Portsmouth, VA, Official Coast Guard City
Few words carry as much weight in the annals of Coast Guard history as the word "TAMPA." Four proud cutters have carried that name through a century of Coast Guard activity. The first TAMPA, a little 190-footer of 1,191 tons launched in 1912 (and originally called the MIAMI) is where we will start our journey.
The TAMPA's strongest ties were with the city of Tampa, Florida, where she served in those peaceful days prior to the outbreak of World War I. With the exceptions of a couple of ice patrols, her activities centered around the patrol of regattas and marine festivals. But the war clouds gathered and the TAMPA was soon on her way to battle submarines in the North Atlantic. ..more
"Thy way is in the sea, thy path in the great waters"
COMMANDING OFFICER: CDR
EXECUTIVE OFFICER: LCDR Anne O'Connell
COMMAND CHIEF: BMC Melisa A. Neal