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USCGC GALLATIN (WHEC 721)

CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINAUSCGC GALLATIN Logo Image

SHIP'S HISTORY

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USCGC GALLATIN is home ported at the old Charleston Naval Complex, located in North Charleston, South Carolina in the Seventh Coast Guard District.  The Charleston area, founded in 1670, often called the Low Country, is loaded with history and beauty. Charleston has been the site of numerous historic “firsts.”  During the Revolutionary War, the first decisive victory for America was at the Battle of Fort Sullivan.  The first regularly scheduled passenger train service was established in 1830.  Fort Sumter was the site of the first shots of the Civil War, where Union troops were fired upon in Charleston Harbor.  The South Carolina Golf Club was the first golf club established in America in 1786.  These firsts have lead to the development of an exciting and interesting city.  Downtown Charleston streets are lined with Victorian style houses; the city contains numerous churches, museums, famous homes and parks, including the “Battery."  The "Battery" now a beautiful park at the southern end of the city, was once the main canon emplacement for the protection of the city.  The Old City Market is home to many locals’ crafts and famous hand-made sweetgrass baskets.  Surrounding areas of Charleston, including North Charleston, West Ashley, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, John and James Islands, and Folly Beach contain a large number of historic sites and are home to many beautiful and famous Southern Plantations.  Isle of Palms and Folly Beach have beautiful semi-tropical climates and are popular for various water activities, including surfing, swimming, windsurfing, surfcasting, offshore-fishing, crabbing and shrimping.  In all, Charleston is full of activity, history and unbeatable beauty.  In 1996, GALLATIN became part of Charleston.

Photo Image Albert Gallatin GALLATIN is the sixth Coast Guard Cutter to be named after Albert Gallatin, who served as Secretary of the Treasury under the Presidents Jefferson and Madison.  Gallatin was born in Switzerland in 1761 and came to America in 1780.  In his long career of dedicated public service, he held office as Representative and Senator from the great state of Pennsylvania, Ambassador to France and the court of Saint James (Great Britain), and President of the National Bank. 

 He founded New York University and helped negotiate the treaty of Ghent to end the War of 1812.  Albert Gallatin died in 1849 and is buried at Trinity Church, in New York City, where GALLATIN was home ported until 1996.

Avondale Shipyard in New Orleans, Louisiana, built the present GALLATIN in 1968 with an eye toward the changing world in which GALLATIN must carry on the traditions of America's oldest sea going service.  GALLATIN was designed and constructed as one of 12 multi-mission HAMILTON Class Cutters, which incorporate modern concepts of naval architecture and engineering.  Although rigorous missions, including Search and Rescue and Law Enforcement, keep the GALLATIN crew busy, GALLATIN’s design allows the ship to maintain the highly sophisticated operational capabilities while still providing comfort and convenience for her crew.

GALLATIN is equipped with a helicopter flight deck, retractable hangar, and the facilities to support helicopter deployments.  In addition, GALLATIN carries a Cutter Boat Over-the-Horizon (CB-OTH) RHI with the capability to go in excess of 40 knots, and carry out missions far from the cutter.  The 378-foot High Endurance Cutter (WHEC) has four main engines and can be driven by either twin Fairbanks Morse 12-cylinder diesel engines or twin Pratt and Whitney gas turbines via two controllable-pitch propellers.  The Cutter GALLATIN was introduced into the Coast Guard inventory on 20 December 1968 as a highly versatile and capable ship that has performed many missions such as weather station, fisheries enforcement, search and rescue, migrant interdiction, drug interdiction, escort duty in the Mediterranean, Homeland Security patrols, disaster relief, and international training.

 

Last Modified 9/19/2013