GALVESTON, TEXAS 77553-1942
COAST GUARD CUTTER DAUNTLESS
DAUNTLESS is the first cutter in Coast Guard history to hold this name. Like all ships in the "Reliance" class of 210 foot medium endurance cutters, DAUNTLESS is named for an aspirational trait, this case meaning to "persevere fearlessly". This trait is further reflected in the ship motto "Sin Miedo" which, in Spanish, means "Without Fear".
Since her commissioning in 1967, DAUNTLESS was homeported in Miami, Florida, until 1993 when she was decommissioned and entered Major Maintenance Availablility (MMA) at the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, Maryland. Lasting 18 months and at a total cost of 21 million dollars, the ship was completely overhauled from stem to stern. The major renovations included the addition of an engine exhaust stack aft of the pilot house, a complete powerplant overhaul, installation of new navigation and communications systems, and extensive habitability improvements. After MMA, DAUNTLESS was assigned to her new homeport of Galveston, Texas.
Throughout her distinguished history, DAUNTLESS has compiled an impressive record of operational achievements, swiftly earning a reputation as one of the nations' premier "drug busters". In fact, DAUNTLESS became the first cutter in history to seize one million pounds of marijuana, an accomplishement signified by a large gold marijuana leaf painted on her superstructure. To date, DAUNTLESS has 90 illegal narcotics 'busts" to her credit, more than any other cutter!
DAUNTLESS has also played a leading role in Search and Rescue operations. During the mass Cuban exodus between April 23 and May 13 of 1980, over 25 vessels were towed to safety, eight persons adrift at sea were rescued, and an astonishing 55 SAR cases were conducted! The ship's most publicized case occurred during January 1986, when DAUNTLESS was first to arrive and served as On Scene Commander (until relieved by USCGC Dallas) for the response to the space shuttle Challenger disaster. On November 24, 1995 DAUNTLESS rescued 578 migrants from a grossly overloaded 75 foot coastal freighter, the largest number of migrants rescued from a single vessel in Coast Guard history.
Since relocation to Galveston, Texas, in March of 1995, DAUNTLESS has continued to proudly perform her primary missions of enforcing United States laws and treaties and protecting mariners from the perils of the sea. In 2009, DAUNTLESS entered the Mission Effectiveness Program (MEP), a 10-month drydock availability designed to increase the ship's long-term capability by conducting equipment upgrades, habitability improvements and structural repairs to improve reliability and drive down costs, and 14 210' WMEC cutters are slated for MEP. DAUNTLESS will be the 10th 210' to come out of MEP. There are well over 100 individual work items being completed on DAUNTLESS. The exterior "make-over" was completed on Friday 30 October, then followed by a second extended training and maintenance availability to bring the crew up to speed on all the new equipment, overhaul some existing infrastructure that fell outside the MEP contract, and prepare to conduct all Coast Guard missions before returning home to Galveston in late December 2009. While the work in MEP was performed completely by the Coast Guard Yard, this second availability will be done almost completely by the ship's 80 crew members and officers. Following these overhauls and upgrades, the Coast Guard expects DAUNTLESS to continue operations for fifteen more years.
DAUNTLESS' awards include the Coast Guard Unit Commendation (2), the Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation (5), the Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation, the Coast Guard "E" ribbon (7), the National Defense Service Medal (3), and the Humanitarian Service Medal (3).
USCGC DAUNTLESS (WMEC 624
3000 Fort Point Road
Galveston, Texas 77553-1942