SAN FRANCISCO – The US Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, homeported at Coast Guard Island, Alameda, CA, transits out of the San Francisco Bay, Friday, March 9, 2012. The Bertholf is the first National Security Cutter and is one of the flagships of the modern day Coast Guard along with the cutter Waesche and the soon to be commissioned cutter Stratton. (US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Levi Read.)

[Image courtesy of the US Coast Guard Website.]