Commissioning the newest Coast Guard flagship

Waesche, the new Legend-class National Security Cutter, is designed to execute the most challenging maritime security, law enforcement, and national defense missions.

ALAMEDA, Calif--The U.S. Coast Guard entered one of its newest and most technologically advanced vessels into action during a ceremony here Friday, with the commissioning of the 418-foot National Security Cutter Waesche, a Legend-class vessel replacing antiquated ships from the 1960s.

Equipped with the state-of-the-art command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaisance (C4ISR) equipment, the abilities of the Waesche are part of an interoperability objective that will give the Coast Guard better collaborative interagency capabilities, improving operational readiness and enabling better fulfillment of new multimission roles more effectively.

See the full gallery of images from inside the Waesche here .

Vice Admiral David Pekoske, vice commandant for the U.S. Coast Guard, sits on stage prior to giving the principal address at the commissioning of the National Security Cutter Waesche.
Vice Admiral David Pekoske, vice commandant for the U.S. Coast Guard, sits on stage prior to giving the principal address at the commissioning of the National Security Cutter Waesche. James Martin/CNET

Designed in accordance with the Coast Guard's expanding roles, the Waesche also possesses a greater ability to launch and recover small boats, helicopters, and eventually unmanned aerial vehicles.
Designed in accordance with the Coast Guard's expanding roles, the Waesche also possesses a greater ability to launch and recover small boats, helicopters, and eventually unmanned aerial vehicles. James Martin/CNET

More than 1,000 guests attended the commissioning of the Waesche, the second of eight planned U.S. Coast Guard Cutters on Coast Guard Island here in Alameda, Calif.
More than 1,000 guests attended the commissioning of the Waesche, the second of eight planned U.S. Coast Guard Cutters on Coast Guard Island here in Alameda, Calif. James Martin/CNET

Decorating the ship with colorful flags for Friday's ceremony, each representing the alphabet, numbers, or important messages, the system of international maritime signal flags is used to send messages between ships.
Decorating the ship with colorful flags for Friday's ceremony, each representing the alphabet, numbers, or important messages, the system of international maritime signal flags is used to send messages between ships. James Martin/CNET

The Mk110 57mm gun is the Waesche's main offensive weapon, capable of firing 220 rounds per minute, essentially making it a (very) large-caliber machine gun.
The Mk110 57mm gun is the Waesche's main offensive weapon, capable of firing 220 rounds per minute, essentially making it a (very) large-caliber machine gun. James Martin/CNET

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