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'''USCGC ''Dependable'' (WMEC–626)''' is a [[United States Coast Guard]] [[Medium Endurance Cutter|medium endurance cutter]]. Her keel was laid down by [[American Ship Building Company]], [[Lorain, Ohio]] July 17, 1967 and she was launched March 16, 1968. ''Dependable'' was commissioned November 22, 1968 and her current homeport is Cape May, New Jersey. On February 24, 1995 she was decommissioned for Major Maintenance Availability (MMA), an 18 month, 21.7 million dollar project to overhaul and upgrade selected systems and equipment. The Coast Guard anticipates another fifteen years of service due to these renovations. She was re-commissioned [[United States Coast Guard Yard]] in Baltimore, Maryland on August 15, 1997.
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'''USCGC ''Dependable'' (WMEC–626)''' is a [[United States Coast Guard]] [[Medium Endurance Cutter|medium endurance cutter]]. Her keel was laid down by [[American Ship Building Company]], Lorain, Ohio July 17, 1967 and she was launched March 16, 1968. ''Dependable'' was commissioned November 22, 1968 and her current homeport is Cape May, New Jersey. On February 24, 1995 she was decommissioned for Major Maintenance Availability (MMA), an 18 month, 21.7 million dollar project to overhaul and upgrade selected systems and equipment. The Coast Guard anticipates another fifteen years of service due to these renovations. She was re-commissioned [[United States Coast Guard Yard]] in Baltimore, Maryland on August 15, 1997.
   
 
==Unit History==
 
==Unit History==
   
For 23 years she was homeported in [[Panama City]], [[Florida]]. In January 1992, the ship and her crew relocated to [[Galveston]], [[Texas]]. Portsmouth, Virginia was her home before being relocated to her new home in [[Cape May]], [[New Jersey]], on August 4, 2000. Her mission remains the same in Cape May as in the past. Examples of her missions include enforcing fishery regulations in the Atlantic, interdicting drug traffickers in the Caribbean, and rescuing Cuban and Haitian migrants in the Florida Straits.
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For 23 years she was homeported in Panama City, Florida. In January 1992, the ship and her crew relocated to Galveston, Texas. Portsmouth, Virginia was her home before being relocated to her new home in Cape May, New Jersey, on August 4, 2000. Her mission remains the same in Cape May as in the past. Examples of her missions include enforcing fishery regulations in the Atlantic, interdicting drug traffickers in the Caribbean, and rescuing Cuban and Haitian migrants in the Florida Straits.
 
 
In her 3rd year conducting law enforcement patrols, the crew intercepted and seized 15% of the marijuana seized by the entire [[Coast Guard]]. The highlight of 1978 was in August when she seized the merchant vessel “Heide”, which was carrying over {{convert|240000|lb|abbr=on}}. of marijuana. She then went on to receive national recognition on August 23, 1981 when seizing the fishing vessel “Sea King” for trafficking 9 tons of marijuana. In February 2000, she participated in a joint effort with a Coast Guard [[Law Enforcement Detachments|Law Enforcement Detachment]]. After the detachment seized fishing vessel “Rebelde”, she towed the vessel from [[Cristóbal, Panama|Cristobal]], Panama and transported 6 tons of cocaine and 7 smugglers to Tampa, [[Florida]], for prosecution. The journey lasted several days and covered {{convert|1250|nmi|km}}.
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In her 3rd year conducting law enforcement patrols, the crew intercepted and seized 15% of the marijuana seized by the entire [[Coast Guard]]. The highlight of 1978 was in August when she seized the merchant vessel “Heide”, which was carrying over {{convert|240000|lb|abbr=on}}. of marijuana. She then went on to receive national recognition on August 23, 1981 when seizing the fishing vessel “Sea King” for trafficking 9 tons of marijuana. In February 2000, she participated in a joint effort with a Coast Guard [[Law Enforcement Detachments|Law Enforcement Detachment]]. After the detachment seized fishing vessel “Rebelde”, she towed the vessel from Cristobal, Panama and transported 6 tons of cocaine and 7 smugglers to Tampa, Florida, for prosecution. The journey lasted several days and covered {{convert|1250|nmi|km}}.
 
 
 
The Dependable has received several awards including three Coast Guard Unit Commendations. She also has received two Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Humanitarian Service Medal for her lifesaving operations during the 1980 Cuban exodus.
 
The Dependable has received several awards including three Coast Guard Unit Commendations. She also has received two Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Humanitarian Service Medal for her lifesaving operations during the 1980 Cuban exodus.

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USCGC Dependable (WMEC-626)
USCGC Dependable (WMEC-626)
USCGC Dependable (WMEC-626)
Career (USCG)
Builder: American Ship Building Company, Lorain, Ohio
Laid down: July 17, 1967
Launched: March 16, 1968
Commissioned: November 22, 1968
Homeport: Cape May, New Jersey
Motto: Pro Lege pro Patria Conamur and Count on Us
Fate: Active
General characteristics
Displacement: 759 tons
Length: 210 ft 6 in (64.16 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draught: 10 ft 6 in (3.20 m) max
Propulsion: 2 x V16 2550 horsepower ALCO diesel engines
Speed: max 18 knots; 2,700 mile range
Range: cruise 14 knots; 6,100 mile range
Complement: 12 officers, 63 enlisted
Sensors and
processing systems:
2 x AN/SPS-64
Armament: 1 x Mk 38 25mm machine gun
2 x M2HB .50 caliber machine gun
Aircraft carried: HH-65 Dolphin

USCGC Dependable (WMEC–626) is a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter. Her keel was laid down by American Ship Building Company, Lorain, Ohio July 17, 1967 and she was launched March 16, 1968. Dependable was commissioned November 22, 1968 and her current homeport is Cape May, New Jersey. On February 24, 1995 she was decommissioned for Major Maintenance Availability (MMA), an 18 month, 21.7 million dollar project to overhaul and upgrade selected systems and equipment. The Coast Guard anticipates another fifteen years of service due to these renovations. She was re-commissioned United States Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Maryland on August 15, 1997.

Unit History[edit | edit source]

For 23 years she was homeported in Panama City, Florida. In January 1992, the ship and her crew relocated to Galveston, Texas. Portsmouth, Virginia was her home before being relocated to her new home in Cape May, New Jersey, on August 4, 2000. Her mission remains the same in Cape May as in the past. Examples of her missions include enforcing fishery regulations in the Atlantic, interdicting drug traffickers in the Caribbean, and rescuing Cuban and Haitian migrants in the Florida Straits.

In her 3rd year conducting law enforcement patrols, the crew intercepted and seized 15% of the marijuana seized by the entire Coast Guard. The highlight of 1978 was in August when she seized the merchant vessel “Heide”, which was carrying over 240,000 lb (110,000 kg). of marijuana. She then went on to receive national recognition on August 23, 1981 when seizing the fishing vessel “Sea King” for trafficking 9 tons of marijuana. In February 2000, she participated in a joint effort with a Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment. After the detachment seized fishing vessel “Rebelde”, she towed the vessel from Cristobal, Panama and transported 6 tons of cocaine and 7 smugglers to Tampa, Florida, for prosecution. The journey lasted several days and covered 1,250 nautical miles (2,320 km).

The Dependable has received several awards including three Coast Guard Unit Commendations. She also has received two Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations and the Humanitarian Service Medal for her lifesaving operations during the 1980 Cuban exodus.

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