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Bilgerat
04-21-2017, 02:29 PM
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/343/20449322935_ff62f87e85_z.jpg

She was named for Henry Morganthau Jr (the 52nd Sec of the Treasury) and built by Avondale Shipyards.

She was Commissioned on 10 March 1969 and considered to be "state of the art" with both Pratt & Whitney FT4A Gas Turbine engines and Fairbanks Morse Diesel engines for Main Propulsion.

While on the "birds" her controllable pitch propellers could bring her from 0 to 30 knots in 60 seconds and could bring her to an all stop close to the same time.

Soon after her Commissioning, She was sent to Vietnam for service in the Navy's "Operation Market Time". For exceptionally valorous action in combat, she received a Navy Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal and other awards.

And now after 48 years of faithful service, she has been decommissioned.

And the rub? She will be acquired by Vietnam

Elessar
04-21-2017, 08:26 PM
That cutter class did serve well for all those years, yet most of the crew called
called them "The Floating Needle of Death" due the way they rode in rough seas.:laugh:

aboutime
04-21-2017, 09:02 PM
https://farm1.staticflickr.com/343/20449322935_ff62f87e85_z.jpg

She was named for Henry Morganthau Jr (the 52nd Sec of the Treasury) and built by Avondale Shipyards.

She was Commissioned on 10 March 1969 and considered to be "state of the art" with both Pratt & Whitney FT4A Gas Turbine engines and Fairbanks Morse Diesel engines for Main Propulsion.

While on the "birds" her controllable pitch propellers could bring her from 0 to 30 knots in 60 seconds and could bring her to an all stop close to the same time.

Soon after her Commissioning, She was sent to Vietnam for service in the Navy's "Operation Market Time". For exceptionally valorous action in combat, she received a Navy Unit Commendation, Combat Action Ribbon Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, Vietnam Civil Actions Unit Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal and other awards.

And now after 48 years of faithful service, she has been decommissioned.

And the rub? She will be acquired by Vietnam



Beautiful Original Cutter Bilge. Great photo. As a former Tin-can Sailor myself. I can honestly, and fully respect anyone who served aboard her, and other ships like her.
I am probably remembering wrong here, but I do believe I saw her during the 60's, at REFRESHER TRAINING in GITMO. Every few years, all East Coast ships were required to visit Gitmo to train new crews, with the older crews.
CORRECTION. It wasn't that ship I saw. Can't remember the name. But we in the Navy respected our fellow sailors, and always joked about the BROWN WATER navy!!:poke:

Bilgerat
04-21-2017, 10:16 PM
My first ship (USCGC Sherman) was of the same class.

With a 43 foot beam and a 15 foot draft, they earned the title quoted by Elessar :laugh:

Me in 1972, near my rack.

http://www.debatepolicy.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9883&stc=1


Did more than a few Ocean Stations in the North Atlantic, rocking and rolling was our "thing".

And yes Aboutime, reftra in Gitmo was always interesting. Remind me sometime to tell you a story about me, a Marine Shore Patrol and the Cattle Car :laugh:

Elessar
04-21-2017, 10:35 PM
My first ship (USCGC Sherman) was of the same class.

With a 43 foot beam and a 15 foot draft, they earned the title quoted by Elessar :laugh:

Me in 1972, near my rack.

http://www.debatepolicy.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9883&stc=1


Did more than a few Ocean Stations in the North Atlantic, rocking and rolling was our "thing".

And yes Aboutime, reftra in Gitmo was always interesting. Remind me sometime to tell you a story about me, a Marine Shore Patrol and the Cattle Car :laugh:

Nice wallpaper, Bilge!

Elessar
04-21-2017, 10:36 PM
AT....I could tell you a tale about me and a Navy BM2 getting into a lively 'discussion' in
San Diego once...:laugh:

Bilgerat
04-21-2017, 10:41 PM
Nice wallpaper, Bilge!

Ah the "Bad Old Day's" when there were no females aboard and the lads could be "expressive" :laugh2:

Kathianne
04-21-2017, 10:44 PM
Ah the "Bad Old Day's" when there were no females aboard and the lads could be "expressive" :laugh2:

Hey, you were one good looking dude! Still are, just not the same. ;)

Bilgerat
04-21-2017, 10:48 PM
Hey, you were one good looking dude! Still are, just not the same. ;)


Why thank you M'Lady. It is amazing what 40 plus years will do to ya though (lol)

I often wonder what the Lady here see's in this crusty old hulk.

Kathianne
04-21-2017, 10:53 PM
Why thank you M'Lady. It is amazing what 40 plus years will do to ya though (lol)

I often wonder what the Lady here see's in this crusty old hulk.

Yep, luckily we all age with the days. ;) Sometimes folks get mad if you don't notice haircuts, beards coming or going, weight loss...when you 'know' someone, just doesn't figure into much in the day-to-day.

Bilgerat
04-21-2017, 11:07 PM
Again, the old Days

US Coast Guard Base Boston, circa 1972

http://www.debatepolicy.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9884&stc=1

Hull 715 now serves the Philippines, Hull 718 serves in the Nigerian Navy, Hull 719 will be going to the Philippines soon

Abbey
04-27-2017, 12:09 PM
My first ship (USCGC Sherman) was of the same class.

With a 43 foot beam and a 15 foot draft, they earned the title quoted by Elessar :laugh:

Me in 1972, near my rack.

http://www.debatepolicy.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=9883&stc=1


Did more than a few Ocean Stations in the North Atlantic, rocking and rolling was our "thing".

And yes Aboutime, reftra in Gitmo was always interesting. Remind me sometime to tell you a story about me, a Marine Shore Patrol and the Cattle Car :laugh:

Handsome young man!