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Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf, Patrol Aircraft Complete Milestone Journey
WASHINGTON , DC (02/11/08) --

The U. S. Coast Guard's first-in-class national security cutter will complete its builder trials shortly, after successfully operating in concert with the service's new maritime patrol aircraft, the Ocean Sentry HC-144, and a newly re-engined HC-65 helicopter.

Rear Admiral Ron Rábago, the Coast Guard's program executive officer, who was on board Bertholf as it departed Pascagoula, Miss. on Friday said, "As Bertholf completes her pre-delivery testing, we are very excited about the capabilities that this ship is going to bring to the Coast Guard."

The Coast Guard anticipates that acceptance trials - the next phase in the process of formally accepting Bertholf into its fleet - will be conducted in three to four weeks. The four days of builder trials test the cutter's systems and performance in advance of the Coast Guard formally accepting it later this spring, and commissioning the cutter for service this summer.

The flagship in the Coast Guard's first new class of large cutters in 25 years, the 418-foot Bertholf is the Coast Guard's largest ever patrol cutter. It is the first of eight planned cutters in the Legend Class, which will modernize the Coast Guard fleet with increased range and endurance, more powerful weapons, larger flight decks, advanced hazardous materials detection systems, and state-of-the-art communication and intelligence systems.

Bertholf will be home ported in Alameda, California.


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