|USCGC Alex Haley (WMEC-39)|
USCGC Alex Haley (WMEC-39)
|Namesake:||Alex Haley (USCG)|
|Laid down:||28 March 1967|
|Launched:||15 May 1968|
|Commissioned:||23 March 1971 USS Edenton(ATS-1) (USN)|
|Decommissioned:||29 March 1996 (USN)|
|Struck:||29 December 1997 (USN)|
|Reinstated:||10 July 1999 (USCG)|
|Motto:||Find the good and praise it.|
|Status:||in active service, as of 2019[update]|
|Class & type:||Edenton|
2,592 tons (lt)|
3,484 tons (fl)
|Length:||283 ft (86 m)|
|Beam:||50 ft (15 m)|
|Draught:||17 ft (5.2 m)|
4 Caterpillar diesels,|
10 officers |
2 × 25 mm guns,|
2 × .50 caliber guns
The United States Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley (WMEC-39) is a former U.S. Navy vessel that was recommissioned for Coast Guard duty on July 10, 1999. It was first commissioned as the USS Edenton (ATS-1), an Edenton-class salvage and rescue ship on January 23, 1971. In 1995, Edenton won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet.
The conversion from a salvage ship to a Coast Guard cutter involved the removal of the stern towing machine, forward crane, and A-frame, and the installation of a flight-deck, retractable hangar, and air-search radar. Additionally, her four aging Paxman diesel engines were replaced with four 16 cylinder Caterpillar diesels.
The cutter was named after author and journalist Alex Haley, the first chief journalist of the Coast Guard, the first African-American ever to reach the rank of Chief Petty Officer, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Roots: The Saga of an American Family. Haley served in the Coast Guard for 20 years.
Her current home port is Kodiak, Alaska at the U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Kodiak from where she carries out her Fishery Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue primary missions.
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