To celebrate Caterday, I decided to show off some pictures I like of USCG Cutters and their assets.

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet, the services oldest cutter in the fleet and its crew arrive in Juneau at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 for a port visit before returning to their homeport of Ketchikan. Acushnet was originally commissioned as a Diver Class Fleet Rescue and Salvage Vessel, USS Shackle (ARS 9) for the U.S. Navy Feb. 5, 1944. On August 23, 1946, Acushnet was commissioned as an Auxiliary Tug (WAT) in the Coast Guard.

Boston (Aug. 26, 2005) – Two Massachusetts-based U.S. Coast Guard assets, a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Coast Guard Station Gloucester and a HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod, transit-out of the Gloucester Harbor during a training exercise.

JAVA SEA (May 28, 2010) The guided-missile frigate USS Vandegrift (FFG 48) and the US Coast Guard cutter Mellon (WHEC 717) transit side by side during a division tactics exercise as part of Naval Engagement Activity (NEA) Indonesia 2010. NEA is in its 16th year and is part of the Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) series of bilateral exercises held annually in Southeast Asia to strengthen relationships and enhance force readiness.

[Images courtesy of the Department of the Navy and US Coast Guard.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website:

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