval vessels built with a combined diesel and gas turbine propulsion plant. The twin screws can use 7,000 diesel shaft horsepower to make 17 knots, and a total of 36,000 gas turbine shaft horsepower to make 28 knots. The diesel engines are Fairbanks-Morse and are larger versions of a 1968 diesel locomotive design. Her Pratt-Whitney marine gas turbine engines are similar to those installed in Boeing 707 passenger jet aircraft. It is worth noting that CGC MELLON was among the first American vessels to use jet aircraft-type turbines for propulsion.

CGC MELLON was classified as a "high endurance cutter," one which was designed to remain at sea for extended periods of time to undertake mid-ocean search and rescue operations and to conduct law enforcement and national security missions. The 2748-ton cutter’s crossing range is 10,000 miles at 20 knots. This is approximately the distance from New York to Melbourne, Australia. CGC MELLON was originally built with an 80-foot long flight deck and "balloon shelter." CGC MELLON was one of the newer ships of her class to have a joystick helm. The previous High Endurance Cutters were equipped with standard ship’s wheels as helms. She was also equipped with extensive anti-submarine warfare equipment, including the Mk46 torpedo and the AN/SQS-26 sonar. In January 1990, MELLON was first in her class to fire the Harpoon missile. The ASW and Harpoon launching systems were later removed due to budget constraints.

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Re: Remembering the USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717)
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2019, 04:43:38 PM »
Peek inside Seattle-based Coast Guard cutter

From chasing mutineers in Vietnam to rescues to cocaine busts, the ship has seen it all in 50 years' service

By Daniel DeMay and and Grant Hindsley, SeattlePI Published 3:06 pm PST, Tuesday, January 9, 2018

https://www.seattlepi.com/seattlenews/article/Peek-inside-Seattle-based-Coast-Guard-cutter-12485677.php

She's a ship, Cutter Mellon, a Seattle-based Coast Guard cutter that was celebrated for her 50 years of service on Tuesday at the Seattle Coast Guard base.

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Re: Remembering the USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717)
« Reply #4 on: January 14, 2020, 10:00:11 AM »
Coast Guard patrols South Pacific in support of international fisheries

Coast Guard patrols South Pacific in support of international fisheries
HONOLULU, HI, UNITED STATES
01.25.2019
Story by Petty Officer 3rd Class Amanda Wyrick and Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir
U.S. Coast Guard District 14 Hawaii Pacific 

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/308355/coast-guard-patrols-south-pacific-support-international-fisheries

HONOLULU -- Following a stop in Fiji in late January, the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) continue their South Pacific patrol in support of counter-Illegal, Unregulated and Unreported fishing and global security missions.

The presence of a high endurance Coast Guard cutter conducting operations in the region demonstrates the U.S. commitment to regional partnerships and strengthening a coalition of like-minded countries to strengthen regional maritime governance and promote a rules-based regime for fisheries.

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Re: Remembering the USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717)
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2020, 03:27:22 AM »
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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Re: Remembering the USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717)
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Re: Remembering the USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717)
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2020, 10:23:48 PM »
https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/us-coast-guard-retires-52-year-old-cutter-ending-distinguished-career

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The U.S. Coast Guard’s 52-year old cutter Mellon completed its final patrol in a long and distinguished career. The Mellon was one of the last remaining 378-foot high endurance cutters built for extended offshore patrols with capabilities ranging from helicopter operations to pursuit boat.

The cutter embarked on her final patrol departing Seattle on April 17 to conduct missions throughout the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea. During the patrol, the 150-member crew conducted 38 law enforcement boardings, four search and rescue cases, and enforced federal regulations governing Alaska’s commercial fishing industry. She returned to her homeport on July 7.

The cutter was named for successful businessman and banker Andrew W. Mellon, who became the forty-ninth secretary of the U.S. treasury serving between 1921 and 1932. Mellon served under presidents Harding, Coolidge and Hoover, as well as a year in the post of U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain.

The cutter’s keel was laid July 25 1966, and she was launched on February 11, 1967. Built at a cost of $14.5 million, the Mellon was commissioned on January 9, 1968 becoming the third member of the 378-foot high-endurance class to be completed. During her long career, she participated in notable recuses, was briefly station in Vietnam, and in 1990 became the first and only Coast Guard cutter to be fitted with an anti-ship missile and anti-submarine warfare capabilities as part of a pilot program.

The Mellon was originally homeported in Honolulu and spent 12 years patrolling the Pacific Ocean from Hawaii to Alaska before transferring to Seattle in 1981. From her homeport in Seattle she patrolled areas in the North Pacific from the Gulf of Alaska and the Aleutian Islands into the Bering Sea. She also spent three months of the year engaged in training and exercises with the U.S. Navy off the coast of Southern California.

Early in her career, the cutter was extensively damaged during an explosion while docked at the Dillingham Shipyard for repairs and maintenance on September 7, 1971. One civilian who was installing insulation was killed and there was significant damage to the vessel, included buckling of the deck, hull and frame. Again, in 1972 she was damaged when she touched bottom, damaging her sonar dome and bow thruster while unmooring in Kodiak Harbor.

Among the rescues she was involved in during her career, in 1974 the Mellon played a key role in the rescue of crew members from the Italian supertanker Giovanna Lolli-Ghetti, which sank off Hawaii after an explosion and fire. The rescue included managing close cooperation between crews and vessels from Norway, Russia and the United States. Again in 1982, the Mellon was involved in notable rescue operations including passengers and crew who have been evacuated into lifecrafts from the burning cruise ship the Prinsendam, as well as later saving four crash survivors from a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft on Attu Island.

The Mellon and its crew received awards include the Meritorious Unit Commendation for operations conducted between June 28, 1975, and February 2, 1976 which included their response to four search and rescue cases, investigating and disproving allegations of violations of the Unimak Island Crab Sanctuary. The cuttter's crew also reported to authorities the illegal discharge of oil into the sea by two Russian trawlers.

The U.S. Coast Guard has scheduled the Mellon for decommissioning on August 20, 2020.

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Re: Remembering the USCGC Mellon (WHEC-717)
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2020, 12:16:52 PM »
https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/29b2eec

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SEATTLE — The Coast Guard decommissioned the Coast Guard Cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) during a ceremony Thursday held at Coast Guard Base Seattle and presided over by Rear Adm. Peter Gautier, the deputy commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area.

Mellon was one of the Coast Guard’s two remaining 378-foot Hamilton-class high endurance cutters. The fleet of high endurance cutters is being replaced by 418-foot Legend-class national security cutters, which serve as the Coast Guard’s primary long-range asset.

Commissioned in 1968, the Mellon was the third of twelve high endurance cutters built for long-range, high-endurance missions, including maritime security roles, drug interdiction, illegal immigrant interception and fisheries patrols.

“While Mellon’s service to the U.S. Coast Guard now ends, the ship will continue its legacy of good maritime governance after transfer to the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Royal Naval Force,” said Gautier. “I am incredibly confident in the Coast Guard’s future, because in Coast Guard Cutter Mellon’s crew and proud history, I see the attributes that have made our Coast Guard ‘Always Ready’ for more than two centuries.”

Mellon’s keel was laid July 25, 1966, at Avondale Shipyards in New Orleans. Mellon was launched Feb. 11, 1967, and commissioned Jan. 9, 1968. The cutter was named after Andrew W. Mellon, the 49th Secretary of the Treasury from 1921-1932.

Over the past 52 years of service, Mellon’s crews conducted a wide range of diverse operations in all parts of the world. From 1969 through 1972, Mellon’s crews participated in the Vietnam War, performing several naval gunfire support missions and patrolling Southeast Asian waters to prevent the smuggling of weapons into Vietnam. Mellon’s participation in the Vietnam War earned the ship the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation.

In the late-1970s and 1980s, the Mellon responded to numerous major search and rescue operations, including their assistance in the rescue of 510 passengers and crew members from the burning luxury liner Prinsendam in 1980.

In 1985, the Mellon entered the Fleet Renovation and Modernization program, a dry dock program designed to prolong high endurance cutters’ service life. Mellon was recommissioned March 3, 1989.

Living up to the Mellon’s motto “Primus Inter Pares,” meaning first among equals, the cutter established several Coast Guard firsts, including the first of five Hamilton-class high endurance cutters to have a Harpoon anti-ship missile system installed. Mellon was also the first, and only, Coast Guard cutter to test fire a Harpoon missile.

During Bering Sea patrols, Mellon conducted search and rescue operations and enforced laws and regulations that preserved vital Alaskan fisheries. In the Eastern Pacific, the Mellon’s boarding teams interdicted illegal narcotics trafficked over the high seas.

During the cutter’s last year of service, 20 officers and 160 enlisted crew members patrolled the Bering Sea and the Northern Pacific Ocean near Japan for more than a combined 230 days, collectively conducting 100 safety and fisheries boardings of U.S.-, Chinese-, Korean-, Japanese- and Russian-flagged fishing vessels and participating in five search-and-rescue cases.

“It has truly been an honor to serve as the final commanding officer for Coast Guard Cutter Mellon,” said Capt. Jonathan Musman. “The officers, chiefs and crew for this final year have been truly remarkable and can hold their heads high as they operated Mellon with distinction across the North Pacific on three deployments serving our nation. The reliability of the cutter is a product of years and years of properly taking care of this beloved cutter. The legacy of Mellon has been those fantastic memories that have been made and the knowledge that has passed from one shipmate to another. The future generations of cuttermen were here this last deployment learning, teaching and making their shipboard memories, and they are ready to carry on and continue the Coast Guard’s seagoing heritage.”

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