From the bridge of the Bertholf: A word from the commanding officer

As one of the Coast Guard’s newest assets, the national security cutters bring operational capabilities the fleet needs for mission success. Compass has asked the wardroom of Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, the service’s first NSC, to share their unique perspective on how the fleet’s newest class of cutters will perform in the world’s most challenging operating environments, and this week’s update comes from the ship’s commanding officer, Capt. John Prince. You can also see Coast Guard Alaska for the view from the deck plate, focusing on Bertholf’s day to day operations that make their missions a success.

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf meets heavy seas in the Bering Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf meets heavy seas in the Bering Sea. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lally.

Written by Capt. John Prince, commanding officer, Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf.

Greetings from the Bering Sea. We’ve been underway for more than a month on the first Alaska patrol for a national security cutter, and I can say it has been a truly impressive performance by the ship and our crew.

We’ve experienced 20-foot seas and winds in excess of 60 knots with temperatures below freezing, and despite these sea conditions the ship has remained within pitch and roll limits to launch our helicopter. We have been able to make a comfortable 12 to 15 knots through the water in seas up to 14 feet, validating the sea keeping and stability of the NSC and our ability to respond quickly to any emergency.

Our 12,000 nautical mile range at economical speed, and 8,000 nautical mile range at a speed of 14 knots has allowed us to remain at sea for more than 24 days at a time…

For more please see the full post at the Coast Guard Compass blog.

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