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USCGC Tahoma (WMEC-908)
USCGC Tahoma Kittery Maine 2010-02-26.jpg
USCGC Tahoma (WMEC-908) at Kittery Maine, February 2010
Career (US)
Name: USCGC Tahoma
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
Nickname: Mighty T
Fate: Active
Badge: USCGC Tahoma WMEC-908 coat of arms.jpg
General characteristics
Class & type: Famous-class United States Coast Guard Cutter
Displacement: 1,800 tons
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
& decoys:
AN/SLQ-32 (receive only)
Armament: 1 OTO Melara Mk 75 76 mm/62 caliber naval gun
2 x .50 caliber (12.7 mm) machine gun
Aircraft carried: HH-65 Dolphin
HH-60 Jayhawk
MH-68 Stingray

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.[1]

On 13 January 2010, the Tahoma was ordered to assist in the humanitarian relief efforts following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[2]

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.[3]

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USCGC Tahoma (WMEC-908)

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