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Oldest still commissioned CG vessel
Last Post 05 Aug 2014 07:19 AM by Old Guard2. 15 Replies.
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02 Jan 2010 01:12 AM
    I want to discover the oldest commissioned CG vessel.  How old.  Launched when? Where is it now?

    I am a PA Officer and writing an article.  US Navy is boasting about a 1997 destroyer being the "oldest" production warship.  They forgot about "Old Ironsides" (six were produced from the same plans of John Barry, Captain No. 1 US Navy).  But I know there are CG vessels much older.  The cutters in my area are from the 1964-65 era.

    Can anyone help me?

    Thanks.

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    02 Jan 2010 02:13 AM
    MY SON IS STATIONED AT YAQUINA BAY ,OR. AND THEY HAVE THE 52 FOOT VICTORY WHICH WAS COMMISSIONED IN 1956. MY SON SAID WHEN IT IS EVENTUALLY RETIRED IT WILL BE GOING TO THE SMITHSONIAN FOR DISPLAY.
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    02 Jan 2010 02:59 AM
    Do you mean vessels still in commission with the Coast Guard? Starting from when they entered Coast Guard service or when they were launched? There are a lot of different ways to answer the question depending on what exactly you are looking for.

    I will say that, according to the Coast Guard website, the current "Queen of the Fleet" is the 213' cutter Acushnet, which was originally built for the Coast Guard and commissioned on 8/23/46.

    The cutter "Eagle" was built in Germany in 1936 and commissioned as the Horst Wessel. It was seized after WWII and entered into Coast Guard service as a training vessel on 5/15/46.
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    02 Jan 2010 08:37 PM
    The Acushnet is the oldest operational cutter in the fleet right now. It was the CGC Storis but she was decommed about 3 years ago. And just so ya all know, the oldest boat of its class in the CG gets to have its hull number written in gold.


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    04 Jan 2010 12:43 PM
    My son had the honor of serving aboard the Storis as his first duty station after boot camp in 2003. He also got to re-paint the gold "38" on her bow in Kodiak. This ship had an amazing history, serving from Greenland to Alaska for over 64 years! Here's a link to her history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USCGC_..._(WMEC-38)

    The torch was passed to the Acusnet upon her retirement.


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    04 Jan 2010 05:14 PM
    cgc alex haley was originally commissioned in the late 1960's with the navy. then refurbished i believe in the 1990's for the uscg. not the oldest cutter......but certainly one of them! :):)


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    19 Jan 2010 08:30 PM
    i think its the eagle


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    19 Jan 2010 08:55 PM
    That would be correct, the Eagle was commisioned in Germany in 1792. While an active part of the CG inventory, and obviously the oldest, she is classified as a "training vessel". The oldest Cutter in service is the Acushnet.


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    19 Jan 2010 09:15 PM
    Well, according to the Coast Guard the current Eagle (Eagle #7) was built in 1936. Eagle #1 was built in 1792.
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    19 Jan 2010 10:04 PM
    Missed it by THAT much! (Maxwell Smart).


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    19 Jan 2010 10:08 PM
    Sorry about that, Chief...
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    19 Jan 2010 10:34 PM
    I hereby invoke the "cone of silence"


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    19 Jan 2010 10:41 PM
    WHAT?
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    04 Aug 2014 12:01 PM
    The first ship of the Arleigh Burke class was commissioned on 4 July 1991. With the decommissioning of the last Spruance-class destroyer, Cushing, on 21 September 2005, the Arleigh Burke–class ships became the U.S. Navy's only active destroyers; the class has the longest production run for any postwar U.S. Navy surface combatant.
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    04 Aug 2014 09:26 PM
    The smilax is the oldest now I Think
    Take what you like and leave the rest behind.
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    05 Aug 2014 07:19 AM
    About the Smilax


    Operator: United States Coast Guard

    Builder: Dubuque Boat & Boiler Works[1]

    Cost: $194,238

    Laid down: 26 November 1943

    Launched: 18 August 1944

    Commissioned: 1 November 1944

    Reclassified: WLI (1966), WLIC (1979)

    Homeport: Fort Pierce, Florida (1944–1954)
    New Smyrna Beach, Florida (1954–1965)
    Brunswick, Georgia (1965–1999)
    Atlantic Beach, North Carolina (1999–)

    Motto: Natu Maximus Mandatum Traba
    (Oldest Commissioned Ship)

    Nickname: Queen of the Fleet

    There you have it...
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