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6 1/2" US Coast Guard International Weather Patrol


USCGC CHINCOTEAGUE (WAVP-375) ex-USN Barnegat class small seaplane tender with a checkered career. This is her patch circa 1949-1965


After heavy USN service in the Pacific, she was transferred on loan to the US Coast Guard, 7 March 1949 and commissioned USCGC Chincoteague (WAVP-375)

Redesignated High Endurance Cutter (WHEC-375), 1 May 1966 Permanently transferred to the US Coast Guard, 26 September 1966 Decommissioned in June 1972


Returned to US Naval custody and transferred to South Vietnam, 21 June 1972, renamed RVNS Ly Thuong Kiet (HQ-16)


Taken over by the Republic of the Philippines in April 1975, renamed RPS Andres Bonifacto (PF-7) Sold outright to the Republic of the Philippines, 5 April 1976

Struck from the Naval Register (date unknown) Decommissioned by the Philippine Navy in June 1985

Final Disposition, fate unknown. Chincoteague earned six USN battle stars for World War II service


One of my best friends was on the Chincoteaugue in the 60s.



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82' Patrol Boat USCGC POINT MARTIN (WPB-82379) San Francisco, CA In service 1970 to 1999 http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/Point_Martin.pdf

Another nice Japanese cut edge patch, she was stationed at Wrightsville Beach, NC between 1974 and 1983.

WPB 82379 POINT MARTIN 001.jpg

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Korean War era Cape Class 95' ASW Patrol Boats (Built 1953 to 1959) - Photo from my collection USCGC CAPE STARR (WPB-95320) http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/CapeClassWPBIndex.asp patrolling the New Jersey shore


Class history—The 95-foot or Cape class was an outgrowth of a need for shallow-draft anti-submarine-warfare (ASW) craft brought on by the increasing tensions during the years immediately following World War II. During the period of construction, three distinctive sub-classes evolved as the Coast Guard’s mission emphasis shifted from ASW to search and rescue (SAR), The A Type 95-footer was outfitted primarily for ASW. The B Type differed by mounting a 40 mm vice 20 mm gun and being fitted with scramble nets, a towing bit, and a large searchlight – all important SAR tools. The C Type units were constructed without the heavy armament and for economy some of the SAR equipment was also deleted. However, the Coast Guard added these SAR items to both the As and Cs during various refits. A renovation program began in the mid-1970s but was ended, due to increasing expenses and a shortage of funds, after 16 boats had been overhauled.
The 95-footers were designed by the Coast Guard and built at the Coast Guard Yard. Their hulls were made of steel while their superstructures were made of aluminum. This proved to be problematic throughout their service lives due to electrolysis between the dissimilar metals. These cutters remained unnamed until January of 1964.

WPB 95320 USCGC CAPE STARR 001a.jpg

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95' Cape class ASW Patrol Boat USCGC CAPE CARTER (WPB-95309) In service 1953 to 1990

From 1961 to 1982 she was stationed at Crescent City, CA (Oregon border) on SAR/ASW duty



USCGC CAPE CARTER CRESCENT CITY, CA http://www.uscg.mil/history/webcutters/CapeCarter1953.asp


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95' Cape class ASW Patrol Boat USCGC NEWAGEN (WPB-95318) In service 1955-1982 Ma'alea Harbor, Maui, Hawaii - Guardian of the Islands
She was stationed at Maui, HI, from 1969 to 1982, and was used for LE and SAR. On 23 September 1969, she dewatered and towed a disabled tug 6 miles west-southwest of Mahukona Lighthouse, HI.
Cape Newagen made history in April, 1979, when she became the first U.S. “warship” to be commanded by a woman. LTJG Beverly G. Kelley commanded Cape Newagen from April, 1979 until July, 1981.
She was awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation for her SAR activities during “one of the worst winter storms in the history of Maui County” during the period from 8 to 11 January, 1980.
She was decommissioned 24 September 1982 after a brief ceremony at the Coast Guard Base at Sand Island. At that time she was under the command of LTJG David F. Quick. Her crew cross-decked to the Cape Corwin, which replaced the Cape Newagen.





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The aging 95' ASW boats were replaced by the 110' Island class Patrol boats which have seen extensive service in the Persian Gulf homeported at Bahrain

Constructed and commissioned between 1982 and 1992 https://www.uscg.mil/datasheet/110wpb.asp Photo from my collection USCGC TYBEE, Woods Hole, MA


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110' Island class Patrol Boats - patches 1990's to current - MAUI and WRANGELL are currently part of the Patrol Forces Southwest at Bahrain

METOMPKIN and PADRE are out of commission as they and six others were basically destroyed during a botched conversion attempt by the contractor (big USCG scandal)

WPB 1300 001.jpg

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