|USCGC Tahoma (WMEC-908)|
USCGC Tahoma (WMEC-908) at Kittery Maine, February 2010
|Builder:||Robert Derecktor Shipyard Incorporated, Middletown, Rhode Island|
|Laid down:||June 28, 1983|
|Acquired:||August 12, 1987|
|Commissioned:||April 6, 1988|
|Homeport:||Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Kittery, Maine|
|Motto:||Courage, Justice, Compassion|
|Class & type:||Famous-class United States Coast Guard Cutter|
|Length:||270 ft (82 m)|
|Beam:||38 ft (12 m)|
|Draught:||14.5 ft (4.4 m)|
|Propulsion:||Twin turbo-charged ALCO V-18 diesel engines|
|Speed:||19.5 knots (36.1 km/h; 22.4 mph)|
|Range:||9,900 nautical miles (18,300 km; 11,400 mi)|
|Complement:||100 personnel (14 officers, 86 enlisted)|
|Electronic warfare |
|AN/SLQ-32 (receive only)|
1 OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun|
2 x .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine gun
USCGC Tahoma (WMEC-908) is a United States Coast Guard medium endurance cutter. Her keel was laid on June 28, 1983 at Robert Derecktor Shipyard Incorporated, Middletown, Rhode Island. She was delivered August 12, 1987 and commissioned April 6, 1988. She is the third cutter to bear the name Tahoma, which is the Northwest Pacific Indian word that refers to the Cascade Range mountain peak now known as Mount Rainier. Her nickname, Mighty T, was selected because it was the nickname of her predecessor, Tahoma (WPG-80), during World War II.
On 13 January 2010, the Tahoma was ordered to assist in the humanitarian relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
During the afternoon of 16 January 2010 a baby boy was born on board to a Haitian woman while it was transporting wounded survivors from Port-au-Prince to the still-functional medical facilities of Cap-Haïtien, to the north.
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- "gov". http://www.uscg.mil/lantarea/cutter/tahoma/Mission,%20History,%20and%20Facts.htm. Retrieved 14 January 2010.
- "Coast Guard Sends Cutters, Aircraft to Haiti". Navy Times. 2010-01-13. http://www.navytimes.com/news/2010/01/coastguard_haiti_011310w/. Retrieved 2010-01-13.
- "100116-G-0000X-001 HAITI RESPONSE". Visual Information Gallery. United States Coast Guard. http://cgvi.uscg.mil/media/main.php?g2_itemId=751957. Retrieved 2010-01-17.
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