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USCGC Sapelo (WPB-1314)
USCGC Sapelo moored next to a cruise liner in San Juan
USCGC Sapelo moored next to a cruise liner in San Juan.
Career (United States) Ensign of the United States Coast Guard.svg
Name: Sapelo
Namesake: Sapelo Island, Georgia, U.S.
Builder: Bollinger Shipyard
Cost: Approx. $7 Million
Homeport: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Homer, Alaska
Status: Active in service
General characteristics
Class & type: Island-class patrol boat
Displacement: 164 tons
Length: 110 ft (34 m)
Beam: 21 ft (6.4 m)
Draft: 6.5 ft (2.0 m)
Propulsion: Twin Paxman Valenta 16-CM RP-200M
Speed: 30+ knots
Range: 9,900 miles
Endurance: 6 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
1 - RHI (90 HP outboard engine)
Complement: 18 personnel (3 officers, 15 enlisted)
Armament: 25 mm Mk 38 machine gun
5 x .50 caliber machine guns
1 x MK 19 40MM Grenade Launcher Various Small Arms

The USCGC Sapelo (WPB-1314) is an Island class cutter, operated by the United States Coast Guard.[1] In 2013, unlike other Island class cutters, she was not commanded by a commissioned officer, she was commanded by a Chief Warrant Officer.

In 2013 the Sapelo seized a shipment of 1.3 tons of cocaine, estimated to be worth $34 million United States dollars.[2]

In June 2015, the Homer News reported that a sister ship of the Sapelo, the Roanoke Island, stationed in Homer, Alaska, was being retired.[3] They reported that, since the Sapelo had been replaced by a new Sentinel class cutter, she would be brought to Homer to replace the Roanoke. The previous crew of the Roanoke would take over the Sapelo.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo (WPB-1314): Primary mission is law enforcement and search and rescue". USCG. 2013-04-19. http://www.uscg.mil/sectorsanjuan/Sector_Units/USCGC_Sapelo/sapelo.asp. Retrieved 2015-06-05. 
  2. "Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo seizes $34 million of cocaine". Coast Guard News. 2013-01-18. http://coastguardnews.com/coast-guard-cutter-sapelo-seizes-34-million-of-cocaine/2013/01/18/. Retrieved 2015-06-04. "After searching throughout the night and the following day, the crew of the Sapelo recovered 43 bales of contraband that had been thrown overboard by the suspects aboard the fleeing vessel. Further inspection and testing of the suspected contraband revealed it to be cocaine." 
  3. Michael Armstrong (2015-06-04). "Coast Guard cutter forced into retirement". Homer News. Archived from the original on 2015-06-04. http://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http%3A%2F%2Fhomernews.com%2Fhomer-news%2Flocal-news%2F2015-06-04%2Fcoast-guard-cutter-forced-into-retirement&date=2015-06-04. "Homer won’t lose the 18 crewmembers and their families, however. An Island Class patrol boat, the 110-foot Roanoke Island will be replaced in Homer by a sister ship, the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sapelo, now stationed in Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico." 

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